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How To Send Full Resolution Photos from Picasa

sending full resolution photos from picasa emailSometimes technology is too clever for its own good. Take Picasa, for example. When you email from Picasa, it automatically resizes the photo to reduce the file size. This is in your best interest, since full quality photos can be megabytes large and will either take forever to email or be blocked by your email provider. But for some users, this is frustrating if you want to send the full high quality image. Here’s a question that came from our as an example:

Why can’t I send full resolution pictures in Picasa? Whenever I email pictures from Picasa, they always end up getting massively resized. This is VERY annoying because I want to be able to PRINT these pictures after emailing them. Any clues?

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to override Picasa’s auto-resizing feature and send photos in original quality.

Step 1

From Picasa, Click Tools > Options.

email options in picasa

Step 2

Click the Email tab.

email high resolution photos from picasa for printing

Step 3

Under the setting for “Size for single picture,” select Original size.

change email file size limitations in gmail

As you may have gathered, this only affects Picasa photos you send one at a time. If you want to send multiple high res photos, you can drag the slider for “Size for multiple pictures” up to 1600 pixels, but this obviously still isn’t full res.

change email options in picasa

Click OK when you’re done.

Step 4

Now, when you select a single photo in Picasa and use the Email button, you’ll send a full resolution photo, suitable for printing and ready to inflate your data usage for the month!

emailing high res photos in picasa

Before:

prevent picasa from resizing emailed photos

After:

emailing full resolution photos from picasa

Conclusion

This just changes the behavior of the Email button in Picasa. There’s still nothing stopping you from attaching your photos manually by Right-clicking them and choosing Locate on Disk and then dragging them and dropping them into a Gmail message. You can even use this method for multiple photos. Just be aware that Gmail, Yahoo! and Hotmail imposes a 25 MB attachment limit on Gmail messages.

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