Nowadays, many people own a digital camera. This means that email, social networks, and blogs are becoming popular methods to communicate and share digital photos. With cameras taking high quality pictures that result in huge photos, it’s almost always necessary to resize the pictures you’re wanting to share. There’s several different options available; we’ll cover the free options, both downloadable programs and web-based versions.
— Downloadable Photo Resizing Options–
If you prefer to have a program installed on your computer that will give you the capability options of resizing photos, both Microsoft’s “Image Resizer,” and Xemi Computers’ “Photo Gadget Pro” are good options.
Xemi Computer’s has a program called Photo Gadget Pro which isn’t a free download but they do have a slimmed down free version available. It’s a shell extension that gives you an array of editing options. Some of these options include:
- Rotate, resize, and rename images (screenshots below)
- Add a caption and/or a frame
- Apply special effects and filters
- Format conversions.
Photo Gadget Pro is available at www.xemico.com/photogadget and works with JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, PCS, and TGA file formats.
— Web Based Resizing Options —
Shrinkpictures.com is one web based option that requires little to no skill to be able to resize an image. The website was created by an Admin of an online forum who was frustrated with people asking how to resize images. Their process is completed in five steps (online).
- Browse your computer and select your image/photo to resize
- Select the new size for your picture – use a preset or choose a custom size
- Optionally, add an effect to your image
- Select output image/picture quality Lower quality means a smaller file
- Click “Resize” and wait for the processed images to be displayed
The screenshot below gives you an idea of what to expect on the screen when using this online version.
Another online option is a website called resizepic.com which offers a simple, basic method to resize your pictures. With this option, you upload your photo and then select the width and height you want your image to be resized to.
–An Alternative Option–
Back in July, we wrote about a program called Preloadr which allows you to customize your Flickr photos without needing to download a thing! It takes your photos from your Flickr account (you must approve them access first) and gives you the capability to edit them. This includes cropping, rotating, flipping, etc. If you use Flickr, this is a great solution.
Overall, if you haven’t taken the time to find out how to easily resize your images, this should point you in the right direction. While I prefer a downloadable program that I’ll always have on my computer, it may also be nice to have the resizing capabilities no matter where you go. Many of the options do more then just resize the photo. Now there should be no excuse for sending an email with gigantic image attachments!