Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

September 29, 2010

Frustrated!!!!

So I go to start uploading my necklace photos to my Etsy store and apparently they are too big.  I am unsure how to rectify this, so I start looking through all the menus in the Pictures folder and I can't find anything that allows me to resize them.  I opened up all my programs and chose one of the Microsoft Photo programs that are allegedly loaded on my laptop.  It starts asking me to enter a 'product key'.  I don't have one, because it came with the computer, so I exit out of that screen, only to find out that those programs are only usable on a trial basis, and I have to purchase the actual program from Microsoft.  I was only able to resize 3 pictures under this 'trial basis' before it locked me out of the option.  So I got 3 whole necklaces uploaded before running into a massive brick wall.

I started to get this sinking feeling that there was no quick fix, without my either having to spend a great deal of time uploading all the necklace photos to some free online website, resizing them and resaving them to my hard drive, or I was gonna have to shell out some bucks for Photoshop or something.  I did a shout out for help on Facebook and my friends all said I was going to have to basically do it the way I was dreading, or get a cheaper camera that takes smaller size photos.  

I've already spent hours sorting all the necklace photos into folders, which folders are organized by necklace length.  So instead of being able to just 'select all' from one folder, in order to upload them to Photobucket, I'm gonna have to spend hours uploading them folder by folder, hours resizing each and every one, hours resaving them to my hard drive and hours uploading them to Etsy.  Now, I must say, listing stuff on Etsy isn't a speedy process at all as it is.  There are at least 6 screens into which you have to enter copious quantities of information about the item, materials used, shipping, etc. etc.  Instead of putting the photo upload on the first page, it's one of the last steps, so after entering ALL that information on ALL those screens, THAT'S when it tells me the fucking photo is too big.  

To say I am frustrated beyond belief is an understatement.  There HAS GOT to be an easier way!  Till then I guess I'll just have to suck it up and plod along at it bit by bit, and get them on Etsy bit by bit.  My friend Joe has offered to do the resizing for me if I want & sent me an invite to Photodrop, so I will probably try it this weekend.  When I have more items up, I'll post the link.  Thanks to those of you who responded to my inquiry on Facebook.  You all gave me some good photo site links I'm going to check out.  I appreciate it!

12 comments:

  1. Hey, JoJo. Its Michael, Jaime's fiance. Try downloading GIMP. Its an open-source, free version of Photoshop that should accomplish what you want to do.

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  2. Good luck with this! I know how frustrating it is to deal with technology.

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  3. OHhhhh, JoJo I feel your pain.
    I recently uploaded pictures to Photobucket and ended up with 8 -10 copies of each picture. Not that I mind a gazillion pictures of Bobby, but seriously, can nothing be easy?

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  4. JoJo, if you use Microsoft Outlook Express to send emails, you can always send them to yourself at a second email address--it gives you the option of making the pictures smaller, so they can transfer faster, or keeping them the original size. May be a simple way to do it rather than fiddling around with photo programs.

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  5. Well, I just want the jewelery! :D

    Love what I see here at the bottom of the page.

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  6. I'd love to find a way to do the opposite, and make pictures bigger, but I never managed to find out how, even with Photoshop (which I do NOT rate).

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  7. There's a whole range of free photo editing programmes out there, but I'd go with Michael's suggestion - use Gimp.

    http://www.gimp.org/

    XnView is free, too, I think.

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  8. Technology is fabulous....Until it isn't.

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  9. I feel your pain. Once again we find ourselves in parallel universes.

    Keep at it. I'm sure you'll win!

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  10. Since the technology gods have been biting me in the ass for the past few months - if it can go wrong, it will/has! - I feel your pain too!

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  11. I feel your pain too. When I was a child if something didn't work I used to/throiw/kick/break it. I've calmed down a little now...

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  12. Picasa (picasaweb.google.com) is also a good (and free) option for organizing and uploading your photos. You can export pictures to a folder and resize them in bulk at the same time. Sorry to hear about your frustrations!

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