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Enjoy Retirement e-Zine, Volume 1 Issue 4 -- Picnik.com for Graphic Adjustments
April 01, 2010

Volume 1 - Issue 4 04-01-10


Table of Contents:

  1. Editor's Comments
  2. Readers' Questions & Answers or Suggestions
  3. Photo and Graphics Adjustment using Picnik.com
  4. Stock Photo Sites
  5. Try It Out


1. Editor's Comments:

Welcome to the latest issue of Enjoy Retirement e-Zine. Our mission is to provide a fun, enjoyable experience to help you achieve your ideal retirement. This e-Zine is set to be a complement to our website Enjoy-Retirement-Jobs.com.

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Periodically, we will present a number new, thought provoking items for you to consider. We want to address, not only the income producing jobs one may want to obtain during retirement, but also the fun, satisfying non-paying jobs. Other aspects of retirement such as health, security, money, education and satisfaction of retirement life will be addressed.


2. Readers' Questions & Answers or Suggestions

We encourage all of our readers to ask questions about any of the topics presented or provide suggestions on areas they would like to have covered. Please use our Contact Us page.


3. Photo and Graphics Adjustment using Picnik.com

Recently, I received a question regarding the photos and graphics on my web site. I wanted to provide an explanation of one how to prepare photos and graphics for publishing on the net.

As you are probably aware, most digital photographs and graphics are fairly high quality stored in a large file size on your camera. When you want to email them, most email services can only allow a certain size photo to be attached to the email. The smaller file size, the better.

Similarly for web sites, smaller file sizes are preferred since they take less time to upload to the screen for viewing. A larger size file will cause the page to take longer to load, which can be an annoying feature to your visitors, especially if you have many photos or graphics to display on your web page.

Many applications and web services are available to assist you to manage your graphics for web pages. One such service that I use for my web site is www.picnik.com. It has a section that is available for FREE and another for Premium members. Let me describe both.



3A. Picnik.com Free Service

To utilize the free service, just go to www.picnik.com and register. When you sign in, you will be able to upload up to 5 pictures at a time. The site is organized by tabs, named Home, Library, Edit, Create, Save & Share.

Home page contains your settings, password change, etc. Library page allow you to get your photo from your computer, history on picnik, a website, Yahoo! Search, WebCam Photo, Picasa Web Albums, Yahoo! Mail, Facebook, Flickr, MySpace, Photobucket, Webs, and Webshot. So you have access to a large number of photos and graphics. In the edit tab, you can do a number of things including, auto-fix, rotate, crop, RESIZE, exposure colors, sharpen, and red-eye. I will talk about the resize feature in a moment.

Under the Create tab, you can insert backgrounds, effects, text, stickers, touch-up, frames, advanced, seasonal, make a collage, slideshow, widgets, print on photo paper, mugs, calendars, cards, books, wrapping paper, and others. When you have adjusted the photo or graphic to the extent you want then go to the Save & Share tab. There you can save to your computer, email photo, Flickr, slideshow, print the photo, email to web site, Picasa Web Albums, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, MySpace, Photobucket, Webs, and Webshots.



3B. Picnik.com Premium Service

You can see that there is quite a bit of flexibility available even for the Free section. To join the Premium section, the cost is $24.95 per year which equals $2.08 per month. You would be able to upload 100 pictures or graphics at a time and gain access to limitless photo history, professional grade photo editing tools, fullscreen editing and more.


3C. How to use Picnik.com?

  1. Sign in.

  2. Go to the Library tab and chose the source of your photo. If you already have it on your computer, just go to Upload and select your file photo.

    PicnikLib1.jpg


  3. Once it is uploaded, select the Edit tab. This is where the fun starts. You can crop, rotate or adjust in any way. Then you can go to the Resize button.

  4. The resize feature is the most important element in this section, as far as I am concerned. It shows you the dimensions of your current photo, ie, 150 x 222 (width and height). By inputting the new size in the text field, you can change the photo size. You have the option keep photo percentages or keep proportions or change width and length separately.

    PicnikResize2.jpg


  5. Consider how large of a photo that you want to appear on you web page. Bigger is not always better. Sometimes, a large photo sends just the right message. Other times, you want a small photo to blend into your written content.

  6. Once you resize your photo, click OK and go to Save & Share tab. There you see your photo again with the fields and sliders available for you to readjust your photo once again.

  7. You can change the format from one type to another. The JPG format is best for most photos. Other options include PNG - best for archiving, GIF - good for small photos, BDP, PDF, and TIFF. Most websites prefer to use JPG.

  8. Next select the slider for JPG Compression Quality. By moving the scale between 1 and 10, you get a result identifying the quality of your selection. Usually, a reading between 6 and 9 are the best for website use.

  9. Check the File Size shown just below the slider for each number on the scale. Usually most website perform better when its images are 20 KB or less. So you can change the file size to meet your needs.

    PicnikSave4.jpg


  10. Click Save Photo button on this page and you can select the location where you can to locate this photo.

As an example of what the resizing can do for you, I have used one of my own photos. It is a picture of a scene in Greece. I used on Your Coolest Jobs page. I want to show you how the photo changes at different settings.

Photo 1: microphone 100x149 JPG Compression Quality = 7 File Size = 12.8 KB good quality, medium file size

Bells_at_Greece_2008-100x75.jpg

Photo 2: microphone 150x222 JPG Compression Quality = 7 File Size = 14.7 KB good quality, medium file size

Bells_at_Greece_2008-150x112.jpg

  • If Photo 2 was changed to Quality = 8, then File Size = 15.9 KB, a sweet spot of really good quality and file size.
  • If Photo 2 was changed to Quality = 9, then File Size = 18.0 KB, great quality, big file size.
  • If Photo 2 was changed to Quality = 10, then File Size = 21.6 KB, best quality, huge file size.

Photo 3: microphone 200x296 JPG Compression Quality = 7 File Size = 17.8 KB

Bells_at_Greece_2008-200x1149.jpg

Photo 4: microphone 300x445 JPG Compression Quality = 7 File Size = 25.2 KB

Bells_at_Greece_2008-300x223.jpg


5. Try It Out

Go to fotolia.com, one of the other sites or use your own photos. Upload them to picnic.com and try out the photo adjustments and resize capability. You can see the difference when you download to your computer or to your own site.

If you do not have a website or blog to upload your photos, try the Mini Sites page on Enjoy-Retirement-Jobs.com. You can put up your own material and photos for free. This makes us one of the totally free web hosts available. You can try out an idea for your site when you get it started. We would be glad to have you participate.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have on the process.



We hope you enjoyed this e-Zine and we look forward to providing more interesting and fun information on retirement topics.

"Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
-- Mark Twain



Hove a great month.

Don D'Armond

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