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Old 11-12-2016, 16:56   #1 (permalink)
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Which is the best way to resize photos to the required 600Kb. I currently use raw and as a result my files are very much larger. I use Elements 14 for editing. Your help would be appreciated.
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Welcome to Pixalo Pat

There is no one way to re-size. Everyone will have their own way.

I use two methods depending on what the images are going to be used for.

1) Where I will do some editing in Photoshop I Use Lightroom to import my RAW files and do the initial processing. I then export as a 16 bit tiff. These tiffs are typically 206 MB. After editing I convert to 8 bit tiff for storage and from there save the web jpgs of the ones needed for web/computer display.

2) Where there will be no editing after Lightroom and the images will only be for web/computer display (for instance myGrandson's football matches)I export as jpgs from Lightroom sized to use anywhere on the web including pixalo. In the event that a picture will be printed, I go back to Lightroom, export a 16 bit tiff, edit it then save as a file that will be suitable for printing.

In Elements after converting the RAW file in ACR I'm pretty sure you can open in Elements for further editing if needed. If you want to resize an image from a folder, open it into Elements. Whatever way you got the image into Elements, from here it is the same. You can save as whatever file type and size you want. For web/computer use I suggest you go to image>resize. Ensure that the pixel dimensions at the top of the dialogue box is set to pixels then change the resolution near the bottom to 72 then the longest side in the pixel dimensions at the top to 1024 if it is a landscape format or 600 for portrait format.

Hit OK then go to file>save as. In this dialogue box on the left hand side you can navigate to the folder you want to save the image in or create a new folder. In the bottom half of the the dialogue box there are 2 lines. The top one is the file name and the bottom one is the file type. Click on the arrow in the lower line and select jpg from the drop-down (if jpg is not already showing here).

Note that if you are saving the same folder that the image is in already and you are saving the same file type the original file will be overwritten (a warning will pop up). I recommend that you either save into a different folder to the original, or create a sub folder in the original folder for edits/web sized images/whatever. That way your originals will not be overwritten and can be called on again if needed.
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that's interesting - You convert down to 8 bit for storage? I never know if I'm done editing a file so I leave them 16 bit. yeah it eats space but you can't ever get it back..


Myself, I tell Lightroom to manage exporting for pixalo. I have a preset made up with a size and jpeg setting that will come in under the limit.
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Pat, the most simple way [For me anyhow, as I am simple ] is to edit and save the image any way you want. Make a new folder call it " For e-mail " and in elements go to File> Save for web. A panel will open up change the size to 800 on the longest side the narrow side should change automatically to match set the quality to JPEG quality 6. Click save into new folder close image but don't click save changes. Job done.
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Thanks for your help
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that's interesting - You convert down to 8 bit for storage? I never know if I'm done editing a file so I leave them 16 bit. yeah it eats space but you can't ever get it back...
I rarely re-visit images for re-editing, but if I do want to I can either edit the 8 bit tiff, or go back to Lightroom and export a new 16 bit tiff.

I did contemplate ditching the tiffs altogether once I've got the the jpgs leaving the RAWs with Lightroom changes and just the jpgs, but as yet have not crossed this bridge.
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I am very particular what I keep i.e. if I have several variations of the same shot I will only keep one or two of the best the rest I delete. What's the point of keeping them when I have better. I keep the original RAW file and keep the converted as a 16 bit TiIFF. This takes up space but I am not putting a lot into storage. I keep the best RAW files as you never know when you might want to go back i.e. when I changed from Lightroom to DXO I was able to return to the RAW's and make considerable processing improvements to the image's.
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I have also taken the view that once I have completed editing in 16 bits, I may as well convert to 8 bits for final storage the printer only needs 8 bits. I do have a few exceptions which are usually multi-layered images and it has been hard to make a final decision. For these I store as 16 bit multi-layered PSD files just in case I may wish to re-edit. However, I should emphasise this is probably no more than 1% of my final images as I usually make a clear decision and rarely re-visit old images. Of course, I always retain the original Raw file. As far as similar images such as different views taken at the same shoot, I am very strict and delete the unwanted almost as soon as I upload them. I also temporary back up all of the uploaded Raw files for 3 months or so but have never yet needed to search for a deleted file. Like Colin, once I choose the best of the group, I have no need of the others.

Resizing is not particularly very user friendly from Elements but both Lightroom and PS have easy to use features to create images for different outputs. Personally I use Export in LR to create images for projection as and when needed but I do not store these JPEG files as I can create more from the original Tiff when needed.
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As you are using Element 14 then think link can help you on resizing the image https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-el.../resizing.html
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