Resizing Electronic Images

Resizing Electronic Images2017-08-20T13:07:08+00:00

In Photoshop CS and Elements – for Submission to the Caveman Camera Club

Video tutorials on resizing:     Using Elements      Using Lightroom

            After you’re finished with any post processing (photoshopping) of your image, go to File and down to Save As and save it under the name you wish, but not the exact name it started as, and probably as a TIFF (tif)(with no compression) or PSD format.  Just don’t hit Save and save it over your original.  If you have earlier versions of Photoshop, these directions should be mostly accurate but there may be some minor variation.

1)       Make a copy of your saved file and do all the resizing from the copy.  Do this by going to Image, down to Duplicate.  Hit OK with the name that now includes “copy.”  Use this file to resize.  In step 14 below, you will rename it.

2)       If you have used any layers, go to Layer, drop down to Flatten Image and click it.

3)       Then go to Image, drop down to Mode and over to click on 8 bit if you’re in 16 bit (it may be grayed out or may already have it checked if you’re already in 8 bit, so don’t worry).  If you don’t use layers and don’t have 16 bit capability, ignore steps 2 & 3.

4)       Go back to Image, down to Resize, then over to Image Size.  Click on it.

5)       At the bottom, be sure Bicubic sharper is in the box.  If not, click on the box and click on Bicubic sharper.

6)       Be sure all three boxes near the bottom are checkedScale Styles, Constrain Proportions, and Resample Image.

7)       Ignore the resolution box. That is for printing. You can put any number in the box. It will not affect your electronic image.

8)       Skip Document Size.

9)       Go up to Pixel DimensionsIf your picture is a horizontal (called “landscape” orientation), go first to Width.  In Width, type 1024.  The height should be no more than 1024. If it is, reduce the 1024 to a smaller number to make height no more than 1024.

10)     If you have a vertical picture (called a “portrait” orientation), go first to Height.  Enter 1024 in Height.   The image should never be more than 1024 pixels high and  no more than 1024 pixels wide.

11)     Click OK.

12)     Now go back up to File and down to Save As.

13)     At the top, be sure you are in the Folder that you want to save it in.

14)     In the middle, go to Format and click on JPEG (or jpg).

15)     Then go to File Name and enter as directed in the website.  For example:  YourName_CAVE_PictureName.jpg . Example: NedBooth_CAVE_PrettyFlower.jpg

16)     Hit Save. Make sure you are saving as sRGB. If not, cancel out of saving. Go to Edit-Convert to Profile. Under Destination Profile select working RGB – sRGB IECG61966-2.1. Then go back to step 12.

17)     The screen will then go to another box of JPEG Options.  Enter Quality 12 to start. If the image is more than 1Mb reduce the quality # until it saves just below 1Mb. Make sure the preview box is checked in order to see the file size.

18)     Under Format Options, check Baseline (“Standard”).

19)  Click OK


When finished, send the image to the Electronic Image Coordinator as directed on the website, including instructions about which category the image is to be in (Assigned or Open).  The official guidelines is at, Articles-Documents-Processing Electronic Images.