Setting your preferences

Follow these steps to establish your e-mail preferences: 1. Choose EditOPreferences.

2. Select E-mail from the list on the left side of the dialog box, as shown in Figure 13-1.

Figure 13-1:

Set up your e-mail preferences before sharing your photos via e-mail.

Figure 13-1:

Set up your e-mail preferences before sharing your photos via e-mail.

3. Choose your default e-mail client from the Send E-mail Using pop-up menu.

If you use America Online (AOL), see the sidebar "Psst . . . Confidential for AOL users" later in this chapter for special instructions. Album can create e-mail messages with AOL, Eudora, Hotmail, Outlook, and Outlook Express. If you use another e-mail client, or if Album has problems generating the e-mail message, select Other from the Client pop-up menu, and your attachment will be saved to your hard drive. Then you can open the saved file directly from your e-mail client.

You won't need to change this setting again unless you want to choose a different e-mail client.

4. Select a preset size from the Presets For pop-up menu. Here are your options:

• Big: This option creates high-quality photos with good resolutions. The recipient can view large images on-screen with all the details crisp and all the colors intact.

Quality comes with a down side — the file size will be large. Make sure that your recipients can handle big files before choosing this option. Give them a call and ask if they are capable of receiving a file of a specific size. Consider this nicety a matter of simple "netiquette."

When you choose a Preset size, the Maximum Photo Size (width and height in pixel dimensions) and Quality settings display in the Size and Quality section of the dialog box. This dialog box tells you the size and quality associated with the Presets; you can change these settings if you desire. See Step 5.

• Medium: This setting provides a good quality photo. You get an average file size and decent detail in the image. This is Album's default setting and works fine for most attachments.

• Small: If you really need to squeeze the file size down to the minimum, choose this size. File sizes will be tiny, and the quality won't be that great. But what the heck — the files will download in a flash.

• Leave As Is: If you want to keep the photo's original settings, this is the option for you. If you choose this setting, the Maximum Photo Size and Quality options are not available. If you want to send your recipient a high-resolution image that will be used for optimum quality printing, make sure and select this option.

In this case, it is really, really important that the recipient has a high-speed connection. Also make sure that your file size doesn't exceed any limits placed by the recipient's ISP.

5. If you want to alter the default size associated with the Presets, choose your desired pixel dimension from the Maximum Photo Size pop-up

Don't worry; these size settings aren't written in stone. Even though the preference settings become the defaults, you can change the size settings for individual e-mail attachments as you send them.

6. You also can adjust the default Quality setting. Drag the Quality slider to the left to export a smaller file with lower quality and detail. Drag to the right for a larger file with higher quality and detail.

The Quality slider determines how much compression is applied to the image. The more compression, the smaller the file, but the poorer the quality — and vice-versa. For more details on quality and compression, see Chapter 3.

7. Click OK to save the settings and exit the Preferences dialog box.

You can now barrage your family and friends with photo attached e-mails.

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