How to Resize Images for Photo Contests

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November 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm  •  Posted in Photo Life Extra Content, Tips & Techniques by  •  0 Comments

With the deadline of our annual photo contest soon approaching, we’ve been receiving a lot of questions about to how to resize images to 1200 pixels wide, while making sure the file is below 1 MB. We figured we would share this step-by-step process here, since a number of you might have the same question. In this example, the resizing procedure was done using Photoshop CS3, but most image-editing software offer a similarly working interface and functions. Just make sure to keep a copy of your original file on your computer before you start! As far as The World We Live In goes, this resized file is needed only for the judging process; a high-resolution file will be requested should your image be selected for publication.

 

Step 1

Go to Image Size. Make sure that all the boxes are checked at the bottom of the window. Verify that the “pixels” option is selected in the drop-down menus, and enter the appropriate number of pixels for either the width or the height (the other parameter will automatically adapt proportionally).
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Step 2

Save your image as a JPEG file.

 

Step 3

When saving your image as a JPEG, a new window will appear with image quality options. If at 1200 pixels wide your image is still larger than 1 MB, you can choose a lower quality setting to reduce the size of your file, without affecting the display format of 1200 pixels.
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And that’s it! Now you can’t use this as a reason not enter our photo contest! With your nice 1-MB image, you can now head over to www.photolife.com/twwli and complete your submission!

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