Preparing Photos For Publishing

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If your advert fails to display in the advert form or upload errors are reported, then the image files are probably too large. The size of photos needed for publishing on the web are far smaller than the size used for printing photographs.

Your photographs need resizing and can easily be done.

There are several ways that you can initially reduce the size file of any photos :
Retake the photos setting your digital camera to a smaller image size (640 x 480) which will reduce the file and size of the photo.
If scanning photos choose a low dpi setting.

RESIZE PHOTOS USING WINDOWS XP. There is a very quick and easy way to reduce the size of any photo on your computer using Windows XP.
Click on the photo you wish to use in "My Pictures" or whatever folder your photo is in. In the left hand column choose "E-mail this file" from under "File and Folder Tasks" . In the dialogue box that opens choose "Make all my pictures smaller" - this will automatically reduce the photo to the desired size of 640 x 480 and reduce the file size. The photo should now be an attachment to an e-mail. Click on the photo attachment and save to disk. This is an ideal size to send as a photo for your advertisement.

A photo that you would send as an e-mail attachment and reduced to 640 x 480 should be ideal as a photo to be used in the advert.

There are commercial programmes available in order to manipulate digital photos such as Adobe Photo Shop or Paint Shop Pro.


Free Photo Programmes


There are several Free Photo Programmes available that will reduce the image and file size of digital photos.

We recommend IceCream Image Downloader for Windows 8 7 and XP. It is free, fast, very easy to use and has no extra programs attached to its installation. Info and Download Here

Another program and its free and easy to use is: Picsizer Click for Details and can be downloaded from here This programme can easily reduce the file size of any digital photo and for simple details how to use the programme click here


If you are using Windows XP there is a free photo power tool available from Microsoft. go to and install "Image Resizer" (only 548kb)
When installed - right click on any photo and choose "Resize Pictures" . Select the size 640 x 480 and a smaller photo will be saved in the same folder as the larger photo.


Photo Plus 6 by Serif can be downloaded for free from This is a complete photo editing programme (19.4MB) but free!!!
To select a photo in the programme - File / New - from the wizard select "Open saved work" and browse for your photo. Once selected go to Image / Image Size - the size of the image can be reduced. By selecting File / Export Optimiser the size of the file can be reduced using the slider. This programme is also can also perform many other functions including cropping photos.