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resize imagesAs spoiled as it may sound, having to open a bulky image manipulation software like Paint.NET Paint.NET: The Best Image Editor Available That You Should Download Paint.NET: The Best Image Editor Available That You Should Download We all edit images to some degree. Whether it’s a simple crop or resize, or maybe just adding some text, it’s nice to have an image editor that is reliable, fast, easy to navigate and... Read More or Photoshop just to resize an image seems a little inefficient. If the single functionality that you require is to simply resize, there are easier ways to go about it.

Being able to quickly resize an image benefits me in several ways throughout a day. I’m often sending email attachments, and it’s just courteous to size them down whenever you can. We’re in a time where you’ll probably never reach your mailbox quota (thanks to services like Gmail), but you should still remain conscious. Writing for MUO is another area where I’ve got to constantly resize images.

In this post, let me introduce you to a piece of software that can cut some time out of the process.

Free Image Resizer

Free Images Resizer is an incredibly easy software to begin using immediately. Even so, the application comes with a help index after installation.

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Feel free to read through if you’d like to get an official and thorough explanation of this program. The following screen should also launch after installation:

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Here, you’re able to add files to resize all at once. You’re even able to add an entire folder of images. That being said, this part of the application is best when you’re doing batch resizing. We’ll get into individual resizing later.

After adding images, you’ll want to access the Resize Settings tab. This is where you’ll tweak everything.

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You’re also able to preview each of the images in the batch to see how they’ll look prior to batch resizing them.

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The resizing operation is completed incredibly quickly. You’re able to resize and overwrite, resize and create a copy, resize and move, resize and compress (in an archive), or even create a PDF out of the resized images. That’s plenty more options than you’ll see in most image manipulation programs that don’t specify to the resize feature.

As far as individually resizing images goes, I’ve found that the best option is just browsing to the folder in Windows Explorer and right-clicking the image. You’ll see two new context menu items:

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The Resize Pictures option brings up a simplified prompt for quick and easy resizing:

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Despite how the option sounds, Resize Pictures Pro isn’t some feature attached to a shareware version of the software. It will just bring up the original application window, as if you had added the image(s) through the program itself. From there, you’re able to specify more advanced options.

Both methods also work with multiple images. Just hold down the Ctrl key as you click other images to select more than one in Windows Explorer and you can access those same context menu items for pictures in bulk.

Free Image Resizer isn’t meant to be anything like an IrfanView replacement. It’s tailored towards a very specific and narrow purpose, and it works very well. I’d recommend it for anyone who is looking for a way to resize pictures in the fastest time possible. Let me know what you think of the application in the comments.

  1. Mark Smerdon
    October 9, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Looks good, will give it a try.

  2. Alex Perkins
    October 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for the post, I have to do this all the time for parents.

  3. Kao Vang
    October 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I've used this on occasion and it's convenient.

  4. Calvin Venn
    October 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Looks promising......will definitely give it a try.

  5. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    October 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Go to tinyapps.org and grab a copy of resizer. It's very tiny and portable.

  6. wilL Toxic
    October 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    great article, seems like a good program to have..
    and i love that you can right click to resize, i havent found a program that does that since paint shop.
    but i do have a question..? is this program able to resize Animated pictures Like .Gif?
    with out losing the trasparency or the animated stuff??
    thanks for the article

  7. Jill Davis
    October 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I love makeuse of have just downloaded one of the photo apps..but find all your articles useful even the one I don't understand

  8. Edwin Williams
    October 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Seems simple enough for even me to use! lololo

  9. Bodi Hemanth
    October 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Seemsto be an easy tool for beginners.

  10. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I prefer PS for everything image related...

  11. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Good software to know about, thanks for the info!

  12. avantika singh
    October 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I’ve used PEAKNFLOW.com for several small projects. Very cheap rates. Thanks very much for this professional and effective guide and nice platform and good content keep it up....

  13. Adrian Rea
    October 5, 2012 at 10:05 am

    there are several ways to change the size in kb of an image. This article/software shows that changing the number of pixels can improve the storage and display of an image but I am not sure from the article if the software helps reduce file size by changing quality levels, file type without physically changing the pixel size. I tend to use Irfanview for most resizing but I agree this looks easier to pick up and go.

  14. Malkhaz Abuladze
    October 5, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Very good program for resizing images. Thanks for info

  15. Aditya Roy
    October 5, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Why have a separate software just for resizing? FastStone Viewer is the best image viewer with a very handy resizing tool.

  16. Sonny Bass
    October 5, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Why not just use Image Resizer for windows? http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/

    • Craig Snyder
      October 12, 2012 at 6:44 am

      Great alternative, thanks for sharing.

  17. Deekshith Allamaneni
    October 5, 2012 at 2:51 am

    I use GIMP (www.gimp.org) to resize images. Although GIMP is not a dedicated resizing software, I am comfortable with it. It has many advanced options to quickly edit photos. I prefer GIMP as I do not want to install a new application for every task I do with Images. GIMP can scale images (see scale button in the GIMP toolbox) as well as reduce the file size of the image without scaling (see file -> export).

  18. Dany Bouffard
    October 5, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Seemsto be an easy tool for beginners.

  19. Félix S. De Jesús
    October 5, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I still prefer to use the Free Transform with the Shift Key, dragging the picture, to get real adjustment hehehehe

    • salim benhouhou
      October 5, 2012 at 9:38 am

      i agree

    • Harish Jonnalagadda
      October 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Me too. But it seems like a good utility nevertheless.

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