• Global community
    • Language:
      • Deutsch
      • English
      • Español
      • Français
      • Português
  • 日本語コミュニティ
    Dedicated community for Japanese speakers
  • 한국 커뮤니티
    Dedicated community for Korean speakers
Exit
0

How do I downsize a photo in Lightroom 2023 without losing too much quality?

New Here ,
May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi there,

I am trying to post my professional photographs onto a website (for an art award submission), but you can only upload a maximum file size of 5MB onto this website.

I have tried to understand how to resize my images (with losing the least possible amount of quality) from YouTube videos, but they all seem to deal with Lightroom Classic (I have the newest version of Lightroom, not Lightroom Classic). So when I go to 'Export', all of the settings that Lightroom Classic seems to have, don't pop up - instead I get these features (as you can see in the image), which I do not know how to navigate to the highest possible quality whilst being maximum 5MB.

Please help!

 

Thank you so much.
Pipi

 

TOPICS
Windows

Views

2.1K

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Community Expert ,
May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

In your Custom Resize with 1024 pixels you are bound to get a file under 1MB. (My test with an original 6000x4000px file using your exported settings creates a file 412KB)

Try varying your options-  You probably want a larger pixel dimension- even full-size, and at 80% quality the JPG should be sufficient quality. (My test with a 6000x4000px file using 'Full-size' and 80% creates a file 4.2MB).

So 'Trial & Error' is your workflow!

 

Regards. My System: Lightroom-Classic 13.2 Photoshop 25.5, ACR 16.2, Lightroom 7.2, Lr-iOS 9.0.1, Bridge 14.0.2, Windows-11.

Votes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Community Expert ,
May 11, 2023 May 11, 2023

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

The answer is right there in the Export dialog box. You will find a file size preview at the bottom, similar to what Photoshop export dialog boxes have. But Adobe did it with that low contrast text color that is very difficult to read, so it’s easy to miss.

 

As you change settings, the File Size estimate changes, so that you can get it right the first time. Like your example, mine is set to JPG at 80% quality, and it reports an estimated export file size of 96 KB, well below the 5MB limit. 96 KB equals just 0.096 MB, so if you thought it was too high before, make sure you were not confusing kilobytes (1000 bytes) and megabytes (1,000,000 bytes).

 

Lightroom-Export-file-size-preview.jpg

 

5 MB is actually very generous for a JPEG file. To exceed 5 MB, a JPEG file needs to have rather large pixel dimensions, and be set to a high Quality value. A lot like Rob’s example. It would have to be something like a photo from a high megapixel camera that was not downsampled.

 

Because the file size of a 1024 px JPG image can be as low as the 96 KB as in my example, make sure your Long Side value meets the requirements of the competition. For example, your screen shot shows 1024 pixels but I just looked at the requirements for a competition website I have used, and it requires a minimum of 1200 pixels on the long side.

 

You also said you were concerned about maintaining quality. Notice that as you change the settings like pixel dimensions and Quality, the visual preview on the left changes. So you can always preview if visual quality is good enough at the current settings. Differences might be easier to see if you zoom in. That 80% Quality setting we keep repeating is important because it’s a good balance between low file size and high quality. As you raise it above 80% to 100%, the quality improvement is hard to see, but the file size increases a lot more than below 80% so if the file size estimate is too high, the first thing to do is drop Quality to around 70–80%.

 

And by the way…this ability to preview export file size and visual image quality is something Lightroom has that is not in Lightroom Classic!

Votes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Enthusiast ,
May 11, 2023 May 11, 2023

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

@Conrad C 

 

Nice tip on the file size. I never noticed that. And that looks like the engine/prop of a King Air, which TP is that?

 

Tim

Votes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Community Expert ,
May 11, 2023 May 11, 2023

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hey Tim, I had to go look it up because it was from a Horizon Air flight 12 years ago. Turns out I still have the airline itinerary/receipt on the computer, and it says the planned equipment was a De Havilland Canada Dash 8. At the time I didn’t pay attention to whether that’s what I actually boarded, so that’s my best guess!

 

(I did build lots of plastic model airplane kits as a kid)

Votes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Enthusiast ,
May 11, 2023 May 11, 2023

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

LATEST

Very cool. I always wanted to fly on a Dash 8. The King Air is one of the most produced turbo prop twins out there, that is why I guessed it.

I am a private pilot (for fun, IT is my day job), so I am always interested in airplanes..... Much to my wife's chagrin. 

 

Tim

Votes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines