Using Microsoft's Image Resizer to resize your photos.

Here's how and why to use Microsoft's Image Resizer to re-size your photos.

Once again, Microsoft's Resizer is probably not the only free one available. I tried it and I like it so I present it to you for your convenience. It will also resize your jpeg files for emailing them.

The main reasons for changing your file size are three.

One, Photoshop File Size Matters for certain effects.

Two, Emailing your pictures. You want the picture to show at a size the recipient’s screen can display without being forced to scroll around to see it. Also, you don’t want it to take for ever to transfer from your computer or load into their's. A smaller file size will accomplish both.

I personally use 1366 X 768 (Medium) when I use Image Resizer and send a picture in email. It presents the picture at about 8X10 inches. Not too big, not too little.

I am aware that there are programs that automatically resize a picture for emailing. I do not like them. They offer no control over the finish size of your picture. The ones I have seen resize the pictures to little more than a thumbnail. Then your people are struggling to see it.

I like to fill the screen. Hence 8 X 10. If you know of a program you like, please let me know. Thank you.

The third reason for resizing your photos is, memory size limitations. If your digital space is limited like on a small thumbdrive or in a digital picture frame, you can merely resize your pictures and fit many times more pictures in the available memory space.

For example, the picture you see later on this page, began at nearly 4M in size. That is 4 million. As you see it displayed here it is a mere 27K. That is 27 thousand. And that difference means I can fit about 160 of the resized photos in the same amount of memory space as one photo at the original size.

Here is the link to Microsoft's Image Resizer. It will open in a new window so you can toggle between this page and that in order to find the Resizer easily.

The papge will look like this.

Below is a closer view.

First make sure "Power Toys" [At the red arrow] is highlighted. If it's not, click on it. Then go to "Image Resizer" and follow the directions.

There are plenty of free resizers on the market as well as those you pay for. I like and trust Microsoft for their "Power Toys"© That's why I use it.

Once it is installed in your computer, in order to resize; right click on the thumbnail of your jpeg. You can highlight and resize from one, to as many thumbnails as you like, at the same time.

The "Resize Pictures" option has been automatically added to your drop down menu. Click on it.

Then, from this window, simply choose the size of file you want and click O.K. It makes copies of your pictures, in the new size, so the originals are safe and sound.

Remember that 100 P.P.I. is good on a computer screen. There are three regular sizes available in Image Resizer as well as having the option of creating your own, custom size.

Small medium or large are about the only sizes you will need.

If you choose a size other than one of those click on the “Advanced” button. This will open a screen whereby you can choose the exact pixels you want the height and width of your picture file. There are a couple of other options available there as well.

In the end, your thumbnails will look identical.

But the pictures will be different sizes on your computer screen and they will have different dimensions. As you can see above, you can identify each picture size by the name.

It will say either small, medium, large or custom in the parentheses contained in the name of the resized pictures. Hovering over your thumbnail will display the dimensions or in other words, the actual pixel size of that picture.

Most electronic devices have a setting whereby you can stretch the file to fit the screen if the file sizes end up being too small. That’s a nice feature.[Within reason]

The need to stretch a picture is unusual though because at 100 P.P.I. a file that is 1024 X 768 doesn’t take up too much memory space, yet makes a nicely displayed 8X10 digital photo. [Not printed, only digital] The picture below is sized at 500 X 375 pixels and fits nicely into this little space.

This is the photo I spoke of earlier. It has a resized file size of about 27K; as opposed to the original 4M.

That is the basic rundown on the simple program Microsoft calls Image Resizer. It is a very useful program indeed. For more in depth information on the usefulness of file sizes go here.

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