Stroud Camera Club Young Photographer Competition 2017

HOW TO RESIZE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The maximum file size for this competition is 3MB. If your image size is greater than this then we suggest that you use one of the following methods to reduce the size.

In our Club Competitions, we use a projector which has a resolution of 1400 x 1050 pixels. We ask that digital images to be no wider than 1400 pixels and no taller than 1050 pixels. This also helps to keep images smaller than 3MB

When resizing for projection, you need to consider the image format:-
– for landscape format, change the Width to 1400;
– for portrait format, change the Height to 1050.
Be careful with square-crop or unusually-cropped images. Always check that the resulting Width AND Height are both within the limits. If changing one dimension leaves the other too large, simply go back and change the other dimension instead.
Always be sure to maximize one of the dimensions so it fills the screen as much as possible and resize with the aspect ratio preserved to avoid distortion.

After resizing, the image will usually look softer, so it is often necessary to apply a little sharpening.
Please also remember not to overwrite your original file – save this resized image under a new name. –

Below is a list of methods for resizing your images using popular photo editing software. You may also find that your camera came with its own editing software.

SOME GUIDANCE USING SPECIFIC PROGRAMMES

  • Open the image and choose “Image->Image Size” from the drop down menu
  • In the  pop-up window that has now appeared, make sure “Constrain Proportions” and “Resample Image” are both ticked and that “Bicubic Sharpener” is selected.
  • Under the “Pixel Dimensions” section at the top, you can now edit the values for Width or Height as required. Don’t worry about any of the numbers in the “Document Size” section.
  • Either change Width to 1400 or Height to 1050, as appropriate, and the other value will be automatically scaled in proportion.
  • Now click the “OK” button, sharpen if needed, and save the resized version with a new name.
  • Open the image and choose “Image->Resize->Image Size” from the menu which opens a pop-up window.
  • At the bottom, make sure “Constrain Proportions” and “Resample Image” are both ticked, also make sure that “Bicubic” is selectected
  • Under the “Pixel Dimensions” section at the top, you can now edit the values for Width or Height as required. Don’t worry about any of the numbers in the “Document Size” section – this is important when printing images but has no impact on Digital Images for projection or viewing on a screen.
  • Either change Width to 1400 or Height to 1050, as appropriate, and the other value will be automatically scaled in proportion.
  • Now click the “OK” button, sharpen if needed, and save the resized version with a new name.
  • Select your photo with a left-click, then choose “File->Export Picture to Folder” from the menu which brings up a pop-up window.
  • Note the “Export Location” which usually defaults to something like your “My PicturesPicasaExports” folder. Below is the suggested sub-folder to place your resized images in.
    Make sure “Resize to:” is selected.
  • Note that Picasa will adjust the larger dimension to the value you ask for rather than the width or height specifically.
  • For landscape format pictures, simply set the slider to 1400. If your picture is in portrait format, click in the box and type in 1050.
  • Ensure the “Add Watermark” box is not selected when producing competition entry images.
  • Press the “Export” button which should then produce a resized copy of your image and open a Windows Explorer at its location.
  • Open the image and choose “Image->Resize” from the menu which opens a pop-up window.
  • Ignore values in the “Print Size” section, and below in the “Pixel Dimensions” section, choose “Pixels” from the drop-down menu on the right as opposed to “Percent”.
  • You should now be able to click on and change the “New” values for either Width or Height with the other value automatically scaled so long as “Lock Aspect Ratio” is selected in the Advanced Options.
  • Now click the “OK” button, sharpen if needed, and save the resized version with a new name.

SOME MORE GUIDANCE USING SPECIFIC PROGRAMMES

  • Click Image on the Menu toolbar and scroll down the drop-down menu to Resize/Resample.
  • On the left-hand side of the box the current image size is shown at the top. Just below this check the Set new size and Pixels buttons. Further down, tick the Preserve aspect ratio box and set DPI to 300.
  • For a portrait image, type 1050 in the Height box. The Width box should show a figure less than 1400 (if not, it isn’t a portrait image!).
  • For a landscape image, start by typing 1400 in the Width box and check the figure in the Height box. If it’s 1050 or less, that’s it; if not, treat it as a portrait image, ie type 1050 in the Height box.
  • On the right-hand side of the box, click the Resample (better quality) button. This should also result in a sharper image. (If not, it would be best to undo the resizing, sharpen the original image a little, then resize.)
  • Click OK and your image will now have been re-sized to the pixel dimensions and resolution required for projection.
  • You now have to save it as a jpeg.
  • Click File on the Menu toolbar and scroll down to Save as.
  • In the JPEG/GIF save options box move the Save quality slider to the furthest right position. (Don’t worry about any of the other boxes.)
  • If you have followed the earlier advice you will have been working in some other format, but if not, remember to use a different file name so that you don’t overwrite your original.
    You can use the Windows Photo Gallery app in Windows 8.1 to resize the picture. If you don’t have Photo Gallery installed, download it as part of the Windows Essentials software bundle.
  • Press Windows-S to display the Search charm, type Photo Gallery into the search field and click the Photo Gallery app in the list of search results to launch it.
  • Click File and select Include Folder from the menu to add the folder that contains the image to list of folders. The Pictures Library Locations dialog displays.
  • Click the Add button to display the Include Folder in Pictures dialog, select the folder you want to include, and then click the Include button. Click OK to close the Pictures Library Locations dialog.
  • Select the folder that contains the picture from the folders in the left pane. Right-click the image and select Resize from the context menu to display the Resize dialog.
  • Select a predefined size from the Size drop-down box or provide the Maximum Dimensions.
    Photo Gallery resizes the longest side of the picture to the value in the Maximum Dimensions field and resizes the shorter side automatically to maintain the aspect ratio to avoid distorting the image.
    Click Resize and Save. A new picture is created in the same folder, so saving does not overwrite the original image.
  • Open Paint by clicking the Start button , clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Paint.
  • Click the Paint button , click Open, click the picture you want to resize, and then click Open.
  • On the Home tab, in the Image group, click Resize.
  • In the Resize and Skew dialog box, select the Maintain aspect ratio check box so that the resized picture will have the same aspect ratio as the original picture.
    If the Maintain aspect ratio check box is selected, you only need to enter the horizontal value (width) or vertical value (height). The other box in the Resize area is updated automatically.
  • Do one of the following in the Resize area, and then click OK:
    • To resize your picture by a certain percentage, click Percentage, and then enter a percentage to reduce the width by in the Horizontal box or a percentage to reduce the height by in the Vertical
    • To resize the picture so it’s a specific size, click Pixels, and then enter a new width in the Horizontal box or new height in the Vertical box.
  • Click the Paint button, point to Save as, and then click the picture file type for the resized image.
  • Type a new file name in the File name box, and then click Save.
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Resize-a-picture-using-Paint is a video demonstrating how to do this
The following is a list of sites that will resize your images online without the need to download any software to you computer

www.photosize.com

www.shrinkpictures.com

www.picresize.com

www.picmonkey.com

www.webresizer.com

A FEW HELPFUL VIDEOS ON RESIZING IMAGES

For Photoshop

For Photoshop Elements

For Lightroom

For Picasa

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