How many of you have had this happen to you – you receive an email from someone who in all their exuberance to share their images with you will send you raw files that are 3 megabytes in size each and dimensionally beyond the confines of your monitor?
I get that a lot. I politely resize the images and send them back in the hope that they haven’t already subjected other people (with, gasp, dial-up modems) to the same torture. I sure feel like I have saved the day; no cape required.
If you own a Macintosh (God bless you), there is a free program called ImageWell by XtraLean Software that you should consider downloading. ImageWell allows you to resize images, making it even possible for some of us geeks to upload them directly to a FTP server. Preset your choices, drop your large image into the top window and that’s all there is to it. If you have a .Mac account, your image can be uploaded to the PICTURES folder on that server. The other cool thing about ImageWell is that you can watermark your images with a copyright symbol, your name or whatever else you want. Purists beware, ImageWell also comes with features that allow you to add funky borders to your images.
I recommend this powerful little program. And I did say it is free so what are you waiting for? For PC users, there are a ton of choices (but not as elegant as ImageWell, I am afraid). Write to me and perhaps I’ll eek out a short list for those of you on the dark side.