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Image Protection: Resize Your Images!

I want you to notice the size of the above picture. Looks too small for anyone to steal and make bigger without it being blurry, doesn't it? Now I would like for you to click on it and check out the size. I'll wait until you come back......

Did you notice how big it was? It was uploaded straight from my computer via Blogger's photo uploading tool on my blog. Obviously it wasn't resized. Someone could easily right click on it, steal it, and use it for pretty much any purpose they wanted to. Don't believe me? Check out this post over at Extraordinary Mommy. Downright scary!

Every picture that I take with my camera is uploaded to my computer as a HUGE file, hence the need for resizing. Your photos may not need to be resized at all. You can check out the size of your photos in the same manner as you checked out mine above. Go to a recent post and click on it. I hope it's smaller than mine! :)

Resizing your photos can easily be done with your favorite photo editing software. You can also upload your photos to Photobucket on the large setting (640x480), copy the HTML code and add it to your post. There are tons of ways that you can resize your photos.

When I want to use Blogger's easy photo uploading tool, I resize the photos for my posts in Paint. Old school resizing at it's finest!

To resize your photos in Paint:

1. Make a copy of your photos before resizing, if desired. I make copies of ALL photos before I resize them. This serves as a backup, just in case I need to start over if I accidentally make the photo too small.

2. Open Paint. Windows users should already have this installed on their computers. To find it, click on the Start button (Windows icon) in the bottom left corner of your screen and select 'All Programs'. Then click on Accessories, then Paint:
3. Click on 'File', then 'Open'. Browse for the photo that you'd like to resize and open it.

4. Click on 'Image', then 'Resize/Skew':

5. Enter in the percentages that you'd like to reduce the size of your image by. You want these two numbers to be the same. They will depend upon how big your photo was to begin with. The photos that I load to my computer from my camera are huge, so 15% usually works for me. You want your photo to look slightly larger on your screen than you want it to appear on your real blog. If you accidentally get your photo too small, quickly click on 'Edit' and 'Undo'. BE CAREFUL as some versions of Paint will only let you undo the last action.

6. Once you get the photo the size that you want it, click on file-->save or save as. Remember where you saved it to!

That's all. Now you can upload it via Blogger's uploading tool and not worry that it will end up in a store window without your permission, like the photo of Danielle's family did.

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Karen said...

I seriously just had a heart attack when I saw what happened to Danielle. Do you know how to do this in flickr or by changing the html in the photo? Will it make the image on my blog smaller? I'm at journalista-karen.blogspot.com. As you can see, some of my photos are quite large. Since I use a high-quality camera, some of the photos are really theft-worthy. Help!

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