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I am attempting to crop and enhance a photo from a picture CD from film I had processed at Costco. After I get the work done on the photo and try to save it, a pop-up says I can't because it's locked and I need to unlock it in Windows Explorer in properties. There is no place to do that. Help!...

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    Default Problem with "saving" an enhanced photo from a picture CD

    I am attempting to crop and enhance a photo from a picture CD from film I had processed at Costco. After I get the work done on the photo and try to save it, a pop-up says I can't because it's locked and I need to unlock it in Windows Explorer in properties. There is no place to do that. Help!
    Charlyce Altom Guest

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    Default Re: Problem with "saving" an enhanced photo from a picture CD

    Is the picture still on the CD? If so, that's your problem. The images need to be moved from the CD to your hard drive before they can be edited and resaved.

    If you've already done this and are still getting the notice that it's locked, you'll have to wait for a person who speaks Windows more fluently than me. I know it's pretty simple to do, and I think it involves right clicking, but I can't remember the sequence. (My "native tongue" is Mac.)
    Beth Haney Guest

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    Charlyce,

    I believe that if you save pictures from CD to hard drive that they will be
    read only.

    Once on the hard drive go to the folder where stored and right click the
    image and see if the "read only" is checked. If it is just uncheck it.

    Pete


    Pete D Guest

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    Charlyce,

    Sorry, forgot to say "right click" and then click on "Properties", then look
    for the read only.

    Pete

    > Once on the hard drive go to the folder where stored and right click the
    > image and see if the "read only" is checked. If it is just uncheck it.
    >
    > Pete
    >
    >

    Pete D Guest

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    People:
    I have tried the unset read only. It works fine for a one time fix. I would like to unset the read only permanent. How can this be done??
    Thanks
    RoyLinda Guest

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    Roy, when you say you want to "unset the read only permanent" - do you mean when you change an image from read only it only works once on that image? Or do you mean you have to do it for each image you move? If the later, that can't be done. As far as I know, each image will have to have this property changed.
    Beth Haney Guest

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    You cant cahange the images from read only whilst they are on your CD, as it is a read only medium.

    As Beth & Pete said, to change anything they must be transfered to a R/W media first, then change the attributes.

    (Unless you save as a different name, then you would apply your own attributes. Haven't tried yet.)

    Paul
    Paul L UK Guest

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    I believe that just saving to a different folder, even with the original
    file name, should not be a problem and not require any attribute change. Of
    course, you cannot save back to the CD and the read only attribute may be
    set when copying to the hard drive as a precaution against overwriting the
    original, which would make sense.

    Juergen


    Juergen D Guest

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    Thanks for all your help. I finally figured out that I need to copy to my harddrive, then to another CD, then make the CD "writeable", after which I can make all the enhancements I want! However, when I take the CD to have the images printed at the photo lab, well, they turn out a little flat and sometimes grainy. I have saved them at the same resolution from the original CD, but I still don't think the results are as good as prints from the negatives. Any more suggestions?
    Charlyce Altom Guest

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    Charlyce, I'm not a good person to be explaining all of this to you, but I think there are different kinds of CDs that can be created at the time you have film developed. If I'm not mistaken, the straight "Picture CD" is about bottom of the line in terms of quality for future prints. I don't remember this coming up recently on the forum, but you might want to do a Google search and see if you can get more information. I suspect that could be why you're not very happy with the prints you get from CD images.

    Edit: Wow! I found what I was looking for and in time to do an edit of my message. This was posted by Chuck Snyder quite a while ago, but I think it's relevant here:

    "Joe, I'm sure you know this, but for others who haven't had any experience with Kodak CD's: the Photo CD to which Richard refers is NOT the same thing as the Picture CD that's an option with processing at the local Walgreen's, Eckerd's, etc. The Photo CD provides a high-res image (actually, I believe it provides multiple resolutions) suitable for post-processing and printing;
    the Picture CD gives relatively low-res images best suited for e-mailing.

    Don't be fooled! Here in Houston, there are not that many places listed that do (or get done) Photo CD's, so you have to shop around."

    Maybe Chuck will be around a little later to update this.
    Beth Haney Guest

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    Charlyce, I haven't used a Picture CD lately, having switched to
    all-digital, but when I was using them, the images were 640 pixels by 480
    pixels, which really isn't suitable for printing much more than a 2 inch by
    3 inch photo, if that. You'll be much better off getting the lab to make
    prints from your original negatives, which probably have the equivalent of
    4000 pixels per inch, a very high resolution. Picture CD photos are fine
    for e-mailing purposes, but that's about it.

    There is a professional scanning process called Kodak Photo CD that yields a
    digital picture image of resolution suitable for printing; however, the
    cost to put slides or prints on a Photo CD in this area is $2 per picture -
    pretty high for most of us.

    Chuck


    Chuck Snyder Guest

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