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Editing my pictures so I can start a folder here

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1. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

I have a Sony Digi. I've got most of the images already on my computer and want to start a folder here. I can't figure out how to rescale or somehow change the properties for the images so as I can upload them into TP.

Example - one of the pictures
Dimensions : 2560 x 1920
JPG file
size : 2.06 MB

TP only allows pictures to be 50 kb, I think?
Any Ideas

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I was told to try Google's Picassa, and that worked for me (I have a whole 3 pictures in my profile!). The software is free and made it very, very easy for a novice like me to touch up my pics and make them TP-able (i.e. much less 'heavy').

3. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

Tway,
Alright now I have Picasa but ... HELP, what do I do now? I also haev Adobe Photoshop 3.0. Just can't figure out how to change the dimensions or the size of the file. I hope I can keep the quality of some pretty cool shots that I have.

LT

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 11y

Quoting IronChef

I also haev Adobe Photoshop 3.0. Just can't figure out how to change the dimensions or the size of the file.

I'll assume you have Photoshop Elements 3.0 rather than the real old Photoshop 3.0.

Open the image you want to resize there. Go to Image -> Resize -> Image Size. Lots of scary boxes in that dialog. The only one you'll want to worry about are the top-left two, width and height. They'll show 2560 and 1920. Change 2560 to 450. The 1920 should automatically change to 338. (If not, do that manually and ask me how to get it to happen automatically in the future.)
Now, this should be the default, but just in case, check that the very last dropdown box in that dialog - "resample image" says "bicubic". If it doesn't, change it to it. (It might also possible have the options "bicubic softer" and "bicubic sharper" - in that case you'll want sharper.) Also make certain that the checkbox in front of it is ticked.

Press OK, and you'll have a resized image. Save it (under a different name! you don't want to overwrite the old image! - in fact, start by copying the image and work off that copy), and it should also immediately fall under the 50kb limit. (If it doesn't, you'll want to change the "compression" - but ask me how to do that later if you can't figure that out - shouldn't be necessary though.)

Now, if you have a really fast internet connection, 'Real Soon Now' we will change things so that you will be able to just upload the original 2MB large image to Travellerspoint and have us automatically resize it for you. Usually you wouldn't want to do that, as the upload can take 10-15 minutes on an average connection, but just thought I'd mention that this will become possible at some point. So if you still have problems getting this to work, just wait a few weeks and it'll happen automatically. :)

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Sander

Quoting IronChef

I also haev Adobe Photoshop 3.0. Just can't figure out how to change the dimensions or the size of the file.

I'll assume you have Photoshop Elements 3.0

I have Photoshop Elements 2.0 (can I use 2.0 to do what you described?). Is there any real reasom to upgrade tp 3.0? I also have Photoshop 6.0 (but never took the time to learn how to use it).

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 11y

The procedure should be virtually identical in both Photoshop 6.0 (although the image size dialog there is located right under image, not in a resize submenu) and photoshop elements 2.0 (I assume - I have no experience with elements, so had to work from screenshots on tutorial sites).

Now, one thing that happens if you resize images from that large to that small, is that they grow ever so slightly blurry, simply due to the resizing. A very good way to fix this is to, after the resizing, apply a slight "unsharp mask". These instructions are for Photoshop 7.0, but I think there's a decent chance that 6.0 and Elements work the same:
Filter -> Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask
Amount: 60%
Radius: 0.5 pixels
Threshold: 2 levels

(People who know what they're doing: There are better ways to sharpen images of course, but this is the generally easiest way that I know of to get good quality results, with values that should be good for most kinds of point and shoot digital cameras.)

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting IronChef

Alright now I have Picasa but ... HELP, what do I do now? I also haev Adobe Photoshop 3.0. Just can't figure out how to change the dimensions or the size of the file. I hope I can keep the quality of some pretty cool shots that I have.

If you go into "Export", you'll see an option that allows you to re-size your photo. That's what I've used for my incredibly huge collection here - although Sander has given some really great tips below that might help you even more!

8. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

Well, here we go. I do have Photoelements, by the way, good call. Should have told you. I don't have too many pictures, yet, just got the camera last year and haven't done too much travelin' and such yet. But now that I'm startin' to figure it out!, should be fun.
Thanks

9. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

For those of you without Adobe products or have a HUGE number of photos to resize, try a small, freeware program called "Oscar's JPEG Thumb-Maker" to batch resize your images (Google and download it from the web). My process consists of:

1) Looking, selecting and copying all the images I want to upload into one input directory.

2) Create another directory for the resized photos. The originals are not touched and remain in the input directory.

3) Starting Oscar's and selecting the input and output directories. Next I select the "fit inside" option and set a "640 x 640" maximum size for resizing using the "Bi-Cubic" method (note the program will keep the aspect ratio resizing either the width or height to 640pixels).

4) Click the START button.

5) Going for coffee, bathroom break, watering the plants, grabbing a sandwich, or other activity.

6) Coming back in a few minutes and uploading all my images to the web. You might need to play with "quality" setting and batch resize the photos a few times to get the filesize below 50kb. 50kb isn't much so this might take a few tries.

If you want museum quality artwork, stick to the photoshop methods as described by others. But let's be honest, there's a time and place for doing great art, and then there's a time and place for easiest way to get acceptable images for uploading of snapshots. Hope this helps.