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Chapter 9. Output Options > Emailing digital images

Emailing digital images

Email has made sending digital images through the Web a convenient method of sharing pictures. While simply attaching an image to an email and sending it couldn't be easier, you should always prepare your digital images properly before sending to make sure your intended viewer can enjoy them without difficulty. By optimizing the dimensions and file size of your image while following some email etiquette, you can make the process as effortless and enjoyable as possible.

Step 1: Resize your image

The first step when prepping an image for email is to resize it. Many other variables, such as file size, fall into place once you reduce the size of the image. As shown in Figure A, most images sent via email appear after the body of the email, or open in a separate window when clicked on. By keeping the image dimensions smaller than the screen size, you can avoid forcing the viewer to scroll. Instead, your image will be shown in its entirety, and your recipient can see the whole image instantly. Reducing the dimensions of the image also has the added benefit of reducing file size, which allows the image to load more quickly.


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