View Full Version : How do I trim down the size of an image?

15-10-2005, 04:08 PM
I have just got my self a nice digital camera, and I have been told that while I can change the resolution of the photo I am about to shot, I should keep it on the highest setting because of Murphy's law of the one photo you shot on low resolution is the one you really want to keep and blow up.

My question is if you don't have windows xp that trims downs photos so they can quickly be sent over the web, how do you do it in a photo/art programme? as when I press 'image size' it talks about pixel size not MB into KB.
Any suggestions

Speedy Gonzales
15-10-2005, 04:24 PM
You could try Irfanview http://www.irfanview.com

Or Picasa 2 http://picasa.google.com/index.html

Or The Gimp http://www.gimp.org

The 3 of them are free, not too sure if they do cropping tho.

I dont use either of them

15-10-2005, 04:32 PM

You can change the pixel size which will change the size of the file (from MB to kb) automatically. If you are wanting to send them via e-mail I would recommend changing their size to 640x480 (around 300,000 pixels) or 800 x 600 (around 500,000 pixels) or anywhere in between. Most progrmas allow you to keep the size ratio so you only have to change one size and the other should change automatically. This will give a photo size which will send quite nicely by e-mail (even on dial-up).

A hint - when you change the size make sure you save it as a different file name so you still have the full size original in case you need it later.

If your program only allows changes by pixel size then the above should work.

Of course, somebody else might disagree with me!

Hope this helps.

15-10-2005, 04:43 PM
im an experienced photoshop user, and i say the easiest thing to do is to save the picture in imageready as a gif, easy to do, alot smaller size, but if u dont have phtooshop then sorry

15-10-2005, 05:05 PM
As Speedy has already mention, Irfanview and Picasa will do the job for you but I find FastStone Image Viewer (http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm) to perhaps be the easiest to use.

It is also an excellent utility for image viewing and other basic editing of graphics. Even though Irfanview is my default image viewer FastStone is actually the one that gets the most use.

15-10-2005, 06:47 PM
I find Picasa 2 very easy to use, and it has most of the basic functions - like red-eye removal, auto contrast/levels etc.

15-10-2005, 08:27 PM
susievb, I'd suggest you look at the Faststone viewer that Foxy recommended.

It is excellent. I have several image viewers/editors. Infranview, Adobe, acdcee, etc,etc, but after Foxy earlier recommended the Faststone, I find, it is the one I use most often.

Give it a try. And be sure to checkout the very many options. When an image is selected full screen, moving the cursor to the top, bottom, left, & right reveals the many options. The resize you want is on the left side of screen.

15-10-2005, 09:14 PM
im an experienced photoshop user, and i say the easiest thing to do is to save the picture in imageready as a gif, easy to do, alot smaller size, but if u dont have phtooshop then sorry
So am I, and the worst thing you could do to a jpeg you want to send on or print is to convert it to a gif!!!

I use Picasa2 for quick emails
It will do an autofix (especially good for skintones) it will crop, it will resize the photo, it will open your preferred email proggy and attach the photos.
All you have to do is add the recipients, type your message and click send.
Doesn't get any easier!

16-10-2005, 01:15 AM
A small no-frills program that can batch resize alot of images nice and quickly is Resize (http://www.geocities.com/peter_bone_uk/resize.html). This is good for just getting the job done and is relatively easy to use.

Just Ctrl select the images you want to resize and drag into Resize, select Max Dim from the resize options and put in a size that would be appropriate for the situation. As said earlier, 640 is pretty good for email. Make sure Do JPEG is selected with 80 in the value. In Options > Destination you can change the filename prefix and save path, set these as you like and click Start and the resizing should be done momentarily.