How To Email Large Photos

By Harlan | How To, Photo Help
26 Oct 2010

Are you a digital camera owner with photos that are too large to email to friends? The other day, I was standing at my son’s school bus stop waiting for the bus to arrive when I overheard some parents talking about being unable to share all their vacation photos because they were too big to email. So what they ended up doing was just sending one or none. If this sounds familiar, I have an easy way for you to compress your photos to smaller file sizes so you can share them through email. I’ll split this tutorial up for both Windows and Mac users. I know there are lots of ways you can do this, but these are the fastest and easiest ways I’ve found. If you have another method, I’ll give you a chance to share yours at the end of this article.

Compressing Photos For Email On A Windows PC

I use a PC most of the time and it’s super easy to do! However, you’ll need Microsoft Outlook or Windows Mail installed on your PC which I think most of you have!

Step 1 – Navigate to the folder where your photos are stored. Highlight a group of them by:

  • Clicking and dragging a selection around your photos
  • Holding down Shift and clicking on a beginning photo and an end photo in a sequence
  • Holding down CTRL and only clicking and highlighting the photos you want to compress


Step 2 – Right-click on one of the highlighted photos.

How to email large photos from a Mac or PC.

Step 3 – Select Send To > Mail Recipient. Make sure the button Make All My Pictures Smaller is clicked.

How to email large photos from a Mac or PC.

Step 4 – Click on Show More Options to select the final size you want. Click OK.

How to email large photos from a Mac or PC.

Step 5 – An email message will then pop-up and your photos are ready to send. That’s it!

I take this one step further because I want to save the compressed photos for later use. So, before clicking OK in step 4, simply highlight all the photo attachments shown in the email message and drag them to another folder on your computer.

I always name my folder “Email Size” so I know those photos are ready for emailing. That way, I build up a library of images that can be immediately emailed.

Compressing Photos For Email On A Mac

Compressing photos for email on a Mac is a little bit more involved but not difficult. In this example, you’ll need iPhoto. It comes with iLife so you’ll have to check to see if it’s installed on your Mac.

Step 1 – Launch iPhoto. Open the folder where your images are stored. Select the images you want and drag them into the iPhoto work area.

How to email large photos from a Mac or PC.

Step 2 – You’ll see the thumbnails of your images in iPhoto. From here, click on the Email tab towards the bottom-right of the window.

How to email large photos from a Mac or PC.

Step 3 – A window will pop-up giving you options for image sizes. The window shows you the number of photos to be compressed and the total file size of all the photos when compressed.

How to email large photos from a Mac or PC.

Step 4 – Select the image size you want to be attached in your email. Your total file size will go up or down depending on what you select.

How to email large photos from a Mac or PC.

Step 5 – When finishing with iPhoto, you’ll be able to compose an email and send multiple photos to friends at much smaller file sizes.

As mentioned before, these are just 2 methods of compressing your photos to email size. There are lots of other ways to do this with various programs. The Windows method is the one I use the most and the fastest. It’s not cool to clog up someone’s email box or make them wait to download your photos so if you have a technique you’d like to share with our readers, please tell us by leaving a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

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