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One of the most common questions I still get when I teach has to do with sending photos to other people. The argument goes something like this. Well, you told me I should shoot at high -resolution, but then when I send the photos to Aunt Jane, she complains because they're too big or they take too long to download. I'll tell you what. Between Aperture and then your e-mail application, and in this case we are going to use Apple Mail, we can solve that problem for you and make it very easy. Let's say that I would like to send this photo to Aunt Jane.
The first thing to keep in mind is how do you have your preferences set up, because this is your first line of defense for Aunt Jane. So, you go to Aperture. You go to Preferences. Under Export, you have some settings for mail. You get to choose the application that you are going to use for Email, and you have a choice of these four. Now, remember, you can use other e- mail applications, but that is a separate plug-in, these are built right into Aperture. Then you decide what is your default mail attachment going to be.
Since most of my friends have modern computers, I have a larger size. But you can pick any size that you want from your Export Settings. So, if you want to send something smaller, you could. We are going to go 1024 x 1024 because I am going to show you another trick. All right. So, we are all set up here. So, now when I click on this, it should launch my Email application. Create a 1024 attachment. Then all I have to do is send it off to Aunt Jane or whomever.
So, I'll click on Email right now. We see the Exporting going on. It's actually sampling down my image for me. Then it's going to launch my Email Application. Then it's going to present me with an e-mail with this photo attached to it. That is what it's thinking about right now as it works away. Here we go. Here is my e-mail. I would want it to give a different name, like From My Trip. There we go.
I will send it to Aunt Jane. Now, as we look here, we have another opportunity to make a change. The photo, the default size is the size that I set, the 1024. But as I think about it, I am going oh! That might be a little large for Aunt Jane. Here is the nice thing about using Apple tools. I can go down here to Image Size, and I can pick smaller size and look how the Message Size changes.
That image actually get smaller. So, I could send Aunt Jane a very small size like a 320 or a 640, somewhere in that neighborhood, or if I wanted to, I could just send the absolute Large size. So, you have two opportunities to sample down, both when you set your Preferences here in Aperture, up here, and then if you're using Apple Mail you have a second opportunity at the Mail attachment itself.
So, this allows you to shoot at the largest resolution that you want, knowing that when you share your work with others via e-mail, you have complete control over the attachment size that they receive.
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