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The Fastest and Easiest Way To Resize Pics

 
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djbutter22
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 12:02 am    Post subject: The Fastest and Easiest Way To Resize Pics Reply with quote

After being on here for a few years and seeing the bear get after folks for their image size, I can't take it anymore. I want to share a quick and easy tutorial on how to re-size your pics before uploading them to a host site. I can also add a tutorial on a quick and easy hosting site if you need.

1. If you are running XP, Microsoft has a page full of "Power Toys" that you can download and install for different uses. One of these is Image Resizer. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/xp-downloads#2TC=powertoys


If you have windows 7, you can download a similar software here: http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/

When you click "Download" A box will open, click "Run"


Then Click "Run" again


Now go through all the usuall install boxes until the software is installed on your system.
Now you're ready for the easiest and fastest image resizer ever!
Open a folder with images. Selct one "by clicking on it" or select all by hitting "Control A" on your keyboard.
Now right click on the 1st selected image


Click on "Resize Images"
Here you're given some options. For this forum selct the 640x480 line. You can also make them smaller by typing in your desired size down below.

IMPORTANT! If you click the "Advanced" tab you have an extra option. If you were to run the resize without this tab it would resize your images and put them in your folder as copies of the original. So you would have 2 versions of the image, the original and the smaller one. I like to make a copy of the original folder and call it "smalls" and then resize that folder. This helps with keeping all of your resized images in one folder. So, click "Advanced" and click don't make copies.


Once you click "OK" , the magic happens!
Now you're ready to upload your smaller images to a hosting site.
If you need help with this method, feel free to PM me.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, that's what I use.
I think it is only for XP though. ???
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same thing I've been using for a while. The other good thing is once you just have the program installed, it will show you under the pic what the current size is so you can see if even needs to be re sized.

Takes all of 5 seconds once it's up and running Wink

Great post DJ!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great post for helping some folks resize their images for the forum......between this program and Irfanview things should be real easy.....you might have put that pesky Bear on the out of work list around here. Wink Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another add to the post, you can select all your pics in the folder of course (either hold shift + clicking on them, or shift + arrow key to move over all) and right click on one to re size all.

Only criticism I have is you can't set it to default (in advanced) not to make a copy of what you re size. If you get out of that pic and right click on a new one, you have to go into advanced again to do that.

But much better than doing it one by one, lol.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jarhead wrote:
Yep, that's what I use.
I think it is only for XP though. ???


There's a link in the tutorial for Windows 7 users. Its a clone of the XP software
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TX727 wrote:
Another add to the post, you can select all your pics in the folder of course (either hold shift + clicking on them, or shift + arrow key to move over all) and right click on one to re size all.
In the tutorial I use Ctrl A (for select all).

Only criticism I have is you can't set it to default (in advanced) not to make a copy of what you re size. If you get out of that pic and right click on a new one, you have to go into advanced again to do that.
[b]Yep, this is something you have to get used to doing

But much better than doing it one by one, lol.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't stress this enough...Irfanview solves all these problems.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canadian Bacon wrote:
Can't stress this enough...Irfanview solves all these problems.


It does, but I leave that alone as at work I need to upload higher than 1024 so I don't want to set something to default to just change, lol.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canadian Bacon wrote:
Can't stress this enough...Irfanview solves all these problems.


But this allows you to resize from a right click without having to open another software.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

djbutter22 wrote:
TX727 wrote:
Another add to the post, you can select all your pics in the folder of course (either hold shift + clicking on them, or shift + arrow key to move over all) and right click on one to re size all.
In the tutorial I use Ctrl A (for select all).

Only criticism I have is you can't set it to default (in advanced) not to make a copy of what you re size. If you get out of that pic and right click on a new one, you have to go into advanced again to do that.
[b]Yep, this is something you have to get used to doing

But much better than doing it one by one, lol.

[b]


That means I would have to create another folder, or at least empty it when I'm done w/ one upload. Too damn lazy and the reason I have one massive folder for everything, lol. Makes sense though and will give it a go on the home comp.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Butters, Thank You for the tutorial. Very Happy As with everything it will boil down to what the end user is most comfortable with. I find Irfanview pretty fast and easy while Debbie is still getting the hang of it. I will show her this and see if she may want to try it. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I download images off the camera I always put them into their own folder, when I create that folder, I create another folder inside it called "small", then I browse the output from Irfanview into that and I knew that the "small" folder for any pictures is already the correct size.

The batch resize can be set with it's own sizes, but there are multiple things you could use, any of which you could pic for one or the other sizes.

This is just how I do it, so when folks ask it's the one that I use.

I don't care what anyone uses... as long as they use something and don't blow out the site format! Wink Laughing Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thing people have to be aware of when batch resizing is the orientation of the photo. If you take a photo that is "Portrait" , say 1000 pixels x 3000 pixels and resize it to a "landscape" orientation like 640x480, you will not be a happy ringer. You'll need to do those types of images separate and flip the numbers to 480x640
just a little fyi
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20 13 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's why I like Irfanview as it resizes the longest side to the specified length... 650 in my case! Wink
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