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In Computer Literacy for the Mac, author Garrick Chow walks through the skills necessary to use Mac computers comfortably, while improving learning, productivity, and performance. This course focuses on the Apple Mac OS X operating system and offers a thorough introduction to computers, networks, and computer peripherals such as printers, digital cameras, and more. In addition, basic procedures with software applications, the Internet, and email are covered.
It's probably safe to assume you'll want to share many of your digital photos with friends and family. For those times when the people with whom you want to share your photos aren't sitting in front of your Mac, iPhoto offers several options. First, start by selecting the photos you want to share. I will just hold down the Command key and click a couple of these pictures, and we will look at the buttons in the lower right-hand corner. Now, the first button, MobileMe, is if you subscribe to Apple's MobileMe service, which offers online storage and web galleries you can publish to from applications like iPhoto, so you can provide a web address for people to view your pictures.
If you have a Facebook page, just like everyone else these days, you can publish directly to Facebook, so your Facebook friends will see your photos on your account, and the same goes for Flickr, the online photo sharing site. But the one sharing option you will probably use most often is e-mail, since just about everyone has an e-mail address these days. And the great thing about e-mailing photos from iPhoto is that iPhoto can automatically resize your photos into an e-mailable size. You have probably been on the receiving end of someone e-mailing you photos before, in which all the photos come through at huge sizes, making you have to scroll up, down, and left and right, just to see the picture.
So in iPhoto, just select your photos, and then click e-mail. Then you need to choose a size. When you make your selection - I will just say Large - when you make your selection, you will see an estimated file size appear, so you can better gauge whether you will be able to send the photos at this size. Many e-mail providers put file size caps on attachments, so you should probably try to keep your attachments under six or seven megabytes. In this case, my estimated size is 1.2 megabytes for three photos at this size, so that should be fine. And when you have chosen a size, click Compose Message, and then in a moment, you will see a new message window containing your images.
Now, at this point, all you have to do is enter your recipient's e-mail address, change the subject line if you want to, and maybe add a message to the body of the e-mail if you want, and then you just click Send to share your photos. Let me just cancel this for now. Now, if your e-mail gets returned to you saying the files are too large, you might have to select a smaller size in iPhoto, or alternatively, choose fewer images and send them in separate e-mails to keep the overall file size down. But as you can see, it's pretty easy to share your photos through e-mail via iPhoto, and if you don't use iPhoto, you'll most likely find similar ease of use for e-mailing your photo in other photo management applications.
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