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I made a layout of our offices in Visio and used a huge scale, it's 66 ins by 26 ins, and when I export it as an image it's huge (6358 x 2506).  I had originally created one small area of the office, trying to get the proportions correct, then pasted our old floor plan image on it and stretched the image so the new area in it fit the area I created in Visio so that everything would stretch out relational to each other (if that makes any sense).  Then I went with Visio and created walls and doors and windows where they showed up on the imported image and deleted the image when I was finished.  

Now I want to make an image map of it in SharePoint but the image stretches way off the screen.  I tried saving a smaller image from Visio but much of the quality is lost.  I tried shrinking it in Photoshop and same thing, it becomes pixelated and ugly.  I tried selecting all in Visio and grabbing the corners and shrinking it all down at once but it's like it misses some points so my wall's end up slanted and warped.

Is there any way to make my image smaller and not lose the quality without having to go in and manually shrink everyone one by one?
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Question by:HSI_guelph
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Hi HSIG,

When you export a Visio drawing as an image, there is an option to select the export resolution. The default is 96 dpi (dots per inch). Since you're drawing is huge, you might try to lower this resolution. There is a "custom" radio button that you can check, then enter the new resolution values. Maybe start with 48 and see how that works.

I think that this should make a better image than reducing a higher-resolution image using an image editor.
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by:HSI_guelph
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I set it to 16 x 16 ppi and it is much better but still a bit choppy especially around the fonts.  I was using the size option instead of the resolution which was not right.  I'd still like to shrink the size of my entire drawing if possible even just by half so the Visio diagram itself can be imported into other Microsoft programs like PowerPoint.  Thank you and I'll close this thread tomorrow with your response.
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Hi,

Another option worth a shot:

1. Copy your entire drawing
2. On a clean page, do a Paste Special, and choose Enhanced Metafile. This makes a vector representation of your drawing, but as a single, "dumb" shape that you can resize to a smaller size.
3. Make it a bit smaller, then export as an image. You might be able to get this to be a crisper image.

Cheers,

Chris
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by:HSI_guelph
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Both awesome solutions for my problem, thanks!!!!
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