How To Downsize Photos Using Photoshop (Elements and above)

Once you have finished making all the adjustments to your image that you normally make (cropping, adjusting colors, levels, curves, saturation, etc.), you are ready for the last step of resizing your photo for the competition. The requirement: reduce the pixel dimensions so you image will fit within a rectangle with the longest side (horizontal or vertical) equal to 2000 pixels. 

How to downsize photos using Photoshop (Elements, CS, CC)

1. From the task bar at the top of the Photoshop screen, click on Image and then on Image Size in the dropdown menu. 

2. In the Image Size dialog box, change the dimensions of the longest side of your image (width or height) to 2000 pixels. (Make sure the chain link symbol next to Width and Height is clicked on.)

3. Check the Resample box and leave the setting on Automatic. 

4. Click OK and you’re done resizing your image.

5. Go to File, click on “Save As,” and save your resized image as a JPEG file, at maximum quality and with a new name.


How to downsize photos using Lightroom

1.     Open the image in the Library module and click on Export.

2.     In the Export dialog box, under Export Location, choose the folder you’d like the resized image to be exported to.

3.     Scroll down to File Settings and set the image format to JPEG and the color space to sRGB. Quality should be set at 100.

4.     Under Image Sizing, check Resize to Fit and choose Long Edge from the dropdown list. Set pixels to 2000. (Ignore the Resolution box, since it’s irrelevant unless you’re printing.)

5.     Click on the Export button to send the resized image to the folder chosen in step 2.