Emailing Digital Photos
What you Need To Know
Here you will find out all you need to know about emailing digital photos!
Email Pictures While Composing an Email
Depending on which email program you use, emailing digital photos can vary, but not that much.
Most of them are set up to send a photo as an attachment to your email. This means that when the person you are sending the email to opens up your email, he must click on a specific link and the digital photo will open.
For example, if you have a Gmail account, emailing pictures is very simple.
Once you hit the compose button, you will see Attachments up at the top. Click on this. You will then a see a browse button to the right.
Hit the browse button, go to My Documents, My Pictures and select your folder by single or double clicking on it. The pictures you have in that particular folder will appear. Then select the picture you wish to email by just clicking it.
Hit the send button in Gmail.
Gmail has a maximum file size of 17 to 20MB for an attachment.
My email provider works in a similar way. I use a company called Fastmail. When I am composing an email, the area where I add a photo is at the bottom, with multiple places for additional photos.
When your mail recipient opens up his or her email, it will show there is one or more attachments. By clicking on the attachment, the pictures will open up for viewing.
How To Email Photos Directly (from the picture)
Go to the picture that you wish to email. Typically, this is stored in a folder in My Pictures.
There are two ways to select the photo or photos for emailing:
Use Right Click
- Click on the picture. If you want to send more than one, hold the Ctrl key down and click (select) the pictures you want to send. You will see that the picture(s) you chose are highlighted.
- Now select any photo and right click. Select "Send To", then select "Mail Recipient". A window will appear where you can decide if you want to make your pictures smaller and you must choose.
- Once you have chosen, click OK, and your email program will open with a Compose screen for a new email. Your pictures are now attached to this email.
- Enter the recipient's email address and click Send. You can also add text to the email, just as any other emails that you send.
Use Left Column On Screen
- Select the picture or pictures as above. Instead of right clicking, go to left column of the screen to File and Folder Tasks.
- Click "Email this file" or "Email the selected items". The same window as above will appear asking you about picture sizing. Follow as above.
Saving Received Email Pictures
What do you do when you get an email with pictures and you want to not only view it, but also save it on your computer?
Open the photo. Right click and choose Save Image As. A window will come up. At the top you will see Save In. you must choose where you want to save it to. A logical place would be My Pictures. At the bottom of this screen will be a file name. You can leave it as is or change it if you like. Click ok and it will now be saved.
*Note: If you ever get a window that pops open saying that Windows does not know what program to open the picture with, choose "Select Program From The List". Choose Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.
Emailing Digital Photos Using Zip Files
When you "zip" a picture, it is done through a special program. You can zip one picture, or you can zip many at a time and these are automatically placed in a folder. This process reduces the photo sizes, which speeds up the process when emailing digital photos.
Picture Sizes and Email
Picture sizes should be reduced to the appropriate size for emailing. This is for a few reasons and can be done in different ways. In many programs, as you are emailing the picture, it will ask if you want to reduce the size. Say yes.
If you would like to learn more about this, please visit my page Resize Digital Photos
When emailing digital photos, the only time I would send a photo at its original size, is if you know the recipient will be printing it out. Then you need the larger size to keep detailed picture information and assure maximum picture quality. The drawback to this is that it will not be sent as quickly as when it is smaller.
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