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Old October 15th, 2008, 08:47 PM
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How to change photo to 2 mb

I have a series of photos to send to an online contest. All photos must be no larger than 2 mb. Is there a way to multiple process all photos to 2 mb?
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The JPEG dialog gives you an estimate of the size but is not always 100% accurate. A better way is to use Save for Web. The fly-out menu to the right of the Preset menu allows you to specify the file size.
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Old October 16th, 2008, 09:25 AM
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Thank you David. Can I do that as a batch, or must I do it to each individual photo?

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You may want to check out Irfanview (free). It has some very handy batch conversion tricks. Not sure about size conversion but it is almost a must have freebie anyway.
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The usual rules say under 2 Mb so there isn't anything to be gained by getting everything to 2 Mb. The way jpeg compression works is that at the same quality compression some pics will come out a lot smaller than others. An extreme example would be a pic of a pure blue sky - even a high quality jpeg isn't going to be a very big file - force it to be 2Mb and you run the risk of introducing artifacts. So I'd just save everything at the same jpeg quality level that brings the file size under 2Mb

Can't speak for the competition you're entering but I did judge one locally and we did it on-line, just viewing the pics on the computer display. So whether the pic was 2KB or 2Mb wouldn't have made any difference at all to the result! The only reason for requesting the higher size was so that the winners would have enough pixels for printing a reasonable sized print.

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When I did a "save for the web", and clicked on the fly-out, I chose 2 mbps (2 mb per second??). It seems all it changed was the resolution from 230 to 72. I don't know hardly anything about pictures size, px size etc., but it seems to me that the photo is still rather large - 2576 px on the longest side. Maybe I'm comparing apples to oranges.
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Did you take a close look at process multiple files menu in PSE6? If you put all the photos you want to convert in a folder, you have a lot of conditions you can set to change them size wise. You can't say give me a 2 MB output, but you can set the parameters so you get less than 2 MB.

Do they give a max pixel dimension for the entry?
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No pixel dimensions mentioned. I'm doing them individually with save for the web, and I'm about done. I had 12 to change, which is not a huge number, but I was thinking for in the future also.

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Did you take a close look at process multiple files menu in PSE6? If you put all the photos you want to convert in a folder, you have a lot of conditions you can set to change them size wise. You can't say give me a 2 MB output, but you can set the parameters so you get less than 2 MB.

Do they give a max pixel dimension for the entry?
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