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Nature Tales issue #34 -- Resizing Digital Pictures
January 30, 2009

Tips and Tricks For Taking The Best Nature and Flower Pictures You Have Ever Taken


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January 30, 2009 Issue #34

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Table of Contents:
  • Photo Tip - Resizing Digital Photographs

  • Tele-Seminar Scheduled Speakers

  • Nature and Flower Pictures - Featured Articles

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Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the information society precisely because there is so much data...John Naisbitt

Resizing Your Digital Pictures

Have you ever wanted to post a picture up on someone's web site and the only ones you have are too big? Many times on web sites that accept photos you are told that images can only be a certain size. I have been asked the question more than a time or two, "How do you resize pictures?"

Resizing pictures is easy once you know a couple of the basics. There are a few things that you must keep in mind when changing the size of your pictures.

  1. Make sure your software keeps the picture in it's original proportion. In other words you want to take off equal amounts from both width and height
  2. Optimal Viewing - This is to make sure your image pixels all stay in proportion so the smaller image looks like the larger one
  3. Renaming the file so that you don't lose your original

PC User's Resize Tool

There are a couple of tools that make image resizing easy. For PC users I recommend This is a software download that is very easy to use and no cost.

Once you install Easy Thumbnail open the program. In the window that pops up you will choose the file, or your image you want to resize. Now click on the "Settings" tab to the right. You will see Settings for Max width and Max height with a little box that tells you what the picture size will be when you click create thumbnail. You want to choose the largest side of your picture to determine the size. If it is a landscape (wider side largest) then put the number in the Max width box. If you are creating thumbnails, you don't want more than 260 in this box.

To take care of that issue of maintaining your image pixels click on the Resize drop down menu and choose "shrink to fit" for optimal viewing. In the Algorithm drop down menu choose "smart". These options will mean that your picture looks as good small as it did in the larger size.

With Easy Thumbnail you now only need to click Create Thumbnail. Your image will be saved in the same folder as the original with tn_ added to the file name.

For Mac Users

The newer Mac has a preview mode for looking at images on your computer. If your photos are in iPhoto you will have to use the Export function first. I like exporting the image to a file on my computer. A copy will be saved in the "Pictures Folder" of your computer.

Double click on this image and it opens in Preview. Now Click on the Tools tab. Next select the option "Adjust Size" A small window pops up with all of information about your image. You want to make sure there is a check mark in the two options at the bottom - "scale proportionally" and "resample image" These options again will ensure your picture looks the same small as it does large.

Now at the top there is a drop down menu that says "Fit into". This is the fun part. In the drop down menu you can choose one of many sizes starting with 320x240 to as large as 1280x720. Each size will tell you what your new file size will be. Choose the one that works for you. I like to use 800x600 for images on Nature and Flower Pictures. Click ok. The image will appear smaller than its current size. Click on File and Save As. Give your image a name you will remember. I like to keep the numbers so that I can find them later. You can also change the "quality" here to make the file smaller in size.

World Changing Wisdom Speaker Schedule

Science, Spirituality & The Sacred: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Miracles

This awesome event brought to you by Linda Pannell founder of World Changing Wisdom continues with it's impressive line-up of speakers. I am honored to be co-hosting with Linda during this event. Here's a list of speakers coming up over the next couple of weeks. If you haven't registered for this event yet be sure and get in today. That way if there are changes before I send an email you will be notified by Linda herself. Register at World Changing Wisdom

Marie Diamond — Wednesday, February 4, 2008 6 PM EST

Marie Diamond is an author, lecturer, teacher, and a leader in the transformational movement. A native of Belgium, Marie trained there as a lawyer and criminologist. Featured in the phenomenon The Secret, Marie explains that we are all creators of our own individual universe.

Wynn Free, Thursday, February 5, 2009 4 PM EST

Author of The Reincarnation of Edgar Cayce written with co-author David Wilcock.

Melissa Van Cleave — Monday, February 9, 2009 8 PM EST

Melissa Van Cleave is a sensual artist and writer of the divine sacred feminine. Her website is

Melissa paints erotic art that has a profound healing effect on all who have the honor of being in its presence. According to Melissa, “Healing happens for everyone coming into contact with a painting that holds sacredness…These women show us the way to be whole, juicy, without duality or woundedness.”

Morrie & Arleah Shechtman — Tuesday, February 10, 2009 6 PM EST

Morrie has authored two books – Working Without A Net: How To Survive And Thrive In Today’s High Risk Business World and Fifth Wave Leadership: The Internal Frontier that examine the close connection between personal growth, bottom line profitability and stakeholder value. He has also co-authored a third book along with his wife and business partner Arleah: Love In The Present Tense: How To Have a High Intimacy, Low Maintenance Marriage

Judith Sherven, PhD and Jim Sniechowski, PhD. — Wednesday, February 11, 2009 6 PM EST

Judith Sherven, PhD and Jim Sniechowski, PhD, husband and wife psychology team and best selling authors of 5 books are the leading voice for Soft Sell Marketing. They produce the “Bridging Heart and Marketing” conferences, provide their Soft Topic Copywriting Secrets course, and created the Soft Sell Marketers Association (SSMA) to provide ongoing training, support, and connections for the soft sell, service-provider, care-giving community.

William Stillman — Thursday, February 12, 2009 6 PM EST

William Stillman is the author of the groundbreaking book Autism and the God Connection, the first study of the profound spiritual, mystical, and metaphysical gifts of some individuals with autism. His other books include The Autism Answer Book; The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Asperger’s Syndrome; and Demystifying the Autistic Experience.

As you can see there is something for just about everything coming up in each one of these calls. You can access them by phone (you may have long distance charges when calling in) or webcast at no charge. Each call will be available for listening online for 48 hours after the call in case they don't meet with your schedule.

But you have to register to get in on them! Again you can register at World Changing Wisdom. And don't forget, when you register you will get access to an amazing list of bonuses offered by the presenters, and myself. Hope to hear your name in the listening audience. Be sure and say Hi.

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