Anyone who creates content for the FHA website should be aware that properties of the image can have implications for website storage, article load times and sometimes, suitability for emailing. Therefore, the webmaster is promulgating the following guidelines for images intended for use on the website. These guidelines will also help anyone who creates documents using MS Word.

 First, you need a simple photo editor. Not Photoshop (or its free equivalent, GIMP). I recommend Irfanview - for resizing. Display an Image, Ctrl-R, tell it the width and resolution, and save the image. Install the 32- or 64-bit version, depending on your computer. If you aren't sure, the 32-bit version works on either. Install the corresponding extensions package as well. This program will read almost any image format, and can Save as... most formats as well.

Before you start, you need to decide on the size of the image that will appear in your document - in inches or centimeters - that you want its width to be in yur document. If you are replacing an old image, just measure it. For a new one just estimate the needed width. (It's height will be determined by the software.)

Resize in IrfanviewNext, open Irfanview and then open the image you want to use in Irfanview. When it appears, type Ctrl-R (or with the menus, choose Image->Resize/Resample). A dialog box will appear similar to the one at the right.

in the "Width" box, insert the width you want it to have in your document. The height will be calculated automatically.

In the DPI (dots per inch) box, if the number there is 100 or less, leave it. if it's over 100, change it to 96. That DPI will display prefectly well on any computer or other device screen.

Then choose from the top menu File->Save as... (or just type "s")  and your "save as" box will open (system-dependent appearance!). Save the file wherever you want but be sure to make the "Save as type" = WEBP - Webby File Format.

Now you have your file resized and saved as small at it can get, and you can insert it into your website article or your Word document.

The saved webp image file only takes up 27 KBytes - compared to 157 KBytes in the original jpg file - about an 86% reduction - and we didn't even resize it. So this is really a significant improvement, and we highly recommend this format and sizing for all FHA website images going forth.