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« on: December 28, 2010, 11:45:44 AM »

First, whatever picture you want to use, it must be 200x200 pixels in size or smaller.
    Larger pictures will display only a box with an "X" in it.

To reduce the size:
   On a Mac:
      Using “GraphicConverter” (a software sent free with some systems)
       1.   From the Menu Bar select  Picture
       2.   Select Size
       3.   Select Scale
       4.   Verify that both “keep proportions” and “scale picture” boxes are checked
       5.   In the Dimensions section of the Scale window
          a.     Change the measure marker from Percent to Pixel
          b.     Set the largest value in the Dimension’s width/height box to 200
       6.   Click OK
       7.   Save (or “Save as”) the document.


   On a PC:
             Every Windows computer includes “Paint” as one of its standard programs. Use paint to resize the image to 200 pixels or less per side.
       1.   In the Home tab, click the Resize button within the image bracket.
       2.   Select Pixels to resize it by pixel amount.
       3.   Make certain “Maintain aspect ratio” is clicked.
       4.   Set the larger of the horizontal/vertical amounts down to 200
       5.   Save the file (under a new name if you wish to keep the original)


To load it as an avatar:
       1.   Go to your profile page.
       2.   Select “Forum Profile Information”
       3.   Select the “I will upload my own picture:” radio button
       4.   Press the “Browse” button
       5.   Locate the folder on your computer that contains the desired file
       6.   Click on the desired file
       7.   Click the “open” button
       8.   Confirm that the file’s “path” is displayed in the box next to “browse”
       9.   Click the “Change profile” button
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2010, 11:54:54 AM »

Thanks for the tips! I just got a new computer that has a web cam built in, and that will even take pictures of different pixel sizes, and I can now choose that. But it's good to know in case I have a pic from my digital camera and want to resize that! YAY for hardt, our in-house techie!
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2010, 11:55:57 AM »

Ditto that YAY,  Beth!  We are a lucky, lucky bunch!

Thanks, Hardt!!
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2010, 12:11:37 PM »

Thank you, Hardt! I'm glad you found/figured out Mac instructions, too--I really need to update my GraphicConverter so it'll work again for me. It's a great little program.
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2011, 10:26:48 AM »

Thanks for the info. Testing now!
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2011, 07:24:31 PM »

Thanks hardt! After looking at your instructions I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. I especially appreciate you for including Mac instructions.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2011, 08:13:44 PM »

Thanks hardt! After looking at your instructions I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. I especially appreciate you for including Mac instructions.  Smiley

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...and by the way...nice smile.
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2012, 12:12:26 PM »

Quick question - anyone know how to do this with an older version of paint? The version I have at work doesn't have the "maintain aspect ratio", and I wanted to change my profile pic. Sure, I can wait till I get home tonight, but doesn't everyone wanna see the pumpkin I carved?!

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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2012, 12:21:46 PM »

You're good at math... seriously, you can figure out how to keep the aspect ratio reasonably consistent without having that box to check. If the program you're using lets you do it by the numbers, just reduce the width and height by the same percentage.

If the program you're using lets you reduce it with the mouse, just try to eyeball it carefully--start from a corner, and drag diagonally to reduce it proportionately.
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2012, 12:30:44 PM »

I tried doing the percentage thing myself, but it only captured the corner of the picture.

I'll give it another go, and try your other suggestion, to see if it works!
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« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2013, 12:56:53 PM »

Thanks! I found somewhere that it had to be less than 20kb. Mine was but it wouldn't load. When I first saw this post, I didn't read the red writing, because it sort of blended into the background. When I finally saw 200 x 200 or less, that was the key. So, I fixed it. Again, thanks!
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