Photos

Resizing photos for the web

Photos often need to be resized before you can upload them. The longest side of a photo should contain 800 pixels at the most. The longest side of a small passport photo should contain no more than 300 pixels. Larger photos can slow down loading the page.

You can check if your photo needs to be resized in Windows itself. Open the folder which contains the photo. Select the photo (by left-clicking the name of the photo) and its size appears in the grey status bar below. Neither the width nor height of the photo may exceed 800 pixels. When you do not see the grey status bar you have to click on the status bar in the View menu at the top of the folder.

Different options for resizing photos

Option 1 is recommended when you have Outlook installed. Otherwise, the use of option 2 is recommended.

1) Fast solution using Outlook: e-mail photos to your own mail address

You can use Outlook to resize your photo without using an utility. Using Windows, right-click on one (or more) photos. Choose sent to and next mail recipient. Outlook will ask if you want to resize your photos. When you click ok, an email opens with the photos as attachments. These photos have the right size for publishing on your webpage. You do not have to actually sent the email, just select the pictures and drag them to a (new) folder (or use right-click and save as).

2) Desktop resizing

Download this photo resize program to your Desktop. Also place the photos you want to resize on your Desktop, or open the folder containing your photos. Select your photos and drag them to the photo resize program icon on your Desktop. Your photos are resized automatically and are saved as the original filename plus -800. For example: a photo which is named piet.jpg, is renamed to piet-800.jpg after resizing and the longest side of the photo is 800 pixels wide.

3) Install Picture resizer (for regular use)

Install this small program for free to resize your photos:

  • Windows XP ‘Image resizer’ (part of XP Power Tools); after installing right-click on a photo in Window and use resize picture.
  • Windows Vista or newer: Windows Power Tools do not work with Vista, instead use Prish Image Resizer; after installing right-click on a photo in Windows and choose the Prish Resizer option.

4) Online picture resizer

When you cannot install a program on your computer, surf to Pic Resize and select the photo you want to resize using Choose file. Optionally you can crop your photo. Choose the custom size option below the Resize your photo heading. Resize the longest side of your photo to 800 and follow the rest of the steps to complete the resizing.

Crop the photo to the right size

Without using Photoshop or similar programs for which you have to pay, you can still use a few options described below:

1) On your PC

Windows Vista (and newer) only: The Picture Viewer in Vista contains a crop function. Open your photo and click on the Fix button at the top. At the right, choose the option crop. Windows XP does not contain this option.

2) Online picture resizer

Go to Pic Resize and select the photo you want to resize using Choose file. After this you can crop your photo. Choose the custom size option below the Resize your photo heading. Resize the longest side of your photo to 800.

Alternatively, you could use fotor.com. Here, you can not only resize or crop a picture, but a range of other enhancements and edits can be made. For cropping your picture, select the crop function and enter the desired dimensions of the end result (e.g. 620 × 280). Subsequently, check keep proportions and position and resize the cut-out in your picture. Click apply to finish.