You are back from a fabulous vacation and have a load of photographs that you want to share with family and friends. But the photo sizes are big it is taking you hours to upload. What can you do to resize your images for online use without compromising on photo quality?
Before we get into the details, you need to understand the formats in which photos are saved IN the camera. Generally photos are saved in JPEG or RAW formats. RAW files are huge and allow for amazing photoshop editing. The JPEG format is more suitable for uploading to the internet or sending files via email. However, even JPEGS can be very large … in fact, when you take a photo you should take it in as large a format as you can. This gives you the flexibility to edit and manipulate photos later. You can always downsize a photo … you can never upsize it!
One of the simple ways of reducing the image size is to crop off portions in the photograph that you do not require. All photo editing software programs have an option to resize the photographs.
Open the image that you want to resize. Save the image under a different file name. It is highly recommended that you do not change the original photograph. The Image menu has an option to resize. This will lead you to a dialog box to select the image size. You can choose the size that you want but be sure to also select the “Constrain” and “Resample” options. These will retain the image aspect ratio of the original photograph and the resized imaged will not be stretched or distorted.
For faster uploading you should compress your photos. dWhen you are compressing, be sure to opt for medium to high quality. The issue with the JPEG format is that the compression scheme it follows makes the image lose clarity every time you edit and save. In order that your image does not become blurred and lose detail, edit and save only once.
If you have a huge number of photos that have to be resized all at the same time you need editing software that can handle batch resizing.
BlueFive’s PixResizer is a program that enables you to quickly and easily resize your photographs. It is a free to use software and saves your resized files in a different folder so that your original images remain untouched. It is a handy tool for photographers. So why wait? Go ahead and share your entire vacation photo album!
Another low cost alternative for batch resizing (and more) is Batch Photo Factory
Batch Photo Factory has the ability to batch process photos to add frames, watermarks, convert, resize and rename large numbers of your photos with ease. It is a useful and easy tool to prepare pictures for websites, making the photos smaller, adding your copyright information or overlaying a watermark.