With today's technology, you can share your pictures, whether they're digital or old-fashioned prints, with others. If you have digital pictures, you can simply attach them to an e-mail and send them. However if they're prints, you first have to scan them into your computer before you can e-mail them. It's important to scan your pictures at the right resolution in order to retain their quality. The lower the resolution, the smaller the file size will be, which shortens the uploading and downloading time. A resolution of 75 to 100 PPI is usually considered optimal [source: HP].

Here's how to shrink and e-mail digital photos using Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start, and select the My Pictures folder from the popup list.
  2. Open the folder that contains the pictures you want to send.
  3. Select the photos you'd like to e-mail. If you press down on the Ctrl key, you can click on more than one photo at a time and select several photos.
  4. Click e-mail this file, or e-mail the selected items if you're sending more than one photo, in the File and Folder Tasks pane on the left side of the screen. The Send Picture via e-mail dialog box will appear. By default, the Make all my pictures smaller option will be selected.
  5. Click on Show more options in the Send Picture via e-mail dialogue box and make your choice from the dropdown menu. If you don't want to make the pictures a specific size, you can skip this step.
  6. Click OK to continue. Windows XP will now open a new message window in your default e-mail program, with your photos attached to the e-mail message.
  7. Type in the recipient's e-mail address along with a message and send your e-mail [source: Microsoft].
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  9. Here's how to scan and e-mail print photos:
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  11. Place the original print face-down on the scanner glass.
  12. Press the Scan button on the scanner.
  13. Select Picture to e-mail in the Scanning from… window that appears.
  14. Click Scan.
  15. Enter the recipient's e-mail address and a message in the next window that appears.
  16. Click OK and your e-mail with the photo is off [source: HP].