How to Resize Photos for Your Online Contents


If you are on a writing site where you have a compulsion to use at least one photo with your online content, or on a photo sharing site where you post photos, you might have experienced problems with using large images. Large sized photos have large dimensions or pixels. If you are encountering problems while uploading large photos or frustrated because the site has restrictions on the size of the photo to be uploaded, this tutorial about resizing photo might help you.

Normally, photos from your digital camera are always large, even the photos from your cell phone camera with 5 mega pixels and above tend to be very large. This is where the importance of photo editing lies. If you crop your photo, some portions of the photo will be gone, however, if you compress/resize your photo, your photo will be same but the dimension will get smaller.

You can easily compress your large images in Photo editing programs and use smaller sized images. Even if there is no restriction on photo usage, there is a drawback of using large images.

Large sized image takes time to upload and download.

I never use image larger than one MB in my online contents. Most of my images are between 100-500 KB, sometimes I use even 50 KB image. Crop the image, and focus on the subject you want to highlight.

You can try some of these options

Photo Resizing on Photoshop

If you have Photoshop, here is the step-by-step process to resize your photo.

Open the photo in Photoshop.

Go to Image – Image Size.

A dialogue box will open.

Enter the values, which will always be less than the actual value, in Pixel Dimension or Document Size.  

As you change the value, you can also see the new size in the dialogue box.

Hit ok.

Photo Resizing on Microsoft Office Picture Manager

If you don’t use Photoshop, you can also resize photo in Microsoft Office Picture Manager. If you have office package, you will find Microsoft Office Picture Manager included.

Open the photo in Microsoft Office Picture Manager.

Click Edit.

On the right hand side, you will see editing options.

Click Compress picture.

You will see different options for resizing your photo.

You can choose between Document, Web Pages or Email messages

As you click the options, you can also see estimated new size.

Hit ok.

If you choose web page option, your picture will be reduced to about 100 KB, which will still reproduce nicely on web pages.

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      Vinaya Post author

      Thanks for always reading and leaving constructive feedback.

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      Vinaya Post author

      When I want to do quick edit I use MS Picture, otherwise I use PS

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      Vinaya Post author

      I sometimes use pickmonkey when I don’t have time to use PS.

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    Sandhya Rani

    there is one online photo resize s/w online – picresize. U can search it online. Two years back, I used this software to resize pictures for my online grocery site, and it was useful

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      Vinaya Post author

      You can resize your photos on online photo editors as well.

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