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How can I make file size smaller?

by yasin_ismail84 / September 8, 2014 6:05 AM PDT

I am applying for a job and they have asked me to scan a copy of my degree certificate and upload it to my online resume. The website will only allow me to upload files up to 600kb, but the image i'm trying to upload is 2mb. Is there anything I can do to take the file size down to below 600kb?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2014 6:10 AM PDT

Be sure to try black and white and well, many many options now.

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Re: scan
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 8, 2014 6:48 AM PDT

Scanning in black and white at 200 pixels per inch takes much less space than scanning in colors at 400 pixels an inch. So you can play with the settings of the scanner.

Irfanview is nice also. You can change the pixels per inch or the color depth or the size and possibly sharpen after such an operation.


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by Jimmy Greystone / September 8, 2014 9:53 AM PDT
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Also, make sure to crop the image to cut out any unnecessary bits like decorative borders. Then you can combine with Bob's idea and generally increase the compression level on the JPEG format to (hopefully) find something that's still perfectly legible while being within the size constraints.

Do have to say that this is the first time I've ever heard of someone being asked to provide photographic proof of a degree. Usually if a place checks at all, they'll send a request to the registrar's office of the institution you claim to have attended to make sure they have a record of you having the degree(s) you claim. It might be nothing, but it may be a good idea to take a little bit of time to do some research into the place you're applying to. This sounds a touch fishy to me given how easy it would be to fake an image of a diploma. Hopefully my suspicions are completely unfounded, but it's not going to hurt for you to do some research into the place. In fact, it will help you if it progresses to an interview to know a fair bit about the place. Plus, if my suspicions are well founded, it's generally better to know sooner rather than later.

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I'm with Jimmy on this one
by James Denison / September 8, 2014 1:07 PM PDT
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give them the information they can use to confirm with the school you got the degree from. Also make sure it's not a really great copy you send to them. Use grey scale and low resolution.

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by yasin_ismail84 / September 9, 2014 5:18 AM PDT
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The reason that they want a copy of my degree certificate is because I'm applying for a job abroad. Thanks for your replies. I'll try scanning in b/w.

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