Do you know how to size those pesky pictures?

If not maybe this will help.

Converting screenshots or other pictures to jpg’s or changing the DPI is so easy using a program called Paint.net.

Thought I’d share with y’all my steps.

For screenshots, I use a screen recorder called Icecream Apps. It’s a FREE download and super easy to use.

Select the picture or area of your computer screen you want to copy and select screenshot. Save. The program saves it as a .png. This is where I reach for one of my favorite programs, Paint.net.

This is where I reach for one of my favorite programs, Paint.net.

In your file folder, file folderfind the picture and right click to “open with” Paint.net. Once the picture opens, do a “save as” a Jpeg.

Next, you can manipulate the size and DPI of the picture.

Click on “Image” in the drop down menu. Select “Resize”

 

So tell me, are you more confused than ever? Or did this help any?

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6 thoughts on “Do you know how to size those pesky pictures?

  1. I just checked this out. Mac is not supported. Hope you did well at AuthorCon. I’d like to hear your thoughts. Will you go again next year?

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    1. Yes, it was fun. Met some really nice authors. Not sure about next year. I’d like to see some things done a little differently. But being new to this type of venue, not sure what to expect.

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  2. One thing that some people aren’t aware of is “inches” and “centimeters” aren’t used on a computer screen, whether it be a PC, tablet, or iPhone. In the computer world, pixels/tiles are used. Approximately 325px (pixels) equals 5 inches or the width of a business card. Although, for picture quality, png is preferred, when trying to get the weight of the picture down so it loads fast on a screen, jpg and gif is a better way to go. Gif is better for illustrations, where jpg is better for photos. So far, the only 2 programs I’m sure about that have the tool to lessen the weight are PaintShop Pro and Photoshop. There’s probability other programs out there but I don’t know what they are.

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  3. Turns out Paint.net doesn’t yet have a Mac version (if I’m wrong, I hope someone will provide a link). Mac users can capture screen shots using the Grab utility or COMMAND + SHIFT + 3 for the whole screen or COMMAND + SHIFT + 4 for a selection. You can open your screen shots in Mac’s Preview for resizing and changes in resolution. Preview, in fact, has a screen shot option as well as a variety of “markup tools” such as the addition of text. I downloaded GIMP because I wanted more ability to work in layers, but to add to Jean’s great advice here, for many uses, if you’re on a Mac, Preview works fine.

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    1. I do hope you’ll check out Sumo Paint for layers. I think you’ll be floored after struggling with Gimp. Thanks for all the info on Mac, as a Windows user I know little to nothing about Macs.

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