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Section 6.1  Optimize Images for the Web

Web pages that contain large, original image sizes take long to load.  To provide a better Web experience for your visitors, optimize your images for the Web before adding them to the Document Management System (DMS).  When you optimize an image, you reduce its file size (e.g., 44 KB instead of 104 KB) and dimensions (e.g., 400x300 pixels instead of 800x600 pixels).

Follow these steps to optimize an image using Microsoft Paint:

  1. Click Start at lower left corner.
  2. Click Programs.
  3. Click Accessories.
  4. Click Paint program.
  5. Click File menu.
  6. Click Open and locate the picture you want to resize.
  7. Click File menu.
  8. Click Save As.
  9. At "File name", rename your file to something else.  This is the file you are editing.  A different file name protects your original file and does not overwrite the original.
  10. At “Save as type”, select JPEG in the dropdown list.
  11. Click Save.  Your image size may change (larger or smaller) due to resolution conversion.
  12. Click Image menu.
  13. Click Stretch/Skew.
    Reduce the 100% values in Horizontal and Vertical to your desired picture size.  For example, type 50 in Horizontal and 50 in Vertical to reduce the picture to half the original size.  This also reduces the file size and does not effect the image quality.
    PLEASE NOTE: The horizontal and vertical values must match.  If not, the picture will look skewed and/or distorted.
    If you don’t like the result and want to resize, click Edit, then Undo, and repeat steps 12 and 13.
  14. Click File menu.
  15. Click Save.
  16. Close the Paint program.

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