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Resizing Images for Competition

How to Resize Images for Web and Email (Elements, Photoshop, Lightroom)

1.   If you have just finished editing your image, save it as an uncompressed file (TIFF, DNG, etc.) in case you want to edit it further or print it in the future.
     Never open and make adjustments to the small file you are creating. If you want to make changes, open the edited, uncompressed file you saved, make the changes, and resize again.


2.  In Photoshop or Elements, look under the “file” menu tab for "save for web and devices".


3.  A window pops up. Look for where it says "Image Size". This is where you will enter the pixel dimensions you want to downsize to.




4.  For “new size”, type in the desired pixel dimension* and click "apply".


 4.  Now for the compression to make the file size (Kilobites rather than dimensions) 350 Kb or less.
In the upper right, select JPEG for file type. Select “Very High” and then adjust the "quality" slider
by clicking on the down arrow until the number in the lower left corner (below the image) is less than 350 Kb.


5.  Click “save” at upper right, name the new file in the folder where you want to save it and click OK.


Resize in Lightroom:
  • From Library module, select image(s) to resize.
  • Click export button in lower left corner. You will now be in the export dialog box. Work down the box.
  • First, choose export location. This is up to you. I don't choose to add it to catalog.
  • File naming is next and optional and very useful once you set up some pre-sets. (Instructions below for saving pre-sets.
  • File settings: Choose jpg. Color space sRGB. Check "limit file size" and enter 350 in the box.
  • Image sizing: Check resize to fit. Choose width & height from drop down menu. Enter 1024 in width and 768 in height. This will size either landscape or portrait orientations correctly with no distortion. Set resolution to 72 p/in.
  • Output sharpening: check sharpen for screen and leave amount at standard unless the results indicate otherwise or don't check if you applied output sharpening previously in another program.
  • Click the "add" button on the lower left of the box to save the settings you just entered and give them a name and they will appear in the column to the left under "user pre-sets". Now you can click on that name and all your settings will appear on the right each time you need them. This is very handy as there are many forms of exports you will want to use.
Create custom preset for file renaming:
  • Check "rename to:" in file renaming area. click up/down arrow on right. Select edit. 
  • You're now in filename template editor box. The window will show the new name template as you create it. "Sequence" may have autofilled in this window at the top of the box. If not, Select "sequence" from below and a format from drop down menu on right.
  • Click "insert" button. Click to place curser immediately after "sequence(01)" in the top window and type your name followed by an underscore, your club initials and another underscore. Then drop to the metadata area and select title and click the insert button. "title" in blue should appear after the last underscore
  • Click up/down arrows to right of "Preset" at top of box and choose "save current settings as preset" and give it a name. You now have a preset that will appear in the drop down menu accessed by clicking the up/down arrow to right of the "rename to:" box. This will automatically rename your image(s) for a club or 4Cs EID submission.
  • One last thing. Go to the meta data area (library mode, right side) in Lightroom and add a title in the "title" window for each image you are exporting or you won't have one included in your filename.

* NOTE: A vertical dimension larger than 1024 pixels is unnecessary for viewing a digital image. Most monitors and projectors are capable of displaying only 768 to 1024 pixels vertically. Currently, Columbia Council of Camera Clubs accepts only 768 vertical and 1024 horizontal pixels. A file size of 350 Kb is a good quality and small enough not to slow down web viewing or emailing. That is the size allowed for competition in Columbia Council of Camera Clubs.