How to size your photo for competitions:
These notes are supplied only as basic guidance to anyone who wishes to enter our competitions and may require some assistance. There are several different ways to do everything in photoshop, and several different image-editing programs to use too.
Using Photoshop & Elements
Remember if you have done work in layers in photoshop you should ‘flatten’ the image before resizing – LAYER > FLATTEN
Set your colour space to sRGB before you resize your image (see here).
a) FILE > OPEN
and ‘left mouse-click’ on ‘your chosen file’ and click ‘OPEN’
b) IMAGE > MODE > RGB Color & 8 BITS
(In Elements – if you are not prompted on opening, convert to 8 bits)
c) IMAGE > IMAGE SIZE
(In Elements – IMAGE > RESIZE > IMAGE SIZE)
and tick all three boxes – ‘Scale Styles’, ‘Constrain Proportions’ and ‘Resample
Image’ and choose one of the ‘Bicubic’ options (if you are not sure then just select
(note – older versions of Photoshop only have two boxes, tick both of these and carry on as above)
d) still in the image size palette; you require to set the PIXEL DIMENSIONS –
If a ‘landscape’ (horizontal) image
in ‘Pixel Dimesions’ > Width > type ‘1600’
(the height will be automatically filled in)
If a ‘portrait’ (vertical) image
in ‘Pixel Dimesions’ > Height > type ‘1200’
(the width will be automatically filled in)
and left mouse click ‘OK’
e) you are now ready to save;
FILE > SAVE AS
f) type in your ‘filename’ (see the relevant SPF COMPETITIONS Rules for more details),
select ‘tiff’ or ‘jpeg’ from the ‘format’ drop down list
when the next box comes up select ‘Image Compression’ option ‘NONE’ and ‘OK’
Once you have converted and saved all the images you wish to submit, you are ready to exit photoshop and create your CD-R.
Information taken from the Scottish Photographic Federation website.