how do i make an avatar in Photoshop?

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  1. YesterdaysGone

    YesterdaysGone Iced Out Platinum Member

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    hey i have cropped many photos to the 150x150 pixel size, but when i save them (jpeg) they are around 17kb, not under 10 like the requirement. how do i shrink the filesize? it is photoshop 7, and i am saving them at the lowest quality, and still they are too big?!?!? how do i do it?
     
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    there's a Save for Web option. Select that, then you can optimize the image and view it real-time how it affects it. Usually a jpeg quality setting of 60% will yield a good-looking avatar that's small in size.
     
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    YesterdaysGone Iced Out Platinum Member

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    thankyou sir. i was struggling on this, because i usually never care about filesize, (300gig HD)
     
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    yep. However, when dealing with the intraweb you have to be very concerned about size. Bandwidth doesn't grow on trees! (oh I wish, lol)
     
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    woohoo! i get to have a catchy avatar too now!!! thanks again, bud.
     
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    Juvenall What Would Juvie Do?

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    Another option that I find helps even after Photoshops's "Save for Web" feature is this:

    http://www.netmechanic.com/GIFBot/optimize-graphic.htm

    It's a nifty little tool you can use to compress images online. I've found it can often help give you a better idea of what an image will look like on a page then Photoshop does. You can even hover over the images to see a before/after style view.

    It does ask for an email but a) I've never gotten anything when I used a real account and b) when I've used a fake account (like [email protected]), it still works just fine.

    Testing it on your avatar, I saw it could be crunched in HALF (58%) and still look about the same. On mine I saw I could do like 67%..
     
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