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saving file makes the file smaller

by cnet3tee / March 4, 2010 5:28 PM PST

I was using Paint from my PC to view a file (size 4.5 MB jpeg file), then without any changes, I saved it. The file size is now 1.39 MB jpeg file. It looks okay when I viewed it "full size" on screen.

But how can I save a file without downsizing the filesize so much, and keeping a jpeg file?

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Why save the file if you already have it ...
by Kees Bakker / March 4, 2010 5:30 PM PST

and didn't intend to make any changes?

- Where did that file come from?
- Use irfanview to compare the properties (such as number of pixels) of the two files.


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want to edit file (pictures) w/o greatly reducing filesize
by cnet3tee / March 29, 2010 5:02 PM PDT

The file is a jpg file. I saved it w/o first making any changes because I wanted to see if it will make my picture file size smaller...and it did.

I normally do make changes (like cropping or remove red eyes...) and then I will save the changes. Then I noticed that my file size got reduced. I thought somehow my changes reduced the file size...that's why I tried just saving it without even making changes and it still greatly reduce the file size.

I will look into infraview as you've suggested.


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In that case ...
by Kees Bakker / March 29, 2010 5:12 PM PDT

Paint isn't the right photo-editor for you.

Try irfanview, Picasa,, Photoshop etcetera.


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