- Cut the fat
Use your Marquee Tool to select only the portion
of the GIF or JPEG you really really want to see. If there is a border
around the graphic,
hack that sucker off. If you want a border around it, use a single
cell of a browsers table to frame the graphic. There is no download
time that way. If you want to embarrass your friend with that stupid
photo you have, select that portion of the JPEG that highlights that
which makes him a dork, such as his Furbie costume, not the primo
standing next to him. Once you select the portion of the graphic
you want to keep, select "Trim Selection" from your "Edit" menu.
Be careful because you cannot undo this with out closing the file
without saving and then reopening the same file.
Does it have to be actual size? If it was a large graphic to start
with reduce the size a bit. Under your "Picture" menu select "Size" and "Scale...".
Make sure your "Keep Proportions" check box is checked and
experiment with changing the size of your image either in the Dimension
or Size text boxes. Keep the resolution at 72 pixels per inch.
- Reduce the color table
Your GIF will have a CLUT, a color look-up table.
You need to remove the unused colors because it is these extra unused
add bulk to the size of your images. Under your "Picture" menu
select "Colors" and change it to a smaller color depth.
The color depth it is presently at will be checked so you will
know where to start. Better yet is the "Change Bit Depth Dynamically..." selection
under the same menu. Here you will have a slider bar that will
reduce the colors as you watch the effect real time. Very slick.
mind you will need to do a lot of experimentation here to make
sure that the changes you have made are consistent in both NutScrape
and Internet Exploder or whatever the heck weirdo browser you have
on hand but these two for sure. This can be a pain. Just keep changing
the color depth until you have something you can live with. Keep
in mind that dithering will make an image a larger size.
or converting your work.
You are in GraphicConverter buddy, save it
as whatever you want it to be, JPEG to GIF or back or PICT or BMP
to your Grannies hinney.
GraphicConverter can do it. Just pay attention to the options in
As..." dialog. Remember now, for the web, JPEG or GIF formats only.