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How can I tell it's a low res photo?

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cakedup Mon 25-Apr-16 14:25:41

I am applying for a job who have asked for a low resolution photograph of myself.

First of all...why would anyone want low res? Doesn't that just mean it's not very good quality??

Second of all, how do I know it's low res? I just have photos stored in the usual way on my computer.

kinkytoes Mon 25-Apr-16 14:29:13

It'll be a small file size, they probably want you to email it and not risk clogging up their system.

Twitterqueen Mon 25-Apr-16 14:29:15

Low res because otherwise files can be huge in terms of MB, which clogs up mailboxes. Also, some companies have a limit and are unable to accept files over and above a certain size. So they're asking for low res to be sure that your photo will get to them.

Open the photo in Paint. If you can't see it all on screen, reduce it by 50% or similar. Save it as a jpeg. Look at the file in your directory. How big is it? if over 1MB, reduce size again. If you're inserting it into a Word doc, click on pic, then pic tools in top bar, and you will have the choice to delete white space and save as email resolution, which is very low res.

kinkytoes Mon 25-Apr-16 14:30:03

You can easily resize in a programme like Paint if you need to.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Mon 25-Apr-16 14:30:28

low res will be so it sends easily over their systems....hi res photos take up space and take forever to download

they just want the computer equivalent of a passport photo.

and there's plenty of software online to simplify a pic...I had to do it to get a rail card to accept a photo I was trying to submit online.

Twitterqueen Mon 25-Apr-16 14:30:31

Alternatively, since I'm not convinced that people should request a photo before interviewing, find a clip art of either Miss Piggy or some beautiful model - and use that instead!

RoganJosh Mon 25-Apr-16 14:32:39

If I try and send a photo by email it goes me options to send it as low, med, high res or full size. If yours does that then you could just select low res when it asks?

RoganJosh Mon 25-Apr-16 14:32:52


cakedup Mon 25-Apr-16 14:33:15

Ah great, thanks all. So it should be under 1MB to be considered low res.

Twitterqueen grin yes, normally I would agree, but this is for a performance art piece and they want a wide range of people taking part!

cakedup Mon 25-Apr-16 14:45:56

Hotmail doesn't seem to give me that option *RoganJosh".

I don't have paint, but I do have Piacasa, which I think is similar.

Bear with me, I really am a little challenged when it comes to stuff like this.

So I've chosen a photo and cropped it to cut out the background. When I try to export the photo (to save onto my computer) it asks me whether I want to 'use original size', or 'resize to...' and then I can change the pixel from 800 to lower or higher. What should I do?

There is also another option, 'Image Quality' and 'Automatic' is the default. But I can change it to: Normal, Maximum, Minimum, and Custom (85). Not sure if I should alter this too?

cakedup Mon 25-Apr-16 17:02:17

Anyone? chocolate

akkakk Mon 25-Apr-16 17:22:56

resolution for photos only exists when you print - other than that you should only think of photos in terms of the number of pixels they have... So 900 pixels by 900 pixels would print at 3" x 3" at 300dpi or at 9" x 9" at 100dpi - i.e. it is when printing that resolution makes a difference... (resolution being the dpi)

image quality is usually to do with compression and keeps the pixel dimensions but compresses to keep file size down...

I would select for example 1200 pixels (by whatever the other value is and then choose aroun 60-80% quality - have a look at the image before sending, if the quality looks grainy / bitty, try a higher number

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