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lisag

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Hi guys,

My son draws pictures in the paint program all the time and wants to put one in an e-mail to his Aunt and I don't know how you do that? I use Outlook Express and the paint program is Ability Draw. Help!
 
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Create a new e-mail message.

Then click on Attach File (the "paperclip" button in your toolbar).
And file selection dialog box will pop up, just choose the file you want to send
 
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Hi, Lisa

This is just in case your relatives have problems opening the graphics files you send them. If they have opened the file and viewed it, you can disregard this.



Make sure before you attach the file that it's in a format the recipient can read. Some graphics programs save in proprietary formats that require special viewers to read.

The best way to send a graphics file is probably as a JPG. The option for selecting this is usually under File/Save As, or File/Export in most Windows graphics programs (I'm not familiar with Ability Draw).

JPG (or JPEG) is usually best because almost any graphics program can read that format, AND because the file will be small. BMP files are also readable by any Windows machine, but the files will probably be VERY large.
 

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Thanks guys,

I just always assumed that she would be able to see it!! I will have to check and see what it is, if I ever find it again. Maybe thats why she couldn't listen to a song that I sent her? Does she have to have the same programs I do before she can see and hear things I send her?

Lisa
 
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You can also click the body of the email and choose format>background>picture>browse to the picture. This will set the pic as the background or stationary of the email. If the pic is too small, it will recreate copies of it and paste them over the whole page. Sometimes its a neat effect.
 
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in paint when you save it... its a BMP extention
you need to change it to jpg before sending. A real easy way to do the mailing of the jpg is as you file it or go to the file ... right click on it & "send to" e-mail recipient. it will open a blank e-mail & attach the jpg. Then all you have to do is address it before mailing
 

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Thanks,

I like both of those ways. I'm going to go try it!
 
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Hi again, Lisa

Just noticed you're a fellow Kentuckian. Small world, eh? (I'm on the other side of the state from you)

I wanted to clarify a little on the file thing.

Someone you send a file to doesn't necessarily have to have the same programs you do, but they do have to have a program which will recognize the kind of file you send.

So, for example, if you're sending a music file like "coolsong.mp3", the recipient would have to have SOME program that will play MP3 music files (like WinAmp (most popular), MusicMatch (my favorite), or a ton of others).

The reason I mentioned it in response to your first post was that many drawing programs don't save files in standard formats (like jpg, bmp, gif) unless you specifically tell them to, and because of the size issue. A file that's only 40k in JPG format might easily be a megabyte or more in BMP format.

Hope that makes sense, and good luck!
 

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What??? I'm sure what you just said made perfect sense, I just don't understand!! Its all so overwhelming--gif jpg png txt bmp jpeg! I'm just going to try to attach it or make it go into the body and if I can't do that I'm just gonna forget it!!

I have never met another person from KY on the internet!! Yeah, finally.
 
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Lisa,

BMP, GIF and JPEG/JPG can be viewed on almost any windows computer. Internet explorer can display the three formats.

BMP is an uncompressed format. This means that the file you generate is huge, which makes for very long wait times if you send the file by e-mail.

GIF is an older, compressed format. It is limited in the number of colours, so not your best choice if you want to send photographs.

JPEG is the same as JPG. This is a format especially designed to store photographs. Photos saved in JPEG format differ slightly from the original, but their size is the smallest of the three formats (BMP, GIF, JPEG). JPEG also features a quality property : you can choose to send a large file which is almost identical to the original picture, send a small file with lower quality, or something in the middle.

There are lots of other graphics formats, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. (PNG, TIFF, WMF, PCX, PSD, ...). The three mentioned earlier should do fine for home use.

For more on the subject, have a look at http://dreamartists.com/gfxfmts.htm
 
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