There are numerous commercial and free software programs that will reduce, enhance and/or combine pictures into a single, panorama or multiple picture format. One that will be used here only for demonstration purpose is a free download from www.IrfanView.com The Moderators of this forum are ready and willing to convert your pictures for use in RV.Net. Contact them via private message.
Part I Resizing a picture for a signature:
IrfanView is used for this example and the graphic shown is reduced for display purposes.
1. Open the picture and click on "View"
2. Click on Resize/Resample and as the Before example shows, it is 793x505 pixels. Changing the 505 height to 100 automatically changes the width to 157 as shown in the After example.
If the picture was taken as a high resolution, it may still be over the 30kb file size maximum. Resizing alone often brings a picture under the maximum but some require additional adjustment. The best check of this is to simply save your work and check the details as shown in your computer listing.
Saving it again will bring up this small window:
As you can see, you have a slider to increase or decrease the density. For most applications, in the middle at 50 will do the job. Click on Save and check your listing again.
========================================================================== Part II Panorama Signature Pictures:
Making a panorama signature picture is as easy as 1-2-3 and here's the proof. Figure 1 and 2 are 1/3rd reductions of the orignal to save space. Many graphic software including that which comes with digital camera and scanners offer the option of reduction by specific vertical or horizontal pixels. If yours does, great. If it does not, download the freebie from www.IrfanView.com and you won't regret it.
Figure 3 is the end result and here are the steps:
1. Bring up the full picture in your software viewer as shown in figure 1.
2. Draw a tight box around around just the subject as shown in figure 2 and select "Crop"
3. In the program or properties of the pictures, select 100 for the height and for most graphic programs, it will automatically adjust the horizontal.
That's it. Save your finished picture to your hard drive in a folder you can find it again when it comes time to upload it to rv.net Confirm that it is under 30kb by checking it in Details.
To upload to rv.net, go to My Forums, click on My Preferences and then click on Browse to find your picture, double click on it to upload and you are done.
========================================================================== Part III Signature Multiple Picture Panorama's (using IrfanView)
Like the previous, making multiple picture panorama's using IrfanView is as easy as 1-2-3 plus a 4th if you count clicking to create it.
Step 1: Click on Image and then "Create New (empty) image" which will bring up #2 below.
Step 2: Preset Image width to 500, Image height to 100 and choose a white background from the selections
Note: boxes are reduced 1/3rd to save space
Step 3: clicking on "Select Panorama Image" shown in Image 1 above which will bring this box. Click on Add images which will bring up a schematic of your computer folders. Find the pictures you wish to use and double click on them in the left to right sequence you want them shown.
Step 4: When done selecting, click on "Create image at the bottom. If the pictures you select will all fit reduced within the 500x100 space, it is ready to go. If not, you will have to go back to Image on the main screen tool bar, select Resize/Resample and choose between 500 pixel width or 100 pixel height - choose only one and the other will adjust automatically.
Final result of four very large pictures compressed and seamless without distortion into a panorama like this:
The next step of course is to save the finished work to a folder in your computer that you can find when you upload it to your signature in your Preferences.
========================================================================== Part IV Signature Multiple Picture Panorama using MS Paint
This program comes with all Windows operating systems and you will find it in Programs/Accessories. If it is not there, go to your Control Panel, click on Add/Remove Programs then Add/Remove Windows Components. Click on Accessories, then Details then Accessories and Details again and scroll down and check the box marked "Paint". Click on "Close" to both windows and "Next" on the main Windows Componets. You will then be prompted to restart your computer.
This is a very versatile program well worth learning how to use. This is not a tutorial on how to use it beyond the purpose here however, as those steps are individually covered in Help on the program toolbar. Experimenting cannot be overstressed.
Here is your basic tool bar with functions indicated that you will find on the left of the working page:
1. Always start by clicking on the top right rectangle.
2. Open the pictures you wish to combine and reduce them to the maximum height of 100 pixels using a graphic program. You can reduce the picture width and height in Paint but expect less than satisfactory results.
3. Copy that reduction and in MSN Paint, click on Edit and then Paste.
4. It will appear at the top left with dotted lines around it so you can drag it to another area of the screen for the next paste.
5. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 with the remaining pictures.
6. Click on the rectangle box and "draw" a box around a picture and drag it to one side in the middle of the screen.
7. Repeat with the remaining pictures, lining them up like this leaving a space between them:
1. You can draw a box or frame around your picture set by clicking on the rectangle indicated for "shapes, borders and solid fill. Put your cursor at one corner of your set and draw a box around it. If it is not quite right or you want a wider border, colored border, etc., click on Edit and Undo.
2. For a thicker border, click on the line above that rectangle and choose from the five sizes shown.
3. For a colored border, if the color selection chart is not showing at the bottom of your screen, clicking on "View" and "Color Box" will display it.
4. For a caption, first click on the bottom box indicated as "paste without background". Next, click on the "A" box for text and "draw" a text box on a clear area of the screen. That will put a Font Tool Bar at the top of your screen and you can select your font, size, bold, italics or underline. For colored text, click on "View" and "Color Box" as you did in step 3. When you are done, click on the top rectangle marked "copy, move or delete" and drag it to the picture as shown
Here is the finished product with a border and caption:
Now it is time to save your work. Do NOT attempt to save it from the MS Paint window as it will save the entire working area. It must now be copied and saved to a graphic program.
1. Click on the top right rectangle box
2. Draw a tight box around your picture set
3. Click on Edit and then Copy
4. Open your graphic program and save it there.
5. Confirm that the dimensions do not exceed 500 pixel width or 100 pixel height and resize as needed.
6. Save it and in Details, confirm the file size is under 30kb.
You can also take another photo, do the same thing, crop it to a total of the two pictures of 500 pixels.
Take your original, expand the canvas to the needed width.
Re-crop your picture out of the expanded canvas and slide it off to the side.
Then leaving that picture go to the other one, crop the entire picture and cut.
Now, go to the original, and paste as a tranparency to the side. You can slide it around until it fits. Save all of that as a new image of less than 30K.
Say NO to saving changes on the two originals.
Upload the new picture and it will look like mine. Of course, with a 30K limit, the wider the picture, the less resolution.
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