Resize Your Digital Photos For Free with PIXresizer
Some of the best things in life truly are free when it comes to digital photography software. Every digital darkroom software program provides a way to re-size digital photos singly and in batches, but I love stand-alone applications. Stand-alone applications speed up my workflow and save me time. PIXresizer is one of those specialty applications. The best things about PIXresizer are that it is free; it is easy to download and install; and it is easy to use.
- PIXresizer Application
- Simple four step work flow
- Load The Picture To Be Resized
- Select The Size You Want To Save the Resized Picture At
- Save the Photo
Have you ever noticed how slow some web pages with pictures load into your web browser when you click on the page link? You have a fast, broadband connection and a state of the art computer system, so why do some pages with photos take so long to load? The problem lies with the photo file size. Many people use photos just the way they come out of their digital cameras and those JPEG files are too large. A typical JPEG File may be between 2.5 and 3.5 MBs. A 2.37-MB picture is roughly 3000 X 2000 pixels in size, far too bulky for the web. Such gigantic files eat up bandwidth and slow everything down to a crawl. Heaven help the person using dial-up, Internet access, his system will probably freeze up and crash.
Keep photos used on the web under 60 KBs in file size. A 53 KB file photo is roughly 500 X 375 pixels. A 500 X 375 pixel photo is large enough for easier viewing yet small enough to load in seconds. Many web sites have publishing tools that will not accept photos over 500 pixels in width. For thumbnail pictures and profile pictures, 67 X 100 pixels are large enough.
Large files that eat up bandwidth and slows everything down to a crawl causes system freezes and crashes. It also causes you to lose readers and followers because people get tired of waiting for your pages to load and click out of them. It is costing you readers, and it is costing you money. Re-size those photos before using them on the web. Re-sizing them is easy with PIXresizer.
PIXresizer was written and published as a freeware program in October of 2006 and upgraded December of 2009. Both versions are available for free downloading and unlimited use. Version 1.0.9 is compatible with Windows 95 and Versions 2.0.0 and up (the newest version is 2.0.4) is compatible with Windows Operating Systems 98/ME/NT4/2k/2k3/2k8/XP/Vista/7. PIXresizer is compatible with all digital photo file formats except RAW and allows the user to convert between file formats (.bmp, gif, jpg, png, and tif.) you can resize single files or multiple files all at one time.
Simple four step work flow
1. Upload the picture or pictures that you want to resize.
2. Select the new size that you want to save the picture in. you can use one of the pre-select sizes or designate a custom size.
3. Select the file format that you want to save the resized photo in.
4. Click "Save Picture" and navigate to the folder on your computer where you want to save the resized picture.
I will walk you through the process using a picture that my wife took of our handicapped son, daughter, and one of their handicapped friends this past Fourth of July at Jill's Group Home.
Load The Picture To Be Resized
1. Open PIXresizer and left click on the "Load Picture) button.
2. Navigate to where the picture is stored on your computer.
3. Double click on the photo to load it into PIXresizer.
Select The Size You Want To Save the Resized Picture At
We are going to use this photo on a web site that limits width to 500 pixels, so none of the "Pre-Sets" meet our needs. Here is what we are going to do.
1. Click on the "Custom Size" Radio Button.
2. Place a check mark in the "Maintain Aspect Ratio" box. The Custom Size button and the Maintain Aspect Ratio box should be selected by default when you load your picture, but check to make sure that they are.
3. Type 500 in the first box. The computer will fill in the correct height for you.
Save the Photo
1. Select the file format to save the picture in.
2. Click the "Save Picture" button and navigate to the folder where you want to save the picture.
3. Give the picture file a name.
4. Click the save button to save resized photo.
Click on the "Work With Multiple Files" tab and you will see that the onscreen prompts are easy to follow I am not going to go into details here on how to resize batch files. It is easy
1. Select the file where the photos are stored, the "Source File."
2. Select a "Destination File" to store the resized photos.
3. Select the new size using the slider.
All pretty self explanatory. I have used many different resizing programs and this one is by far the most user friendly.