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dragonblade
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Having trouble uploading avatar

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I'm trying to upload an image of mine as an avatar and I'm having no success at all. I note the requirements state that images can't be more than 80 x 80 pixels and 6 KiB. I haven't heard the term 'KiB' before (I assume that's referring to 'KB.') I resized my image down to 80 x 80 pixels at 72dpi and it was way too large. So I made it smaller and smaller (50 x 50 pixels, 20 x 20 pixels etc) and it's still too big. The odd thing is I haven't had this trouble before reducing file sizes of images to meet certain requirements. With this particular image, I'm having a lot of trouble getting it below 15KB. It is a jpeg image so would have a fair bit of compression which would help. Though I even tried reducing it to 10 x 10 pixels and even 5 x 5 pixels but it will not drop below 15KB. Very strange.

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Re: Having trouble uploading avatar

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What's making your files too large is metadata embedded in them. Get rid of that and there should be no trouble with size.

In Photoshop, the simplest approach is to save the image using File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy).

Using GIMP, follow the instructions at https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-ways-to ... t-want-to/ . I unchecked everything except Optimize.

Both methods generated an 80x80 JPEG in under 4 KB.

--Rik

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Re: Having trouble uploading avatar

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Thank you for the instructions. I'm a Photoshop user and don't have much experience with Gimp. i have Photoshop CS4 but unfortunately, 'Save to Web' is not one of the Export options. I may have downloaded Gimp in the past. I'll have to check.

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In CS4, I believe it was File > "Save for Web & Devices", so directly under the File menu, not under Export.

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Re: Having trouble uploading avatar

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Thank you! That did the trick.

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