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Resizing Images on your Desktop

Resizing images

The what you need to know

So when we get images from propfessional photography sites like Unsplash.com they are generally very high resolution pictures which means that they are enormous files.

Not only will they take up a lot of memory on your device but when you go to upload them to a site one of the following may happen:

  • the file is completely rejected and you will be advised to resize
  • the file is accepted but they compress it to fit their own dimensions which means it might look distorted or some of the image will be hidden
  • the file is accepted but takes ages to upload meaning your page will be super slow.

So, what can we do about this?

Well, the good news is, you can resize using programs that are already in your computer, theres no need to be a whizz at Photoshop or a coding genius!

Hurrah!

Once you have the image downloaded to your computer, follow the steps below and don’t forget to press save!!!

From an open image

  • Open your image
  • Right click on your mouse or trackpad
  • Click properties
  • In the details tab you will see the pixels size
  • At the top of the screen choose the open menu and choose Paint
  • When Paint opens the image will be zoomed in, if its a very large image then you will only see the top corner.
  • In the menu at the top left you will see the word Resize, click on that.
  • Once the resize box is open click Pixels
  • Make sure that the “maintain aspect ratio” box is ticked so that the image does not become distorted.
  • Replace the horizontal ration with 2000, the vertical pixels should automatically update to maintain the ratio.
  • Click OK
  • The image should become smaller (you still may not be able to see the whole image)
  • SAVE the image in the file menu.

If you go back into the image and check the dimensions you will see the new dimensions

From a Closed file

  • Hover over your image with your curser
  • Right click on your mouse or trackpad
  • Click properties
  • In the details tab you will see the pixels size
  • Close that window and right click over the image again
  • in the “Open with…” menu, click Paint
  • When Paint opens the image will be zoomed in, if it is a very large image then you will only see the top corner.
  • In the menu at the top left you will see the word Resize, click on that.
  • Once the resize box is open click Pixels
  • Make sure that the “maintain aspect ratio” box is ticked so that the image does not become distorted.
  • Replace the horizontal ration with 2000, the vertical pixels should automatically update to maintain the ratio.
  • Click OK
  • The image should become smaller (you still may not be able to see the whole image)
  • SAVE the image in the file menu.

Follow the first 4 steps to check the new pixel size.

Your image will now be much more manageable and will take up far less memory.

Great Job!

If you need specific dimensions then you can easily and quickly do this via Canva.com and this will prevent the image from becoming distorted.