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FReeper Photo Help Needed (Vanity obviously)
Me | n/a | leapfrog0202

Posted on 12/18/2010 3:06:14 PM PST by leapfrog0202

Sorry to post a vanity, but I am looking for some technical help having to do with photos.

A good friend lost her only photos of her son and managed to pull a few off of Classmates.com, but sadly, they are that tiny thumbnail size. (Her ex has custody of the boy, she the girl & he hasn't allowed him to visit in 2 years so the photos mean a lot to her)

I've tried basic stuff to enlarge the photos for her, but of course the larger they get, the blurrier they get. She knows less than I do about stuff like this so I'm appealing to the folks that seem to know something about everything ~ FReepers!

If anyone can help, please let me know. Whether it's a program I can download or whatever, I'm up for it. I just want to help her as she's really missing her son. Thanks.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: help; photos

1 posted on 12/18/2010 3:06:20 PM PST by leapfrog0202
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To: leapfrog0202

Adobe Illustrator, maybe? But that might be a long shot.


3 posted on 12/18/2010 3:10:12 PM PST by camerongood210
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To: leapfrog0202

Unfortunately you can’t make the smaller compressed thumbnails any bigger without the dithering/blurring of the pixels. Is she able to get back on classmates and click on the thumbnails? Sometimes that will take you back to a full size jpg image that can be snagged...then she can make, for example, depending on size of the image, a hard copy for a picture frame or whatever.


4 posted on 12/18/2010 3:10:57 PM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: leapfrog0202

Got a link to the thumbnails at Classmatewhatever?

Might be helpful.


5 posted on 12/18/2010 3:12:21 PM PST by humblegunner (Blogger Overlord)
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To: leapfrog0202

You probably don’t want to post actual pictures of the kid for privacy reasons.


6 posted on 12/18/2010 3:18:47 PM PST by Yossarian (Heartfelt thanks, Tea Party Patriots! Despite slander and muck, you pulled through!)
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To: humblegunner

http://www.classmates.com/people/people/2687379?registrationId=2687379#nav-c2p2-0

Link to the album at classmates.com

Thanks to everyone that has responded. She did sign in and click the thumbnails, but evidently once they’re uploaded there, they are unable to be expanded. All she’s gotten is the same thumbnail.

If we can’t do it, I understand, she’s pretty resigned to not being able to make them larger, but I thought I’d try. I’ve never seen such a wealth of knowledge as I’ve seen on here!

Thanks again everyone.


7 posted on 12/18/2010 3:20:38 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: leapfrog0202

Here’s something I did once. It’s kind of a round-about solution and the result wasn’t perfect, but it might be an improvement.

First I had a professional glossy print made of the small photo. Then I took that print and scanned it at extremely high resolution, probably something like 1200 dpi. That allowed me to sort of fake in the extra detail I needed to enlarge the photo.


8 posted on 12/18/2010 3:20:52 PM PST by FelixFelicis
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To: Yossarian

Good idea - thanks.


9 posted on 12/18/2010 3:21:17 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: leapfrog0202

Unfortunately, a photo like that can’t be blown up without becoming pixelated.


10 posted on 12/18/2010 3:21:25 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: leapfrog0202; Admin Moderator

Can you remove the photo for me please? Someone mentioned I should take the photo out and I agree. Thank you.


11 posted on 12/18/2010 3:22:19 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Thank you. That’s what I thought. :-(


12 posted on 12/18/2010 3:22:44 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: leapfrog0202

No workee.

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13 posted on 12/18/2010 3:26:58 PM PST by humblegunner (Blogger Overlord)
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To: FelixFelicis

Sorry, I replied without checking the exact size of the photo. I don’t think what I suggested what work on one that tiny.


14 posted on 12/18/2010 3:27:10 PM PST by FelixFelicis
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To: leapfrog0202

Sorry, but nothing can be done.


15 posted on 12/18/2010 3:28:44 PM PST by Logical me
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To: leapfrog0202

Unless she’s been banished from the family or something, maybe there is a relative that could get her some pictures or post them to facebook or something?


16 posted on 12/18/2010 3:35:53 PM PST by smokingfrog (Do all the talking you want, but do what I tell you.)
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To: FelixFelicis

Have you tried enlarging on a copy machine ?


17 posted on 12/18/2010 3:37:11 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: smokingfrog

Unless she’s been banished from the family or something, maybe there is a relative that could get her some pictures or post them to facebook or something?

____________

Sadly it’s pretty close to that w/the ex’s family. Thanks again everyone!


18 posted on 12/18/2010 3:43:39 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: leapfrog0202
You can't make a decent photo out of the thumbnails.

Each thumb is only a few pixels high by a few pixels wide and when you try to enlarge it each pixel will be enlarged so that you will have nothing but a bigger view of each pixel.

Even the best software will try to interpolate the pixels and you will just get a photo that looks like the camera lens was smeared with Vaseline.

19 posted on 12/18/2010 3:45:01 PM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: FelixFelicis; leapfrog0202

Exactly what I was thinking. I just tried making it 500% bigger and it is out of focus.

I would even try printing it and then scanning it, just too see what happens.


20 posted on 12/18/2010 3:55:10 PM PST by The Mayor (Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty!)
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To: leapfrog0202
I found the page, and clicked on the thumbnails, the bigger pictures came up at the bottom--just to clarify, are you saying that this size
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is too small for her? Or the only size she can bring up is the tiny one you posted earlier in this thread?
21 posted on 12/18/2010 4:31:07 PM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: leapfrog0202; pillut48

I was able to download the image pillut48 put up, and ran it through Photoshop 7, and increased the pixel count from 180 to 400/inch. Then printed it to a PDF.

The original photo was 450x339 pixels, the result was 1000x749, file sizes 47 & 342KB respectively. The PDFs are 25 & 56kb. I can email them all to her, or to you, if you’ll send me FReepmail with an address.

Old Student


22 posted on 12/18/2010 5:14:55 PM PST by Old Student
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To: leapfrog0202

You might try this, if you have access to a color printer (inkjet or laser) or grayscale with a regular inkjet printer:

>>Load the image (thumbnail) in a graphics program. I use IrfanView which is a freeware program.

>>Select the ‘print’ command. An adjustments window will pop up. Play around with the various settings until the ‘preview’ is a good size. Then print it.

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Typically, even a regular computer image (gif, jpg, etc.) is relatively small (about the size of a postage stamp). The printer driver settings may be able to resize the printable image without causing too much distortion.

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If you can get good prints, then you can rescan them to recreate computer images.


23 posted on 12/18/2010 5:22:54 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

Thank you - great idea!

Again, thank you to everyone that replied. I appreciate your help, opinions and the time you took. I knew I could count on FReepers ~ I know we’ve got some folks with the biggest hearts I’ve ever experienced and brains that are similarly sized!


24 posted on 12/18/2010 5:37:20 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: pillut48

WOW! Thanks - I had no idea it was that easy!


25 posted on 12/18/2010 5:38:04 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: pillut48

You cannot know how stupid I feel. Thanks for the lesson in Classmates! :-)


26 posted on 12/18/2010 5:40:59 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: leapfrog0202

Lost them how? Digital photos? Lost them from a computer?

PC Inspector can recover these sorts of things from digital media and it’s freeware. Works great.

http://www.pcinspector.de/SmartRecovery/info.htm?language=1


27 posted on 12/18/2010 5:52:35 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: Old Student

I got a few more from the site, I’ll send it through FReepmail if you want to adjust those as well and then forward them on.


28 posted on 12/18/2010 5:53:20 PM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: pillut48

Be my guest! I’ve had to get a lot of help over the past couple of years, it’s nice to be the one helping for a change!

Old Student


29 posted on 12/18/2010 5:56:01 PM PST by Old Student
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To: leapfrog0202; pillut48

Don’t feel stupid, I couldn’t get to them either. They wanted me to register, and I’m not up for that!

Pillut48 made it easy for me, too!


30 posted on 12/18/2010 5:57:45 PM PST by Old Student
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To: Ouderkirk

thank you Ouderkirk - will keep that bookmarked for the future. No, she lost them when her computer was lost - there was a fire....

Funny, she always says if she didn’t have bad luck she wouldn’t have any, but things are actually going pretty okay for her now :-)

Merry Christmas everyone and thanks again!


31 posted on 12/18/2010 6:29:37 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: leapfrog0202

If the disk will spin, you can attatch it to another computer and inspector will recover the images. If the electronics are fried there are way to get new electronics attached to the drive, and be good enough to recover valuable files. These sorts of things are best done by a professional, but the cost is not as bad as one might think.

Good luck to her and Merry Christmas to you and yours.


32 posted on 12/18/2010 6:44:46 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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Aw, shucks, I had a membership there a few years ago when I helped with my high school, alma mater’s 25th reunion. I didn’t renew the membership and thought it had lapsed, but apparently my stuff transfered to a basic free account because it’s still there! I didn’t have any trouble accessing the pictures. There was only 4 of that boy, some of a girl and woman and one landscape? She only wants the ones with the boy, is that right?


33 posted on 12/18/2010 6:46:40 PM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: leapfrog0202

Don’t feel stupid, when I first signed up there several years ago I didn’t know that you could click on the thumbnail and THEN scroll down the page to where the larger picture would show up! I kept deleting and reloading the pictures until I finally figured it out, LOL. ;-)


34 posted on 12/18/2010 6:52:26 PM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: leapfrog0202

Don’t feel stupid, when I first signed up there several years ago I didn’t know that you could click on the thumbnail and THEN scroll down the page to where the larger picture would show up! I kept deleting and reloading the pictures until I finally figured it out, LOL. ;-)


35 posted on 12/18/2010 6:52:42 PM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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