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How do you compress an image/file size??

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
My program I use for signatures used to pop up a window when I wanted to save it so I could compress it as much as needed. Now it won't do that anymore, and I cannot find how to do it, I've scoured the program. Most siggys I make do need to be smaller in bytes for the site's size limits.

Help?
post #2 of 24
You'd probably need to ask someone familliar with the program that you are using. Does it have a "help" file where you can look it up?

In PSP when I click "save as" they have an "options" tab where I can select "run optimizer". Or from the "File" tab, I can click "Export" & then either "JPG Optimizer", GIF Optimizer" or "PNG Optimizer".

I don't know if it's the same with your program... which one are you using?
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Oh... I was thinking maybe someone knew about some type of downloadable free thing. I'm using Photofiltre, and I don't think it's the same, but I could try. Thanks.
post #4 of 24
If you have microsoft Photo editor you can resave the files using that program and you get a choice to trduce the file size. the loss in quality isn't huge either. I use that and a mixture of saving in Photoshop. I find by mixing and matching I can get the best quality available to that file size.
post #5 of 24
Try this freeware for resizing: www.irfanview.com
post #6 of 24
Definitely go for irfanview.
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
Alright... I downloaded Irfanview. Now what? I can't find where you can make the file size smaller.
post #8 of 24
Go to "File" and "Open" your image. Then go to "Image" and "Resize/Resample", where you can change the dimensions or dpi. Once you've made the changes, go back to "File" and use "Save" or "Save as". Hope that helps!
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
Ok- I don't need to change the dimensions, but is the dpi, like, the file size?? I'm not really familiar with all these fancy terms

Thank you for helping me! (I really like your new sig by the way!!)
post #10 of 24
That's dots per inch. If you reduce the number (not too drastically, start with subtracting 1 or 2), your file size will also be reduced. It's often a matter of trial and error.
Your current siggy is 31,392 bytes at 72 dpi. If you reduce the dpi to 71 or 70, you end up with 22,195 bytes, without much loss in picture quality:

I didn't make the background to my new siggy. I downloaded one from a site offering free backgrounds (for Photofiltre), and then played with "effects" until it came out that way. I just wish I remembered what effects I used!
post #11 of 24
xat.com has a great utility (image optimizer) that lets you look at how it looks at each level and add a blur to make it look better if you have to reduce alot. i find simply opening it in MS Paint and saving it usually helps a lot too.
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by icklemiss21
xat.com has a great utility (image optimizer) that lets you look at how it looks at each level and add a blur to make it look better if you have to reduce alot. i find simply opening it in MS Paint and saving it usually helps a lot too.
Thanks I'll have to check that out sometime

And thank you again jcat for resizing my signature.........
I did try lowering the dpi, but it did NOTHING
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
I just want to scream!!!!!!!!!! I feel so stupid. I've been trying for days to figure out the xat.com thing I downloaded & installed. There are just a ton of folders, help files, etc. I cannot find the actual program
post #14 of 24
Did you get that figured out? You could search your hard disc for *.exe or *.zip to see if you can find the file.
post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 
No - I didn't get it figured out...
Now I don't know what happened to even the folders

post #16 of 24
OK. Do you have Microsoft Windows? Do you know how to search for files on your computer?
post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
Yes & yes.
Ok I'll search right now.
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
Oh! Well whadd'ya know. The folders popped up! They were in my D drive ??
Well at least I found them.


Right now I'm looking through the folders and trying again to find the actual program...........
post #19 of 24
That's a bit odd - my D:\\ drive is my CD ROM drive. But some people have partitioned hard drives.
post #20 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by kluchetta
That's a bit odd - my D:\\ drive is my CD ROM drive. But some people have partitioned hard drives.
I'm not sure where my D:\\ drive is. If it is in the CD ROM drive in mine.. I dunno.. I might have had it open (or however you'd say that) when I installed it. Because I remember, around the time I installed it, I had been getting pics outta that drive I think (I don't know much what I'm talking about here so bear with me ).......
post #21 of 24
OK. Have you found the .exe file. If you double click it, it should install...
post #22 of 24
I just downloaded it. It's called iview398.exe.
post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 
OK sorry I forgot about my thread here for awhile.
I'm going to look for it...thanks! for bearing with me here....
post #24 of 24
LOL!

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