Editing your pictures and photographs

This article will be useful to you if you are uploading big images straight off your camera onto your website - you may be finding that your web pages take a long time to download and you eat up lots of your alloted webspace. You may also want to crop your images to taste.

To make your photos website friendly simply open up your preferred image editor and resize it so it is a maximum of 1200 pixels wide (sometimes written as 'px'), as most computer screens are at a resolution of 1200 pixels wide. An ideal size would be around 600 - 750 pixels for a full screen image and around 100 - 200 pixels wide for a thumbnail image.

There are many free image editors out there, Mr Site has compiled a list of some of the best:

GIMP

GIMP stands for 'GNU image manipulation program' and is one of the most commonly used alternatives to Photoshop. It doesn’t have all the features of Photoshop has but it certainly has most of them and is also supported by a huge online community.

Paint.net

Paint.net is a Windows-only editor that was based upon the old MSPaint application and slowly grew into a well-made open source image editor.

Picasa

As well as being an image editor, it is also a photo organiser allowing you to quickly file all your pictures.

Picnik

If you use Flickr, Facebook, Myspace, Picasa web albums or Photobucket then this could be for you. This web-based application (meaning you have to be connected to the internet to use it) lets you crop, rotate and resize along with a clutch of special effects.


Please note: The Mr Site technical Customer Services will not be able to help you with any problems you have whilst using any of the above applications. If you need any assistance, you will need to contact the Customer Services for each individual application.