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I have struggled with getting images to the right file size for the Wiki.  I wrote the following article for myself to refer to when I want to upload an image.  If others think it could be useful, I can post it as an article, or I will just leave it here under discussion.

I am fairly new to working with digital images. After several failed attempts to import images into the Wiki, I came up with the following procedure. All images I have uploaded using these guidelines have been accepted. If anyone knows a simpler way to get images into the Wiki, I would be glad to hear about it.

How to prepare an image for use in the Wiki for Dummies

Download image to My Documents/My Pictures.

Open the image in PowerPoint.  Double click on the image if you want to enhance color, brightness, contrast, or add text or lines, change borders, etc.

Right click on the image; Save the image as a PNG file or a JPEG file. PNG format seems to take more manipulation to get the image to the correct number of bytes for the WIKI. PNG is a file type that is specific for sharing (Portable Networks Graphic). JPEG files tend to deteriorate as you save them multiple times. When possible, it is better to use the PNG format.

Open the folder where you saved the image. Note how many bytes the file contains. You will need to reduce the bytes to about 55,000 or less for the Wiki. Right click on the file name and “Open With” Paint. Click “Image” then “Stretch and Skew” to bring the image “attributes” to about 350x250 pixels or smaller, and 55,000 or less bytes. I do this by changing the vertial and horizontal settings to whatever percentage of the image bytes will bring it to about 75,000 bytes.  Save the image. The size and type of file is listed in your directory where it is saved.

One thing I don’t understand is that the “image attributes” in Paint typically shows a much larger file than what appears when it is saved in My Documents. I found I can keep the image to about 75,000 bytes and it saves as under 55,000 bytes in my directory.