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    Default Increasing file size

    Are there any ways to increase file size of a picture? I'm using a Jpeg. Does PS allows you to increase resolution or file size. I would like to submit a few photos through an online competition, but it requires a 1mb per photo.

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    Its already jpg and compressed so if you try to re-save it agian it will only degrade the quality further...
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    I think the 1mb is the maximum limit you can send in.
    Haven't heard of anyone who refuses lower file size, all other factors (e.g. resolution) constant.

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    Default Re: Increasing file size

    if the original is already jpg, you increase the file size by re-save it at the lowest compression will on increase the file size, but no gain on the quality, re-save a jpg will only degrade the image quality.

    and if you increase the resolution by interpolate it, will not add any details in it, only prevent it from pixelation.
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    Usually there appears to be no limit on actual file size. But some competitions specify a minimum native resolution for all entries (eg. minimum 6 MP image, without interpolation). Do read carefully to determine if there is indeed a minimum file size required for the competition. And if so, whether the entry must be at it's native resolution (ie. not interpolated).

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    I see. Thanks for the clarification. I was thinking of interpolating to increase the file size though.

    I'll check with them if there are any possibility of sending a lower file size image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryuggen View Post
    I see. Thanks for the clarification. I was thinking of interpolating to increase the file size though.

    I'll check with them if there are any possibility of sending a lower file size image.
    of course interpolating do increase the file size.

    re-save it also able to increase the file size,

    but don't you think is sound little like cheating? submit a low res pix to pass as high res pix?
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    but don't you think is sound little like cheating? submit a low res pix to pass as high res pix?
    Perhaps so. I think the main reason why the limit was imposed is to help the organizer weed out all the P&S entries. For 'cleaner' or less-detailed pictures, it's not difficult to get files under a MB. I suspect that mobile phone/ PDA camera photos will be the same.

    That's unfortunate however. I've always disagreed with minimum picture resolution (and in this case, file size) limits. Even if a photo came from a P&S, doesn't it deserve a chance if it has obvious qualities?

    To put an example in...the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition...the picture must have a minimum of 6 MP native resolution. If someone has a stunning image taken with a 1D classic, or a Nikon D1X, it wouldn't even be accepted. So, isn't the photographer forced to upgrade if he/ she wants to participate? That's the wrong attitude. The megapixel counting has got to stop.

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