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Hotmail Problems

January 15 2007 at 9:40 AM
Karl Hoy  (Login KarlHoy)
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I thought I would just post this to help with any problems people may have been having with MSN Hotmail concerning the sending of model photographs to be published.

When you need a photo to be published, it has to be taken with certain settings, usually around ISO 400 and above 2000 X 1600 pixels. (3 to 6 Megapixels is a must.) Once you have these setting and your looking at your pictures on the computer, either through windows viewer or Photoshop, you can see they are big and of good quality.

If you have Photoshop you should put the photo in there and go to the 'Image' tab at the top of the screen, and go to 'Image Size' in the drop down menu. Once you click on this a little table with appear with info about the picture. What your looking for is Document Size, and you should aim for a picture of about 35cm width by 25cm height, with at least over 100 Pixels per inch. This sounds really technical but if you have your settings right on your camera it will turn out fine.

So now you know the actual size of the picture, and its good enough quality for printing. So you go to send it via your MSN Hotmail account. But the publisher says the quality is bad and the picture size is tiny from his end. Why? Because Hotmail compress the images. An image of 3MB will be compressed to 0.03MB or thereabouts by Hotmail's attaching software, so your picture will be ruined. It will be ok for the internet, but not for publishing.

So what do you do? Well, first don't use Hotmail anymore. Use Yahoo. They don't compress the attachments so the quality will remain when the photos are sent.

I hope this helps anyone who has (or will be in the future) tearing their hair out because they seem to be doing everything right and everything seems to be wrong. Its not you though, its Hotmail.

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Niels Henkemans
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Did you.....

May 19 2007, 6:18 AM 

use the "picture attachment tool" of Hotmail? If so: don't. In the two option you have to attach files, choose "file" instead of "images". Personnaly I haven't had compression problems that way.


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