Old 06-05-2007, 11:11 PM   #1
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Question Resizing Digital Phots

I'm sure this has probably been discussed a lot, but I'm new here so please bear with me.

What is the best way to get your photos down to the size that RP will accept? I've been using Photoshop Elements and using the save for web option. But when I make a 77kb file from a 6meg file something must get lost. I suspect there has to be a better way. Thanks for the help.
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I'm sure this has probably been discussed a lot, but I'm new here so please bear with me.

What is the best way to get your photos down to the size that RP will accept? I've been using Photoshop Elements and using the save for web option. But when I make a 77kb file from a 6meg file something must get lost. I suspect there has to be a better way. Thanks for the help.
Quite simple...do NOT "save for web." Simply "save as" and save at the highest quality possible, as long as the file remains under their maximum size allowed (1 meg).
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Old 06-05-2007, 11:43 PM   #3
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OK, I just read the discussion on page 2. So never mind.

Here I've been using Irfanview for years now and never new it would resize,etc.

thanks anyway
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I'm sure this has probably been discussed a lot, but I'm new here so please bear with me.

What is the best way to get your photos down to the size that RP will accept? I've been using Photoshop Elements and using the save for web option. But when I make a 77kb file from a 6meg file something must get lost. I suspect there has to be a better way. Thanks for the help.
It requires two steps. The following is for Elements 3, which I hope is quite similar if not identical to Elements 5.

At some point in your processing, probably near the end, you need to do a resizing, so do Image/Resize/Image Size. For a horizontal, make the width 1024 pixels (maximum for RP). For a vertical, make the height 900 pixels (that's what I like!). Make sure Constrain Proportions is checked as well as Resample Image - choose Bicubic for the option.

I do that basically after everything but sharpening and saving.

Then, when it comes time to save, I don't care for Save for Web because it does not include the handy EXIF information in the file. I do a File/Save As, choose file format JPG, put in the file name and extension .jpg (irritating that Elements doesn't automatically do that, at least not version 3). On the next window, RP likes us to submit large files, so choose a quality of 12. If, at the bottom, size is more than 1000k, choose a quality of 11, to keep the file size under 1000k=1MB.
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Aargh, I was in the middle of writing but also putting kids to sleep and didn't catch the "never mind" in time!
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No, thanks very much. That is really good info. I'll give it a try.
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I almost hate to bring up this painful thread, but there are some techniques about resizing in there amongst the dung being flipped my way for starting the thread and the hording of trade secrets:

http://www.railpictures.net/forums/s...ead.php?t=4750
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What's a phot?
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Thanks gents, you gave me a good idea!

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