Solved How do I change the file format of an image to upload?

November 29, 2018 at 12:08:32
Specs: Windows 10
I took two photos. One of a package I am sending through the US Mail and another of the receipt. I have to upload the images on PayPal's site. However, in my attempt to upload, this is the message I received: Accepted file types: PDF, JPG, PNG Please reduce your file size (max 5MB) and upload again. How do I solve this problem?
Thank you in advance!

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#1
November 29, 2018 at 12:23:58
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Most likely they are already jpg files because they are the most popular for pictures. If you are unsure set yourself to show file extensions (Control Panel > File Explorer Options > View tab, then uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types").

If the files are too large, which is most likely the real problem then use a free program such as this to reduce them:
http://www.freesizer.com/
Email size will probably do it - then you upload these smaller versions instead.

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#2
November 29, 2018 at 12:30:24
I went to Control Panel > File Explorer Options > View....what.where exactly am I supposed to look to confirm that my photos are in deed jpg files?

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#3
November 29, 2018 at 12:44:50
After you've made the setting, go back and look at the picture file name. Instead of just showing just the name it will now show a dot after it and a file extension (3 letters). It will probably be jpg, so instead of "Name" it would read "Name.jpg".

As I said though, I doubt that is the problem, more likely it is just too large a file.

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#4
November 29, 2018 at 12:58:53
Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. You are correct, the file is in jpg. As for the freesizer, I really don't want to download too many extras in to my new laptop if I don't have to. I was hoping that there was a simple fix to this in some other easy-fix way that I wasn't aware about.
Thanks for your assistance.

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#5
November 29, 2018 at 13:16:55
On your phone, camera, or whatever you used to take the photo. is there any facility to take a smaller one(sometimes they do this for email)?

Alternatively there are online resizers such as this:
http://compressimage.toolur.com/

By the way, there is a lot to be said for keeping those file extensions showing. It helps your understanding of file types and can even help you to spot some types of malware. I've no idea why MS choose to hide them from us.

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#6
November 29, 2018 at 15:03:54
If you are taking pictures from a phone, try emailing them to yourself. Many phone email programs have the option to resize the image to a smaller one when emailing. If yours does, then resize it to a smaller picture, then email it to yourself.

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#7
November 29, 2018 at 15:41:56
You have the resolution set too high on your camera. If you hover the mouse pointer over the jpeg file, it will tell you the dimensions & file size. I'm guessing both are way up there. If you haven't already resized your pics, try image resizer. It's a very small app & probably something you'll use in the future. All you have to do is install it, then whenever you need to resize a photo, just right click on the file, select Resize pictures, then choose the size you want from the menu.

https://www.bricelam.net/ImageResizer/


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#8
November 29, 2018 at 16:49:26
Thank you for everyones assistance. I was using a small digital camera and am not very savvy with all of it's functions since I never have a need to do anything out of the ordinary; until now!. I did have the images quite large: 5184x3888 and figured out (without reading the manual!) how to resize it to 2048x1536. Would like feedback as to whether or not this size is this size considered to be more and email friendly. I don't see any further reduction of sizes as options...hope this size is acceptable.

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#9
November 29, 2018 at 17:39:06
A size of 2048x1536 is fine for your current purpose.
Half that size would probably be fine, too.

You do want a larger size for your original camera photos,
since most of the time you will want more detail. But you
can change it as needed. Just remember to change it
back when you are done if you change the size for photos
that don't need as much detail. 5184x3888 is a good size.
A bit smaller than that would be fine if you never want to
make large prints, like 8"x10" or larger.

One thing nobody mentioned is the framing. If the package
or the receipt takes up only a small part of the photo, you
can crop the photo to reduce its size. You can use the Paint
program included with Windows 10 (and earlier versions of
Windows) to do that. Just right-click the image file and select
"Edit". Paint should open and display the photo. Use the
mouse and the selection tool to select the area you want to
keep, then crop, and save the result with either a new name
or the same name to overwrite the original.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#10
November 29, 2018 at 18:01:17
My digital camera take photos with a default size of 5184x3888, therefore I can resize on an individual basis to the only one other option of 2048x1536 ( I never make prints, I generally only need photos for posting items on ebay). Come to think of it, I did experience issues when trying to attach photos in emails once since they were too large. Now I know how to deal with that if it happens again. I tried sending the reduced image (2048x1536) thru email and it worked. Phew! Learn something new everyday--I didn't have a need to use this feature of my camera until I ran into a brick wall where my image wouldn't load due to its large size. I am familiar with editing (not through paint); i.e. cropping and such since I use this feature quite frequently.. But cropping a photo would not change it's "size" of 5184x3888, right?
So now I know how to change the size of a photo while I still have it on my memory card in my camera. But how would I change the size of a photo which is in my folders on my computer?

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#11
November 29, 2018 at 21:02:51
That online sizer should do it, otherwise you will need some sort of program.

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#12
November 30, 2018 at 05:30:43
Thank you for sharing the knowledge. This site is my go-to site for all of my computer headaches (and I have many!). Each an every answer here is worthy of "Best Answer", but I can only choose one. Thank you to everyone! :)

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#13
December 2, 2018 at 07:08:15
geekiamnot wrote:

> But cropping a photo would not change it's "size" of 5184x3888, right?

No, cropping reduces the pixel dimensions of an image and usually also
its filesize. How much the filesize is reduced depends on the compression
method used and the amount of detail in the image. A straight bitmap
image has no compression at all, and the filesize will be reduced by
nearly 1/2 when (for example) the bottom half of an image is cut off.

> But how would I change the size of a photo which is in my folders on
> my computer?

Use MS Paint or any other image editor. When you crop or reduce the
resolution of an image, you should be given the option to either save the
result as a new file or overwrite the existing file.

Does that answer your question? I may not have understood what you
were asking about. It seems very straightforward. But then, I've been
doing it for decades.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#14
December 2, 2018 at 08:41:44
Yep, paint is most versatile although I've not bothered with the 3d one. The original mspaint.exe is still in Win10 if you search for it.

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#15
December 2, 2018 at 08:55:20
Jeff, When you say to use " paint" is that the feature which automatically pops up when I double click on a photo? I am very familiar with how to crop but am unclear if you are referring to the same process which I already use or are you referring to something else? And, to be clear, if I crop this picture and save it, this will reduce file size (possibly to be acceptable for email attachments?).
Thank you for sharing of your knowledge!

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#16
December 2, 2018 at 09:00:36
What pops up when you click a picture depends on your settings but in Win 10 it is most likely to be an MS program called "Photos". The title of the program used should appear at top left.

EDIT:
If you are using the "Photos" program at the top right it has an Edit function which includes cropping.

If you search for mspaint that will open, so you can check whether it's the one used for pictures. It is not usually.

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#17
December 2, 2018 at 11:14:41
I just figured how to edit/crop with paint. Under what circumstances would I benefit to crop with Paint rather than with Photos which is the default edit program for my photos.

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#18
December 2, 2018 at 13:12:24
For general cropping and editing you might as well use Photos if that is what normally opens your pictures. Paint can do one heck of a lot with detail and can, if you wish go right down to single pixel detail.

When my twin daughters were young they ripped apart a photo of them in a pump-up boat. I managed to put it back together many years later by moving chunks of the photo into the blank missing area. I'll see if I can find it an post it somewhere just to show what can be done.

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#19
December 2, 2018 at 13:27:59
Go here to view the Before and After files:
http://www.fileconvoy.com/dfl.php?i...

Probably best if they are downloaded and put in a folder so that you can switch from one to the other for comparison. I doubt you could do that with the MS Photo program and it's why I hang onto "Paint" (original version) despite it being around since 1985.

I've corrected many blemishes in photos using Paint.

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#20
December 2, 2018 at 13:54:36
Just saw the before/after photos. Amazing! I doubt I'll ever be doing any sort of image correcting like this (at least I hope not!). This looks to be very tedious work. You're bascially filling in all that is missing, correct? Like an artist would paint it back?

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#21
December 2, 2018 at 14:52:48
Yes. it was time consuming - taking bits from the good side of the picture, turning them around as necessary then moving them across. Sometimes in blocks and at other times just a few pixels at a time.

There are obviously more ambitious programs around, such as Photoshop or the freebie "Gimp".

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