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How do I reduce an image size in MB's

Aug 24, 2012 12:35 AM

I want to enter an image into an online competition but the size needs to be less than 3 MB.  Most of my images seem to be larger than this.  How do I reduce the size of the image in either elements or iphoto?  I get confused by the different ways of measuring the images.  I just want to make the image less than 3 MB

 
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    Aug 24, 2012 1:09 AM   in reply to jude309

    Does the online competition page give a size in pixel dimensions or any other guidelines besides just less than 3 mbs?

    If they just say under 3mb, that's very vague as you can compress a rather big image to under 3 mbs but it would look terrible.

     
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    Aug 24, 2012 1:27 AM   in reply to jude309

     

    Try opening your photo in the Editor and from the menu click:

    Image >> Resize >> Image Size

     

    Check the boxes for constrain and resample then experiment with the pixel width (height will change automatically)

     

    In my example I typed 1250 and reduced the file size to 2.9mb (original size is shown in brackets)

     

    size3mb.png

     
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    Aug 24, 2012 3:20 AM   in reply to jude309

    Set a resolution of 72 for display on the internet and that will give more scope when re-sizing.

    If the image is already displayed at 72 ppi in the editor (see info strip at bottom of main edit window) simply use File >> Save As

     

    Rename the file or accept any edit extension automatically added by elements; Then click the save button. You can adjust the quality slider between 1 to 12 to change the file size. A setting of 8 to 10 usually works well.

    

    

     

     

     
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    Aug 24, 2012 4:22 AM   in reply to 99jon

    Open your image

    Go to File>save for web. In the dialog be sure that "constrain proportion" is ticked.

    In the dialog, near the top left, select file type (GIF is default)

    Change size to suit

     
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    Aug 24, 2012 8:40 AM   in reply to jude309

    I tried that but before I can use the 'save for web' I was asked to reduce the file size!

    No. You can ignore that warning. It didn't tell you to reduce it, just said it was bigger than Save for Web was designed for. It doesn't matter. Just go ahead.

     
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    Aug 24, 2012 11:38 AM   in reply to jude309

    jude309 wrote:

     

    Does this sound like a reasonable size to send into an online photo competetion?

    When an online site tells you to limit your photo to a size of "xx Mb or lower", they're doing that strictly for their own convenience -- they don't want to use up much storage space on their servers.

     

    jude309 wrote:

     

    Is there an easy way of understanding image sizes

    When you use Image...Resize...Image Size, you can change the options like so:

    image size.png

    and watch the "Pixel Dimensions" value change -- that label tells you the size of the image file on disk.

     

    jude309 wrote:

     

    Is there an easy way of understanding ... what is suitable for what?

    In general, you'll use 72 (or 96) pixels/inch as the resolution for images used for display on computer monitors, and 300 pixels/inch for images that will be printed on you home printer.  After that, just adjust the Width and Height values so your image has the physical dimensions you need.

     

    Ken

     
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    Aug 24, 2012 11:46 AM   in reply to jude309

    http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1ArC3g8nuR3RH2XiuKm1Y2ohKJHa I

     

    The print screen allows for a visual point of reference, px dimensions vs. dimensions in inches @ 72px/in. That is what the red rectangle would print out at.

    Absent more precise guidelines from the contest people, it seems to me that it is ok to upload.

    It is an odd size, and you may want to crop it if they return the submission with advanced guidelines.

     
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