G'day Thomas; to get decent definition one has to scan or
photograph at high resolution and untreated, they are huge, as you
say. One trick is to use your slightly sophisticated word processor
program. Having cropped, and otherwise adjusted your original, in the
graphics or 'paint' program, you may find the word processor won't
accept the format. So, still in the graphics program, you should 'save
as' and when you get the dialogue box, look for a little pull-down
menu which lists 'save' formats. Choose JPEG which most processors
accept, and then click 'options' on the dialogue box. With the JPEG
preference format in the lower type space, use 'options' to select a
reasonable compression. 65% will work fine, and will allow you to
email the picture without getting howls of rage from recipients. (when
other systems take ages to download.)
If you tell the box to put it on your desktop, you can later slide it
into any file there or even create a new one. Click 'save,' and then
exit it. You will still have the original wherever it was originally,
unchanged and ready to be used again.
Note that JPEG actually loses pixels each time it is used! Which is
why you should keep the large original on file, in TIF, PNG, GIF, or
other 'non lossy' formats - I found that out the hard way too, when I
couldn't understand why my lovely pictures never looked as good as
when first saved. But such non lossy pictures eat disc space. So
store them in Zip discs, or floppies. Take those to a suitable
computer firm who will (at a fee) put them on a CD for you.
Now open the text program and use the 'insert' option from the
'graphics' menu. Using the new dialogue box, find 'desktop' and
double click on the picture name icon. And LO; there it is in the text
program, but don't worry if it is A4 size! Well, give it time to load!
You can either use 'graphics/format' to choose your required
size, or use the little black 'handles' at the edge of the 'selected'
picture to pull it to the size you want, and click in the middle to
move the picture around, holding down the left mouse button.
Now, I am really the last person to give out expert computer advice,
but I found out the hard way. Couldn't get much sense out of the
manual! And the 'Help' thingy never answers the questions one needs
to ask. Hoping it all works for you, -- Cheers now, John Burgess;
@John_Burgess2 of Mapua Nelson NZ