Photoshop: How do I make a 9mb PSD under 5MB in order to email?

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I have a PSD file that is in 16bit and I need to take it down to 8bit to be able to copy and resize it so I can get the file down to under 5mb. At the moment the file is 9mb, to large to send via email.
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Choose Image> Mode>8-bits/channel and see if the file is small enough. If it's not, use Image>Image Size... to reduce the size of the image so it's under 5MB.
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The height in image size has to be 400, its for an assignment. I just changed it to 8bits and now it is 6.28mb, how do I get it under 5mb if the image size height in Pixel Dimension has to be 400 high.
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Did you set the size using Image>Image Size dialog?

Make sure "Resample" is checked and enter 400px for height.

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That has all been done, Image size is 702k, dimensions 599W and 400H, all three boxes ticked (using CS6).
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So size is 6.28mb with the above information.
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I'm not following you. Which is it? Is the file 700k or 6.28MB? If you resized the image to be 599w x 400h it should only be ~700k
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The picture file itself is 6.28mb(size) saved in my documents on my computer. In your dialog Image Size box above where it states 'Image Size' it states 700k on mine.
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Hmm. What format are you saving the file in? My file saved as a PSD: 696,941 bytes (700 KB on disk)
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Does your file have a ton of layers? Can you save a copy as a flattened PSD?