How-To: Resize Photos Easily For E-Mail
Whenever you take a photo with a digital camera the resulting JPEG file is obviously quite large both in dimensions and file size.
Many people like to send photos as file attachments in e-mail. While it’s true most e-mail services will auto-resize photos for you (like Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail), the rest do not.
The Online Image Resizer at www.resize2mail.com is the easiest solution I found for a quick resizing of any GIF or JPEG image to attach to e-mail afterwards. All you have to do is browse for the image file, select the size you want, crop it using your mouse (it’s very easy) and then re-download the file to attach.
A web site like this is especially helpful if you’re with your digital camera at someone else’s computer and need to send out a quick photo e-mail. On your PC you have the image editing tools you like but not when using another computer.
Other ways of sending photos:
When I send photos to people I usually don’t send as a file attachment but rather just a link. This is due to the fact that many e-mail providers have over-zealous spam filters that flag any e-mail with an image in it.
Photo services that require a sign-up:
Each of these will allow you to send plain text URL links to any photo you have uploaded to your account.
And yes I know I linked the infamous MySpace, however they do make photo-sharing relatively simple.
Photo services that require no sign-up:
Can’t be bothered to sign up for yet another account? No problem. Just use one of the freebie no-reg-required sites above. I’ve been using ImageShack for a while now and it works great.
To note: These freebie no-reg sites are really handy to know when you need a quick-fix style way of sending images to someone else fast – not only for e-mail but for instant messaging conversations as well.