10 Replies Latest reply: Aug 24, 2012 11:46 AM by hatstead RSS

    How do I reduce an image size in MB's

    jude309 Community Member

      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

        • 1. Re: How do I reduce an image size in MB's
          R_Kelly Community Member

          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.

          • 2. Re: How do I reduce an image size in MB's
            99jon MVP

             

            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

            • 3. Re: How do I reduce an image size in MB's
              jude309 Community Member

              No the inforation is just that an image needs to be less than 3MB.

               

              I am having trouble reducing the size withoutout loosing half the image.  Is there a standard size for internet images?

              • 4. Re: How do I reduce an image size in MB's
                99jon MVP

                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.

                 

                 

                • 5. Re: How do I reduce an image size in MB's
                  hatstead MVP

                  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

                  • 6. Re: How do I reduce an image size in MB's
                    jude309 Community Member

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

                    • 7. Re: How do I reduce an image size in MB's
                      Barbara B. ACP/MVPs

                      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.

                      • 8. Re: How do I reduce an image size in MB's
                        jude309 Community Member

                        Thanks again Barbara, as usual you clarify things so well.  I have managed to reduce the size  to 1250x833 which gives me 705 KB   but I have a real problem understanding the sizing of images.  Does this sound like a reasonable size to send into an online photo competetion?  Is there an easy way of understanding image sizes and what is suitable for what?

                        • 9. Re: How do I reduce an image size in MB's
                          photodrawken Community Member

                          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

                          • 10. Re: How do I reduce an image size in MB's
                            hatstead MVP

                            http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1ArC3g8nuR3RH2XiuKm1Y2ohKJHaI

                             

                            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.