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Chapter 10. Preparing Images for the Web > Sending Images by E-mail

Sending Images by E-mail

With the new Attach to E-Mail feature, Photoshop Elements streamlines the process of sending digital photos to family and friends. If your photo is too large or is in the wrong file format, Photoshop Elements can automatically resize your image and save it as a JPEG file, if you prefer. But it’s all up to you—you can send photos and images in any file size or format, so long as you have the bandwidth for it.

To attach a photo to e-mail:

1.
Open the photo or image you want to send.

2.
From the File menu, choose Attach to E-mail (Figure 10.39).

Figure 10.39. From the File menu, choose Attach to E-mail.


If Photoshop Elements determines that your photo is ready to send, it automatically launches your default e-mail program (if it’s not already open) and attaches a copy of your photo to your e-mail (Figure 10.40).

Figure 10.40. If Photoshop Elements determines that your image is an acceptable size and format, your default e-mail program launches, then attaches a copy of your photo to an outgoing e-mail message.


If a warning dialog box appears on the screen, skip to step 4.

3.
Type a recipient’s e-mail address in your e-mail program’s To field; then click the Send or Send Now button on your e-mail program’s toolbar.

Every e-mail program is slightly different, so check your e-mail program’s Help menu or user instructions if you’re not sure how to send your e-mail.

4.
If Photoshop Elements considers your photo to be too large, a dialog box appears, asking you if you want to auto convert a copy of your image to a smaller size or to send it as is (Figure 10.41).

Figure 10.41. If your photo’s file size is too large, Photoshop Elements offers to resize it for you.


If you want to reduce its size, click Auto Convert. If you don’t want to reduce its size, click Send as Is.

or

If you’ve made changes to your photo and haven’t saved them, a dialog box informs you that you must save your image if you want to attach it to e-mail (Figure 10.42). Click Save As and Continue.

Figure 10.42. You’ll need to save any changes to your image before you can send it.


or

If your image isn’t in JPEG format, a dialog box appears asking you if you want to convert your image to JPEG (Figure 10.43). If you want to convert it to JPEG, click Auto Convert. If you don’t want to convert your image, click Send as Is.

Figure 10.43. Photoshop Elements offers to convert your image to JPEG format. If you want to reduce your image’s file size, this is a good idea.


Depending on the dialog boxes that appear, Photoshop Elements resizes, reformats, or saves your image, then attaches it to an e-mail message, ready for you to send.


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