Can I Resize Pixel Width & Height And Retain 300 DPI?

Dell / Inspiron one 2320
March 21, 2015 at 07:56:05
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, 3.3 GHz / 4001 MB
Update: Feel free to read this post, but I found out that Windows Live Photo Gallery will allow me to resize the photos to 600 x 480 and retain the 300 dpi resolution.

Thanks anyway!

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My team went to a photo studio and had individual head shots as well as group photos taken. These images will be used for a team brochure and website, both of which are created by our firm's marketing department. The photo studio gave me a CD with the images.

The Individual images (head shots) have the following properties, when viewed via Right-Click...Properties...Details:

Width:                       2400 pixels
Height:                      3000 pixels
Horizontal Resolution:       300 dpi
Video Resolution:            300 dpi
Bit Depth:                   24

The group photos have the same properties except that the Width and Height are swapped. Basically portrait vs. landscape.

The wording on the instructions we were given for submitting the photos to our marketing department state that they should have the following properties:

High Resolution              300 dpi
Individual photos:           600 pixels wide x 400 pixels high
Group photos:                2100 pixels wide x 1500 pixels high (landscape)
                             1500 pixels wide x  2100 pixels high (portrait)

I imported the images to my computer via Picasa 3 and the imported images retained the same properties, including the 300 dpi resolution.

However, when I tried to use Picasa 3's Export feature to resize the images, I am able to get the head shots down to 600 x 480 (which I think will be OK) but the resolution drops to 96 dpi. For the group images, I can get to 2100 x 1680, but once again, the dpi drops to 96.

Is there any way for me to retain the 300 dpi resolution while reducing the width and height?

Thank you for any suggestions you have to offer.

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March 21, 2015 at 14:53:36
These two might make some interesting reading:

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March 22, 2015 at 10:29:53

I'll forward those links to our marketing department and see what they say. ;-)

I don't know where you work, but I've just about always worked for huge corporate entities. I've learned over the years that some battles aren't worth fighting. If Marketing wants to specify both dpi and height/width in pixels - and I have the ability to meet those specs in case they check the properties of the images - it's a whole lot easier for me to just do it. If their requirements were simply ridiculous or physically unattainable, I would certainly push back.

Thanks though, it was interesting reading.

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March 22, 2015 at 10:50:52
"some battles aren't worth fighting"

That sits comfortably with the second link. The saying goes, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em".

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March 23, 2015 at 11:23:12
re: "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em".

Sometimes they even make that difficult.

Now, I don't want to go off on a rant here...

Let's start by noting that our firm recommends using a specific nationwide portrait studio chain, which we did. Why the recommended studio doesn't provide us with images that will work in our system is beyond me. If the recommended studio won't provide what our firm requires, then our firm should accept what the recommended studio provides. We are not photographic editors and should not be expected to figure out how to resize images to meet the firm's requirements.

Ok, so I figured out to resize the images as best I could and they were uploaded through our on-line marketing system this morning.

There were 6 individual images, all of them reduced to 480w x 600h, while retaining the 300 dpi resolution. The paperwork said they wanted 600w x 400h. Who uses landscape mode for upper body shots?

3 of the images were accepted, 3 were rejected because they weren't 2" wide as requested. Nobody requested 2" wide images. The paperwork specifically says "600 pixels wide by 400 pixels high". These rejections were "system generated" so we're now trying to find a human to discuss the issue with.

There was one group image. It had been resized down to 2100w x 1680h. They wanted 2100w x 1500h. The message we got back was that it was being sent to a 3rd party to be resized for use by our marketing department.

So why were 3 of 6 individual images (all of which were the same size) rejected by the system while the group image is being sent to be "fixed"?


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March 25, 2015 at 18:35:16

We got in touch with a human in Marketing. This human, while trusting us regarding what we said about all of the images being the same size, asked politely if she could remotely log in to my system and look at the image files that we had uploaded. Trust, but verify. I get that. We politely agreed.

After verifying that we had indeed uploaded 6 image files that were exactly the same size, she was as baffled as we were as to why the system rejected 3 of the 6 images.

We couldn't beat 'em, so we tried to join 'em, but they just beat us back down.

We are now awaiting further investigation on their end.

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March 25, 2015 at 18:40:37
Reminds me of the old saying:
"You can take a horse to water but you can't make it drink".

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March 26, 2015 at 06:37:51
We gave them exactly what they needed, but they won't use it.

I guess horses are smarter than marketing people. ;-)

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March 26, 2015 at 08:03:36
"I guess horses are smarter than marketing people"
Without a shadow of a doubt. Liked the pic.

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