I am still surprised when I get pictures as attachments in e-mails that I receive. The surprise is that I see humongous file sizes like 3 or 4 Mb. It is obvious to me that those who send me these pictures are sending full size images. Even using DSL, if I have six or seven of these pictures it still takes a while for me to download them and see them. In addition, I am sure that it takes the sender a lot longer to send the email since the upload speeds are much lower than the download speeds on any internet connection. So, how are we to e-mail pictures as attachments? Why is it still difficult? Well, read on.
Why does it take so long to send e-mail with pictures in it?
The answer is simple: it’s because image files are large files. So, unless you make them smaller it will always take a long time to send e-mails containing pictures in them. The more pictures you attach to your e-mail the longer it will take.
Image files are very large files. If you include images the way they come from your camera you will always have a hard time e-mailing pictures. What’s the solution? Well it’s simple: you have to resize your pictures.
How do I resize my pictures so I can include them in my e-mails?
While the solution sounds simple, it is not very simple to actually do it. I will list two ways by which you can easily resize your pictures and send them as attachments in an e-mail. Remember the key is to resize the pictures before sending them.
- You must use some software that allows you to resize pictures (i.e. Picasa, Faststone Image Viewer, XnView, etc.)
- Select the pictures you want to send.
- Locate the option in your software that allows you to resize the pictures (in Picasa it’s File>Export, in FastStone Image Viewer it’s Tools>E-mail). Select this function.
- Normally the software you’re using will ask you where you want to place the resized pictures. I suggest you place them in a special sub-folder called
- Then open up your e-mail program and create a new e-mail message and then click the attachment button or link. Navigate to this folder where you placed the resized images (i.e.
- You’re done…you can click the send button.
The important part of the solution is that you create new pictures that have been re-sized from original pictures you have taken with your camera. Once you place the new pictures in a folder that you can find then you just attach the new pictures to your e-mail messages.
If I have taken some pictures at Maria’s birthday party at the park and I want to send some pictures by e-mail, then my folder structure will look something like this:
My Pictures 2009 2009-09-18-San_Diego_family_trip 2009-10-15-Park_maria_birthday email
As a side note, if you have GMail e-mail account use Picasa to send e-mails. Picasa makes it very easy for you to send e-mails with pictures as attachments especially if you have a GMail e-mail account. If you do, then Picasa is probably the easiest way for you to do it and you don’t have to worry about the steps above.
How small should I make my pictures ?
I usually send pictures that are 1600px by 1200px by e-mail. This size is large enough for the internet and provides enough details for viewing.
Remember that Facebook for example makes them even smaller at 640px by 480px I believe, if not smaller.
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