Resizing Your Jewelry Products Photos for the Web

When it comes time to putting photos of your work on your website there are a few things you may wish to consider. Keeping the file size down to a minimum is a major must. Most users will leave your site and never come back if your images take too long to load on their computer. In order to keep your file size to a minimum, you may have to do some image resizing.

How do you do this? Depending on how you loaded your images onto your computer, you should at least have graphic editing software on your machine. All digital cameras and scanners come with this software bundled in with the software for your camera or scanner. Knowing how to use the software is a whole different ballgame.

In this issue, we will provide step by step instructions on how you can do this with a couple of the more widely know editing software programs.

Adobe Photoshop

1. Open your image in Photoshop

2. Go to Image and select Image Size

3. Make sure your resolution is set to 72 pixels per inch

4. Change the dimensional size of the photo. (You can do this in either pixel size or inches.)

5. Press the OK button

6. Go to File and select Save For Web

7. Choose to save your file as a JPEG or GIF (If your images are photos with a lot of colors in it, you will want to choose JPEG.)

8. Select either High or Medium Quality

9. Press OK

10. Save the picture to your hard drive.

Photoshop Elements

1. Open your image in Photoshop Elements

2. Go to the image drop down menu

3. Select Resize and then Image Resize

4. Make sure your resolution is set to 72 pixels per inch

5. Change the size of the photo to the correct pixel size

6. Press OK

7. Go to File and select Save For Web

8. Choose to save your file as a JPEG or GIF (If your images are photos with a lot of colors in it, you will want to choose JPEG.)

9. Select either High or Medium Quality

10. Press OK

11. Save the image to your hard drive

Although the above are two of the most popular image editing programs, I have also provided links to tutorials on resizing images for many other programs.

Adobe PhotoDeluxe

http://www.compugoddess.com/photodeluxe.htm

Paintshop Pro

http://www.pembrokesc.vic.edu.au/home/steve/digital/resize.htm

Lview Pro

http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/webpub/lview3.htm

There are many more graphic editing software suites out there. If you are having issues resizing your photos, do a search on Google for your graphic editor. There is a wealth of tutorials out there. Also feel free to e-mail me with the name of your program and I am sure I can find a tutorial for you.

Thanks and have a great day!

Brian Appell