Resizing (downsizing) photos

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barneagle
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Resizing (downsizing) photos

Post by barneagle »

Is there an option to resize photos in the Catalog (so that they take less disc space)? The only resize option that I've found is in Export.
G8DHE
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Re: Resizing (downsizing) photos

Post by G8DHE »

Under Batch operations you can change the Canvas size or Resize of the images themselves and store them as required.
If you mean the previews that are stored the the size can be changed in the Preferences under the Catalog options.
Geoff Mather (G8DHE)
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Re: Resizing (downsizing) photos

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Are you sure that you want to downsize your original photos? Diskspace is fairly cheap these days and replacing a drive with a bigger one is something to consider.

If you look to reduce the size of the thumbnails Catalog then you could consider using a smaller Preview size in the Preferences. 1440px is the default.
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barneagle
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Re: Resizing (downsizing) photos

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Thanks for your replies.

Thumbnail/preview space is not a problem.

I'm fairly sure I want to downsize the photos that are in the Catalog. I've had a quick look at the price of laptops with discs > 1TB and I don't think I can justify spending that much. (Screen-sized copies are adequate for most of my purposes, and I have full-size originals in duplicate backups on external drives, and more recent ones in the cloud.)

Where in the Help files can I find out about Batch operations?
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Re: Resizing (downsizing) photos

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Not sure if there is a tutorial, I just opened Batch mode with a selection and created (+) operations I wanted to carry out, test it on a couple, save the Batch commands and then applied it to all the images. So I have an array of saved batches for placing various watermarks, resizing for the web size thumbnails, renaming etc. then let it rip on the batch.
Only oddity I have come across is the order of and selected save images list, seems to operate oddly.
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barneagle
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Re: Resizing (downsizing) photos

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Thanks, Geoff.
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Re: Resizing (downsizing) photos

Post by gcorbin »

barneagle,
You don’t want to downsize your original photos to save space. Photo Supreme has a better solution for you.

I manage my photos on a laptop with a 1TB SSD. I now have just over 4TB of photos being managed by Photo Supreme without any issue. I will describe my workflow for you and I suggest you do something similar.

When I take my photos, I use Photo Supreme to ingest the photos from the camera into a folder on the laptop SSD. The photos go into a subfolder based on the shooting date. I then catalogue and process those photos. Basic cataloguing occurs immediately so I can find my photos and the processing may be completed on the same day for simple processing but may take months or years depending on the complexity. Focus stacking for example generally is very slow for me. I flag the folder with the processing state in Photo Supreme to keep me organised. When the processing for a days photos is finished, I move that days folder in Photo Supreme into a “Finished” folder on my laptop SSD. When my laptop SSD gets 80% full, I move all the photos in the “Finished” folder to an external USB drive to give me more working space on the laptop SSD. Once the move finishes, I unplug the external USB drive.

Photo Supreme handles the unplugged USB images as if they were still on the internal SSD. You can search and view the images like usual. You can even catalogue the images on the unplugged external drive and then bulk synchronise the metadata changes to the images on the USB drive at a later date when you reconnect the USB drive. The only difference you will find with the images being on an unplugged USB drive is when viewing the image, the image size is limited to the thumbnail size, by default 1280 pixels, not the usual full size of the image. If you need the full sized image for viewing or exporting, you just plug in your USB drive before the operation. Handling offline photos in Photo Supreme is very very easy.

As usual, make sure you backup the external USB drive just as you backup the images on your laptop SSD. You don’t want to risk losing your photos.

The USB drive I currently use is a 4TB portable (no external power supply) spinning disk. I started with a 1TB drive than moved to a 2TB and finally the 4TB as I filled up the external drives. These are much cheaper than the faster SSDs and for the amount I plug in the external drive, I could not justify the extra price for the faster speed. The only time I notice the slow speed of the spinning drive is when I transfer the next block of around 200GB of finished images to the external drive. This move is slow but I only do this 3 or 4 times a year, so I put up with the slow speed for the cost saving. I use a portable USB drive for the convenience as even though it is slower than a similarly priced powered external USB drive, it is more convenient for me to be able to put the portable drive in my laptop bag so I always have access to the full sized versions of all my photos wherever I am.

As the prices dropped, I upgraded to larger USB drives for the convenience of having all my photos on the one external hard drive. My 4TB external drive is now almost full, so my next step is likely to be two 4TB drives of photos, one containing photos up to say the year 2022 and the other for photos after the year 2022. I will configure my laptop to mount the older drive a P (as it does now) and the newer drive as Q. Then I can plugin either or both drives as required to access the full size versions of my older photos.

I hope this helps. Photo Supreme is extremely powerful at handling a large collection of images, much larger than will fit onto a laptop drive. Utilise that power and keep the full sized versions of your images.
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