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Hello you kind people

I am working on a Go Daddy webpage and I want to put my Crowell works on the front page and have a pay pal button so that people can buy the work directly off my webpage- I also want to have my cover featured there as well.

I am almost done BUT -- I am trying to place the cover on the front page but no matter how often I place it into Paint.net to re-size it.... it just won't shrink down enough to where it looks nice

I have my text about the book and then the pay pal button but no matter what I try to do....the cover winds up being this huge canvas sized thing that looks way out of sync with the text/pay pal button

I'd like it to possibly look the size of the covers we all have here on this board (see below). This way I can have multiple books on the page with as little scrolling around as possible for the customers (from the covers eating up so much room)

So I am using Paint.net mostly for my cover work so if anyone here uses Paint.net please let me know (when you have a moment) the best way to go in there to adjust the size of a cover so that it will be the size I need (preferably the size as shown in my signature)

Uhhh....  I have to head off to work and then right afterward I plan to watch the new Jesse Stone film on CBS tonight so I won't be back here until 11-ish

So thanks in advance !
 

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I wish I could help but I'm not familiar with Paint.net. I hope someone will chime in with good info for you though, good luck!
 

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FrankZubek said:
Hello you kind people

I am working on a Go Daddy webpage and I want to put my Crowell works on the front page and have a pay pal button so that people can buy the work directly off my webpage- I also want to have my cover featured there as well.

I am almost done BUT -- I am trying to place the cover on the front page but no matter how often I place it into Paint.net to re-size it.... it just won't shrink down enough to where it looks nice

I have my text about the book and then the pay pal button but no matter what I try to do....the cover winds up being this huge canvas sized thing that looks way out of sync with the text/pay pal button

I'd like it to possibly look the size of the covers we all have here on this board (see below). This way I can have multiple books on the page with as little scrolling around as possible for the customers (from the covers eating up so much room)

So I am using Paint.net mostly for my cover work so if anyone here uses Paint.net please let me know (when you have a moment) the best way to go in there to adjust the size of a cover so that it will be the size I need (preferably the size as shown in my signature)

Uhhh.... I have to head off to work and then right afterward I plan to watch the new Jesse Stone film on CBS tonight so I won't be back here until 11-ish

So thanks in advance !
Hmm... do you have Microsoft Picture Manager? I don't have any experience with paint.net, but I do with Microsoft Picture Manager. It's perfect for resizing and compressing pictures.
 

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I use it. I don't know if I can help much, though. The way I use it is I make the canvass the proper size when starting, 600 x 800, and then as I import elements I size them the way I want so they fit properly.

You may be able to go in and select each layer and resize that layer, but if you have multiple elements on each layer they will all resize.

I'm not exactly a power user so there may be another way.
 

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jpgs.com is a free online tool for resizing photos.  It's easy to use, and does a good job. 
 

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Frank,

I just went through this, and spent five days trying to figure it out, and finally found a great site that lets you do this. It takes about two minutes. Go to http://www.resizeimage.4u2ges.com/default.asp?b=nc and click on launch image resizer at the bottom It's fast, easy and free. Good luck.

Larry Buttram
www.larrybuttram.com
 

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Thanks all

Uhh... I think I'll check out Larry's suggestion but thanks to everyone who offered an opinion either way
 

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I use Paint.NET all the time.  Have you tried this:  save a version of the image as JPG, then choose Image | Resize from the menus.  You can set the width and height to whatever you want.  If you've tried that, and it doesn't seem to work, post again, and describe more specifically what's happening.

--Maria
 

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I use Paint.NET all the time. Have you tried this: save a version of the image as JPG, then choose Image | Resize from the menus. You can set the width and height to whatever you want. If you've tried that, and it doesn't seem to work, post again, and describe more specifically what's happening.

--Maria
That's how I do it. Pretty easy once you see it. I really like Paint.NET.
 

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Try a different software -  " Gimp " is free
and it's very good for resizing

search on the web for " resizing in Gimp " instructions - like all of these softwares,
it's easy when you know the steps, but if you don't know the steps it may as well be Quantum Theory,
which no one understands !

Gimp is very useful for graphics in general. Also look on you-tube, for videos on how to use Gimp to
shorten the learning process.
 

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Wow so many suggestions thanks!
I am off work the next few days and I'll see what I can do
That's the most annoying part is the experimenting with something new and the trial and error of it all before being able to get what you need

sigh
 

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Frank, I should add that for an image on a website to be big but not too big, try aprox. 500 pixels x 400 pixels
to start with, and see how that looks.

Gimp allows you to type in the dimensions you want, by pixels.
For a faster solution, just send the image to me and i'll resize it for you. Its quickly done.
Meanwhile, continue learning Gimp.
 

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Ugghhhh This is annoying but I'm getting a little closer- experimenting- resizing etc etc etc

Any of you can follow my progress on my new webpage ( www.nobrickwall.com) I have a total of 5 books on Kindle and I plan to have them all for sale by the end of this month on the webpage for people who do not have a Kindle

For anyone dropping by here out of curiosity I CANNOT stress enough the importance of getting basic knowledge of computer-babble and a working knowledge OF computers

This way you can be as fancy as you wish with your own webpage, your blog, or even creating your own cover (as well as , sigh, sizing it the way you want so it looks nice on your webpage)

If you have a bit of cash you can pay someone else of course but if your like me and really, really broke....you have to learn this sh*t on the fly and struggle through it (though on occasion feel free to ask one or two of the incredible friendly people here on these boards)

Hey Skyrunner-- if you wouldn't mind shrinking all 5 of my covers that'd be great. If I can't handle it by the weekend? (not the ones here in my signature-- I'll send a copy of them all for my files for use in my webpage)
 

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Hi Frank,

If you have a little knowledge about HTML code, you can resize the jpg image to any size you want:

Code:
 <img src="http://mywebsite.com/myimage.jpg" height="100px" width="75px">
If you open a photobucket account, you can resize (edit) jpg files and save a copy of the resized cover:





 

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Thanks Shelagh- I'll check into that
This is taking a bit longer than I thought but I am slowly getting things where I want them to go
Seems the only thing about the whole process is that once you stick the pay pal button in there THAT works ! It's sizing and placement and navigating the Go Daddy bells and whistles that eats up time

But I have all summer- no pressing books need to be written right now

And Shelagh.... That is one impressive cover you have there. I love it! Great effect.

Thanks so much to you (and everyone dropping in here offering comments) for taking time out of your day/chores/kids/writing/lives and offering a tip or encouragement while i struggle through this

Love this board
No judgements
No nastiness
Just generosity and openness
 

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Hi Frank,

You'll get there. I've been learning about website design for six years and I'm still learning! The cover photo was taken by Christopher Tovo (Saatchi & Saatchi, Melbourne, Australia).
 
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