Resizing Files 



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The many ways to Resize a file.


Web based: Here is one way: - Works by uploading a file to the Website.


Windows: The latest version for Windows, replicating the original XP version:  - This will install software to your computer.


Mac: - or




This page has two (2) tutorials. The first is for Windows Resizer. Windows VSO Image Resizer users will need to scroll down to find the section for VISTA.


Note: If you are needing to resize simply for email purposes, try using Picasa and it's built in Email feature. At this time, Picasa does not have the ability to singularly or batch resize, but if you click on a 1 or more pictures, and click on the email button, it will resize them according your preferences un Tools/Options/Email.



Windows Image Resizer

Easiest and fast way I know to resize your image is using Windows Image Resizer. It will add context menu (right click) support for resizing a file. Click on one or more pictures and simply "Resize".


This was originally


Microsoft's Tutorial:


Who needs this program? Anybody who needs to make an image smaller than the original camera file.


What size should I choose? Depends on what your use is going to be. All of the preset sizes will make a file VERY small file size.



Keep in mind that there are TWO types of SIZES to be considered. File Size (memory space taken on storage)...and Image Size (dimensions of image). Resizer will affect BOTH types. The only drawback with Resizer is that you can not set the level of compression...only the image size.


Resizer will give you several options, including "Custom". I have found that using the program set to exactly the same size dimensions (pixel size) does a good job of recompressing the file to be about 50% the file size (4mb to a 2mb). But if you actually put in a smaller pixel size, it will also compress it very nicely. It makes a duplicate of the file in the same directory and adds to the name to describe what you did (like large, or custom) so you can easily keep track of your squished files. Using this program on an original file results in a file 1/8th size (megabytes to kilobytes) in about 2 seconds with out ever opening a program.


Possible Sizes:

Small (fits 640 x 480): good for things like web pages where the image is not going to be viewed full size, Photo Frames

Medium (fits a 800 x 600): good for emails...will fill most peoples monitors. Verticals will also still fit with out scrolling.

Large (fits a 1024x768): Good when you want a little larger image to be sent email. The images are going to be REALLY small (memory size) even at this image size

Handheld PC (fits a 240x320): Great for Palm Pilots. You want to use custom to make images fro your cell phone or MP3 place...because this size is still WAY too big. Also great for webpage design.

Custom (fits a _______ x _______ ): After MANY resizings...I think 1500x1500 works great. By putting the same size in don't have to worry about if it is vertical or will handle it appropriately.


Really, just practice. Take one image...and make one of each size. You will be amazed at what you see. Also, refer to this test site where I once conducted a comparison of various sizes from REALLY compressed to very little compression. At made NO difference.


For BCC Contest Images, please use Custom to resize your images to 1500x1500. Resizer is pretty smart...and if you set the size to 1500x1500, it will set the largest side to 1500...and set the other size accordingly. In the example seen below, Resize resized a 3008x2000 1mb image to 1500x997 at LESS THAN 100k. Viewing the two files is pretty much identical when viewed at normal screen resolution.


Context Menu: (right click)


Default Dialog Box: 



Advanced Setting to set Custom sizes:






Windows Vista


You will need different software for Vista: This is a solid program and is completely free for personal use.. However, you will be prompted to purchase it every time you, this is technically Nagware. It works very similarly as the above XP Resizer and is very easy to figure out with many additional options and features as XP Resizer.


After installing, you will then right click on an image and go to ImageResizer.



Click Continue...




Change the profile to 1920x1200 (you can choose others...this is just a good size to work with):




Change other settings as desired, such as the quality to say 80%. This will make a pretty small file. For example, on a test file I just did, it reduced a 2832x4256 that was 4.39mb to the 1278x1200 at only 258kb. That is an incredible reduction...with NO obvious difference until about 200% viewing. We only view at about 50% during the contest, so there is little reason to send in super large files. YOu can play around with the settings and save a good profile for yourself for repeated usage. 


Don't forget to click the option "Adjust resolution for portrait. It will work either way, but the default profiles are based on Landscape (horizontal) and it will go with the shortest long edge as 1200 in this example, keeping the short edge with in the correct aspect ration making it too small, as in this case, 798x1200.




To me, using this program, or XP Resizer is FAR easier than trying to do this in any other program as I use these programs nearly every day creating stuff for WebPages and/or emailing images to people, etc.