Thumbnail images are a useful way of keeping the size of a web page down so that the page doesn't end up taking too long to download. By incorporating a thumbnail image in the page and linking that to the larger more detailed copy of the image, one large download is split into a number of smaller ones and only those actually interested in the image have to wait for the detailed copy to download. The important thing in creating a thumbnail image is to actually create a second image in the smaller size rather than just adjusting the width and height parameters in the HTML. Only by reducing the actual size of the image do we get a smaller file to download as part of the page and gain the benefits of using a thumbnail.
So let's begin. I will assume that you have already created and saved the image that you want to create a thumbnail image for and.
To create a thumbnail image in Paintshop Pro (or any other graphics program for that matter) you need to:
Now all that you have to do is to upload both copies of the image to your web site and link the thumbnail into your page in such a way that clicking on it will open the larger copy of the image.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.