How to Resize a Photo in 5 Seconds


Today’s cameras can take amazingly large and detailed photos. Unfortunately, when copied to a computer, these photos can be too large to email out to your friends or family.In this video, Eric Spellmann shows you his quick and free trick to easily resize any photo in seconds. Whether you have one or dozens of photos, this method will handle it.


Note from Eric: Below, you will find a word-for-word transcript of this video. I provide this as an aid for the hearing-impaired and for those who might just want to read it rather than watch the video. This conversational style is not reflective of how I write. Be nice! Hey I am Eric Spellmann with Spellmann & Associates. And today we’re gonna talk about how to resize photos. I get a lot of questions from people saying Hey I need to email this photo but it’s just too big.

Or maybe I need to upload it somewhere but it only takes photos of a certain size. And today’s cameras take incredibly huge photos, almost 5 MB in size in some cases. I’ve even seen them up to 10 MB!

So, how can you easily resize a photo? Well in the past, you used to have a program like Photoshop or something and you had to install it and know how to do it. Well I’m going to show you an easy way to do it.

All it takes is 5 seconds. An online and free resource that I really like, is called Pic Resize (picresize.com). Basically all you have to do is take the photo and drag and drop it on to this area or you can click Browse and go find it.

I’m gonna click Browse and I’m gonna go find the photo. I’m going to choose Pictures and I’m going to use one of the sample ones that Microsoft gives me.

So I pick this pretty picture of Penguins, hit Open and you’ll notice that it’s listed here. I then hit continue and at this point it gives me options. I don’t have to do any of them. In fact I can just scroll down and do the deal. But, if you want you can crop it. In other words, you can try out cutting out certain pieces just by drawing a square, rotating it etc.

But really what I’m gonna do is I’m just gonna make it smaller. And it asks me how small I wanna make it? I can drop this list down and tell it. Or I can tell it a specific resolution. Right here it kind of shows you. But really when it comes down to it on how small you want to make it, you just kind of have to play with it until you find the size that you like.

You can also add special effects if you want. But once again I don’t do that. You can choose what kind of a file you want to save it as, I’ll just choose JPEG. And believe it or not, you can even say the file can be no bigger than a certain file size and it will automatically handle it for you. So when you’re ready to go, just hit I’m Done, Resize My Picture! And in the majority of cases, that’s the only button I press on this screen.

All said, all done, it’s now ready to download. You’ll notice that the original picture was 1024 pixels wide by 768 pixels tall. And it was almost a meg (760k).

What this system did was it took it down to about half the size. But when you look at the file size, it’s a huge saving! So it optimized it a little as well.

Now keep in mind that the way this free site makes its money is through advertising. And they get paid if you click on one of their advertisements, so be careful here. If you click up here, that’s an advertisement.

Also, this is an advertisement. What I want you to do is stay in this area. And you’re going to either view the image or save it to disk. I usually save it on the Desktop so I can find it.

Let me show you another option, because there are some really neat things you can do. Let’s go back to the homepage. What if you have a whole bunch of files that you need to do. Right here you can click Multiple Pics.

I won’t show you this one but it just reduces the options and does it really, really quick! And that’s how you get the 5 second deal. Multiple Pics, click on it. It comes up and says Ok enter all the pics you want to make smaller.

So I click Add Files and I’m gonna choose all of em. Now I can just highlight them all, see how they’re all selected and hit Open. Notice what it does.

I’ll scroll down here, it has em here ready for upload. I’ll choose Upload and you’ll watch it uploads every one of those files, every one of those very large pictures and then I can scroll down a little more, I can say how big I want to make it (about 50% as big in this case) and I’m gonna say batch resize. GO!

And it’s gonna take every one of those and it’s going to save em and then it’s going to create a Zip File and I can just download them all at once. So this makes it very easy. I love this system and I use it all the time. It’s free and it’s fast.

I’m Eric Spellmann with Spellmann & Associates. If you have any questions or you want to know some other videos or see some other videos that I’ve done, don’t hesitate to visit my website ericspellmann.com and just click on videos at the top. Have a great day, I’ll see you in cyberspace.