however, on trying to resize a graphic today in photoshop cs, which should be the simplest of tasks even for this moron, i started thinking that maybe photoshop is not the easiest to use program in the world after all! i opened my gif, went to the image menu, clicked image size, entered the desired values and clicked ok and it turned my picture into a squashed monstrosity, even if i only reduced it by 5%!
eventually i found out what i was doing wrong: you need to go to the image menu, select mode and ensure that rgb colour rather than indexed colour is checked first before you resize. now why didn’t i think of that? :>