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"HOW TO" Guide to EASILY Resize Photos Using Software That You Already Have!

Post by Lancashire Lad » Mon May 25, 2015 11:49 am

Note that this advice applies to Windows based computers only. (MAC, or other non-Windows users will need to find alternative methods).

UK Fungi requires images to be less than 400KB in file size – so that is really the only parameter which needs to be taken into consideration.
This post is intended to assist with resizing photos – USING MICROSOFT "PAINT" SOFTWARE THAT IS ALREADY AVAILABLE ON YOUR COMPUTER.

NB: Note that resizing is NOT the same as cropping.
Resizing retains the complete image, but changes the size of the image to make it smaller or larger.
Cropping retains only a part of the original image. - Anything that is outside of the designated crop "area" is permanently deleted.

All Windows based computers come complete with Microsoft Paint already installed.
MS Paint is a very easy to use photo editor, but not many people seem to know that it is available, or cannot find it on their machines.
To find and open MS Paint on your PC see: - http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001332.htm

The instructions below apply to Windows 8, but are pretty much identical for other versions of Windows.
If you have another version, and don’t find these instructions suitable for your own use, then simply do a websearch for How do I resize photos in Microsoft Paint Windows “X” (where X is your version of Windows), and you will quickly find specific instructions.

NB: Always make a copy of your original photo before doing any editing, and work on the copy.
By doing so, should any sort of disaster occur during the image editing, you will always have the original full size image as back-up.
;)

To resize a picture using Microsoft Paint: -

1. Open Paint.

2. Click the File tab, click Open, browse to find the picture you want to resize, and then click Open.

3. On the Home tab, in the Image group, click Resize.

4. In the Resize and Skew dialog box, ensure that the Maintain aspect ratio check box is ticked, so that the resized picture will have the same aspect ratio as the original picture.

If the Maintain aspect ratio check box is selected, you only need to enter the horizontal value (width) or vertical value (height). The other box in the Resize area is updated automatically.

5. Do one of the following in the Resize area, and then click OK:

• To resize your picture by a certain percentage, click Percentage, and then enter a percentage to reduce the width by in the Horizontal box or a percentage to reduce the height by in the Vertical box.

• To resize the picture so it's a specific size, click Pixels, and then enter a new width in the Horizontal box or new height in the Vertical box.

6. Click the Paint button, point to Save as, and then click the picture file type for the resized image.

7. Type a new file name in the File name box, and then click Save.

If the above still looks complicated, just do a web-search for videos on How to resize photos using MS Paint in Windows "X" - (where X is your particular version of Windows), There are plenty of short videos on the web that show just how easy the process is. ;)

FOOTNOTE: - It has been drawn to my attention that since MS Paint, (being a very basic image editing software), does not have provision for altering file "compression" percentages, the resized files are saved at the same compression of the original file.
In the case of very large, or uncompressed original files, (which, for example, will result from having your camera set to capture images at highest quality), this can mean that the resized photo might still be of too large a file-size to comply with UK Fungi's maximum of 400KB.
To try to minimise the occurrence of this problem, if you do try resizing with MS Paint, I'd suggest making the longest side of your resized photos no more than 1000 pixels.
If you still experience "file too large" problems thereafter, then, unfortunately. you will need to make use of third party image editing software.


Regards,
Mike.
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Re: "HOW TO" Guide to EASILY Resize Photos Using Software That You Already Have!

Post by Lancashire Lad » Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:13 pm

I've just added another topic advising how to easily crop images - also using Microsoft Paint software.
See: - viewtopic.php?f=2&t=510

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