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Christopher Wright wrote:

Don't do it that way--copy and paste wont do it reliably. You need to save the shot off as a compressed jpeg to put in your report. The very best way to do it is with Photoshop: do whatever adjustments and retouching you need in then reduce the size with Image Size, then 'Save for Web' you can twiddle the quality and the pixel count to trade off file size against image size and quality. Unless it's a very unusual picture, you can get an acceptable quality image in less than 100K. Be sure to save the original so you can make trial exhibits in a large enough size and still maintain good visual quality. In your report you'll be working at printer resolution, so there's no ee in going to super high resolution.

For other programs the process is still 1.) Do any enhancement like burning and dodging in the highest resolution at the largest image size 2.) reduce the image size to what's practical for a report 3.) adjust compression and image quality to the point where all the necessary content shows what you intend your audience to see,

Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)   | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)

I tried using Photoshop years ago and have an old copy, but to be honest, I found it rather intimidating and never really learned to use it. However, you mentioned Burning and Dodging - something I was very familiar with with film and darkroom techniques. Is there any other software out that that offers these basic tools without jumping into Photoshop again OR has Adobe tamed the beast so that it can be less intimidating to photo enthusiasts rather than mostly professionals?



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