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PC Users - You can download an image from the internet to your hard drive, and view it on your computer using the Irfanview freeware image program or other viewer.

Be careful about saving JPEG/JPG images. Move your mouse pointer on top of the image that you want to save.

  1. Click with your right mouse button; a menu will appear.
  2. Select Save Picture As.
  3. Look at the folder in which the image will be saved. If you use Win XP it will be the My Pictures folder. For Win 95/98 it will probably be the My Documents folder.
  4. Click the Save button and the image will be copied to your computer.

When PC users download a JPEG file and then open an image program they won't always see the file they downloaded in the folder. It is the file extension .jpeg. Open Windows Explorer, select the file, and change the file extension to .jpg, and that should solve the problem.

Viewing Images On Your Computer - PC Users

IrfanView Screen ShotYou don't need special software to view images on your computer. If you are a Windows XP user you can use Windows Image and Fax Viewer or Microsoft Paint for Windows XP.

If you use Windows 95/98 you can use Microsoft Paint for Windows or the Kodak Imaging program. But if you don't have a good imaging program like Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop, you can download and install:

IrfanView - A freeware image "can" opener.  This program, created by Irfan Skiljan, is the Swiss Army knife for images. It can view approximately 80+ image file formats, some for image formats like PCX, DCM and ACR for medical images, Macintosh PICT and new formats like JPEG 2000.

IrfanView can also can convert one image type to another or convert a huge number of images. It can do resizing and limited image effects and, if you have a scanner, you can use it as a copy machine. For the price and quality it is an excellent value. http://www.irfanview.com

Saving JPEG/JPG
Each time you save a .jpg (JPEG-Macintosh and .jpg-PC) file with the exact same name in the JPEG/.jpg format, you remove a small bit of the image information. Pretty soon you have one poor looking image. Here is the trick to having a quality JPEG/.jpg picture:

  1. Save one copy of the image as the master copy in case you make a mistake.
  2. Make a working copy and make editing changes to the image.
  3. When you are ready, save a final copy that you will not change to be used on a web site.

Reducing File Size
When using images on the internet, it is important to keep the file size below 15 k so that they will load more quickly on the user's computer. Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > Paint.  Click File then click Open. Browse to the folder containing the file you wish to reduce in size and double click the file to open it. Click Image, then Stretch/Skew to open the resize dialog. Enter the same amount in both the Horizontal and Vertical boxes in the Stretch section of the window. For example, 50% in each box would reduce the image to half of its original size on the screen. If the resultant size is too large or too small, do not immediately try to resize it again. Click Edit, then Undo and it will return to it's original size, then repeat the resize process again by clicking Image, then Stretch/Skew. When the image is at the desired size, click file, then Save As. This will open the Save As dialog box. Enter a name for your file in the File Name box. In the box labeled Save as Type, choose .JPG or .JPEG. This will result in the smallest file size. Your file is now ready to upload.

For detailed instructions on how to use PhotoShop for this, please click here.

 

 
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