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posted 08-27-2002 12:21 AM              Reply w/Quote

I am trying to get my ID portfolio layout files small enough so that I can email multiple small jpeg files. At the size they are now, I can only email like one at a time. what are some photoshop areas/tools that I can explore in making them smaller? I feel like a jackass for not being able to figure this out on my please help.

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posted 08-27-2002 04:55 AM              Reply w/Quote
Look into Adobe Acrobat.
1: Size of images is smaller
2: Multi page layout
3: Mac/ PC
4: Alot of ppl has acrobat reader, its free.

Hope that helps.

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posted 08-27-2002 07:19 AM              Reply w/Quote
Hey Ted,
Try this:

1. Under the "image" pull down menu, go to IMAGE. Then lower the resolution to 72 (without reducing the physical size).
2. Go under the file menu go to "Save for web."
3. Hit return and rename it.
4. Unless you are working with a copy file do not save these settings. This way you have a high res and low res version of your file.

Acrobat is neat and the quality is good, but I'm pretty sure that you files will be larger than a jpg as well.

Hope this helps,

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posted 08-27-2002 09:14 AM              Reply w/Quote
I think I know what you are trying to get at - you need to keep images large in case you want to print out your portfolio, but you need small images for emailing your pages.

Here's what I suggest:

Keep your portfolio organize in a series of illustrator or quark express files. I keep my organized in illustrator. This allows me to constatly manipulate or replace images, update text and graphics anytime I want to - and believe me, you'll be updating your portfolio ALOT.

For emailing purposes, export your work as jpeg images. There is an export function within illustrator that allows you to do that , just make sure that you check antialiasing on when you export and select desired resolution and quality of jpeg.
Since illutrator doesnt let you preview an exporting result,I would suggest that you intially export at high quality and at 150 dpi and do further size/quality manipulation in photoshop. In this manner, you can export your whole portfolio to jpeg images and then keep it separate from your main (and considerably larger) porfolio. You can email whole pages with you smaller portfolio or you can cut out images in photoshop and email them.

my twu sent$

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posted 08-27-2002 10:00 AM              Reply w/Quote
Also: when you save the jpg in Photoshop you get a choice from 1-12 of compression/quality settings (or 1-10 in earlier versions). Setting it at about 2/3 quality will be almost an un-noticable difference, and sometimes cuts your file size in half!

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posted 08-29-2002 09:56 AM              Reply w/Quote
thanks everyone for replying.
steve your advice was most layout was made up of 256 colors/shades...which i found you can delete many of the unnecessary ones to reduce the size as well. i saved it as a gif...and i emailed it to myself and it worked like a charm...the file size is now 1/40 the size it was. will a gif open for everyone i send it to through email?

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posted 08-29-2002 10:34 AM              Reply w/Quote
solution = ZIP it (compression)

thats it.

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posted 08-29-2002 03:00 PM              Reply w/Quote
DNA, how do i ZIP it??

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posted 09-08-2002 02:22 AM              Reply w/Quote
don't zip a jpeg...thats useless...

open the jpeg in Photoshop, the click file> save for web

the set as jpeg, adjust teh quality to %60, and then adjust the image size....typically, you can get a 800x400 px jpeg at under 60kb..perfect for email.

if you want to send a bunch of pictures in one email, create a zip file and put the jpegs in that, or send off pdf's!

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posted 09-08-2002 07:59 AM              Reply w/Quote
agree. zip isn't getting you much since the jpeg format is already compressed.

gif is a standard format so it should work as well or better than jpeg.

i've sent jpeg images in e-mails using the process described above. usually i just add the images to the e-mail, but you could "zip" them all into a .zip file (which creates a folder as well) and attach it - but the recipient will have to d/l the file and unzip and then view in a separate app.

unsure if Mac's support the .zip format but for PC's, find "Winzip" on the web to do this. and now that i think about it, if Mac's don't support it, then it's probably not a good idea to .zip it.

good luck.

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