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Save for Web Resampling/Resizing:

Make It Smaller

Note #1

This tutorial is about making a large photograph file smaller.

If you want to do the opposite, go to Camera Phone Resampling/Resizing: Make It Bigger.

Note #2

There's more about resampling, resizing, here.

Larger to Smaller


If you have a large file, it may not be usable in two situations.

Situation #1 - E-mail

If your e-mail client doesn't make large photograph files smaller, you need this tutorial.

A large file may cause the e-mail's recipient to complain about how long it took to download.

Situation #2 - Web Page

If you're adding a photograph to a web page, and your web-design program doesn't make a large file smaller, read on.

A large file may take a long time to be displayed on a web page.

Make a Duplicate

We'll reduce the size of a duplicate.

1) Double click on the thumbnail in the Photo Bin of the photograph that needs to be enlarged.

2) Go to File > Duplicate.

3) Click OK.

You've made a duplicate of your too-large photograph file.

File > Save for Web

Go to File > Save for Web.

Even if you're not using the photograph on a web page, you can resize it with the Save for Web window.


You can compare the change in quality.

The original photograph is on the left—the changed photograph is on the right.

You can see the file size at the bottom of each image.


Compare the Original with the Resized


You can use the Zoom tool in the upper-left corner.

Click, hold, and drag on the images, to use the Hand tool.


Hand Tool & Zoom Tool

Resize Two Ways

There are two ways to resize.

The first method reduces the size of the file— the number of KBs or MBs.

For example, the 2 MB file is becomes a 500 KB file.

The second method reduces the dimensions of the file—x number pixels by y number of pixels.

For example, the 2000 px x 3000 px file becomes a 500 px x 750 px file.

Use the first method, the second, or both methods.


Way #1 - File Format Presets

Again, this method reduces the size of the file.

You can reduce the quality of your JPEG file.

Change the Preset box to JPEG Medium, for example.

Or, you can change the file format from JPEG to a different one, such as the GIF file format.

Check the quality by looking at the original photograph next to the changed photograph.

As mentioned, you can see the file size at the bottom of each image.



Way #2 - New Size

You can also change the pixel dimensions.


Change the Size

The dimensions are in pixels, even if you have the Photoshop Elements unit preference set to inches.

Pixels are used here because web designers use pixels.

For an e-mail, try a width of 400 pixels.

Constrain Proportions means that the aspect ratio of the photograph will be preserved.


If you wish, you can compare the original to the duplicate that was resized.

Double click on the thumbnails in the Photo Bin.

The two versions probably won't look different.

So, zoom in on the same small area in the original photograph and in the duplicate photograph.

Then, compare this smaller area in the two versions.


There's more about resampling, resizing, here.