Emailing Your Pictures

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You have all these great pictures, and you want to share them, right? There are several ways to go about this. You can send them as email attachments, just like stuffing a handful of prints into a letter. You can post them on a forum, if you belong to one. You can set up your web gallery on your own website, or you can join a service such as Webshots (www.webshots.com) that gives you online storage and lets you share your pictures with others as well as make digital prints and photo gifts.

To add a photo to an email, use the Add Attachment button or command in your regular email program and locate the picture you want to send. You can't send mail directly from Photoshop. The photo needn't be any special format, as long as you know your recipient has software that can open it. JPEG is always safe, because it will open in any web browser.

To post a picture in a forum or on a service such as Webshots, follow their instructions. In any case, make sure that the picture is a reasonable size. You wouldn't want someone to tie up your computer by sending you a huge file, so don't do it to them.

Many computer users are rightfully suspicious of unsolicited downloads. If you want your pictures to be seen and enjoyed, send them only to people you know, and warn them first, in another note, that a picture is coming. Otherwise, your art might end up in a spam filter.

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