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Resizing

Postby sjf » Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:34 am

Still a novice and still reading Steve's book. When I resize batch of pics to 1000 x 750, some become squeezed and some become stretched, and some come out fine. So am wondering if the original aspect of pic makes a difference: for instance, if original pic is horizontal, I would resize to 1000 x 750, but if original pic is vertical, I would resize to 750 x 1000?
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Re: Resizing

Postby Steve Grisetti » Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:33 pm

Sorry if I wasn't clear. And I also revised that number to 2500x1875 to accommodate high-def video.

That said, what I should have said is that you'll get the best performance if you resize your photos to a maximum of 2500 pixels wide and 1875 pixels high. The point isn't to resize and reshape the photo. It's to simply keep it to a size that's not excessive.

You don't say how you're resizing your photos -- whether you're using the batch resizer or your resizing them individually. But in either event, just worry about one dimension. For instance, set the width to 2500 pixels and make sure that the option to Constrain Proportions is set. The program will resize the photo and constrain proportions will make sure it is not distorted in the process.

Your photos won't all be the same size, but that's okay. The point is to just optimize the size somewhat.
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Re: Resizing

Postby sjf » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:32 am

Thank you so much for your response, Steve. Following your suggestions above, when I put in 2500 pixels for width, the constraining put the height at 3333 pixels (outside your guidelines of 2500 x 1875?) I did not crop this photo, and looks good in PRE15 though I had to check "scale to frame size" to view entire photo - which of course left HUGE black bars on either side of pic.
When I tried to crop this vertical cell phone pic to 16x9 as first move, I lost most of image as you have suggested previously. I couldn't figure out how to crop to specific pixels (I was able to input data in crop tool option but nothing happened), but would that change anything?
I have since read the very many previous posts on this vexing issue, and will take your advice to take pics horizontally whenever possible - unfortunately, have many vertical pics already.
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Re: Resizing

Postby Steve Grisetti » Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:16 pm

That size is fine. You don't have to get it exactly.

I'm not sure what to do about the black bars on either side of your photo, however. Your photo is tall and narrow and your video frame is wide. You can either have black bars show on either side or you can zoom into the photo and lose some of the top and/or bottom. If it were me, I'd leave the black bars.
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Re: Resizing

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:12 am

...or if you don't like leaving the black bars put a background (out of focus if that works better) on the track below the still image.
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Re: Resizing

Postby Steve Grisetti » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:10 am

Like this:

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Re: Resizing

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:16 am

I can empathise with your heartfelt plea for horizontal video, Steve.

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