How To Resize Images

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How To Resize Images

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Related to http://www.doll-fan.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=225652. Never fails when going after signatures that there are users who don't know how to manipulate images and quite a few of the ones I've asked to alter their signatures are wanting me to do so for them which isn't going to happen :) Basic image resizing is very easy and every computer user should have some sort of skills in this so I'll do a step by step instead so those that don't know will know and help themselves.

And, you are going to need to read this all. There is a habit with computer users who are not sure of their ability and give up without trying...it took me quite awhile to put just this together so I want to see some effort put into this and I do have a major pet peeve of not wanting to help those who don't try to help themselves first...be forewarned ;)


First We Need A Program
There are thousands of image programs out there for working with images and chances are I've never used the one you have. Most of them go through the same things but for clarity I'm basing this off of a very good free one called Irfanview
  1. Go to Tucows download page for Irfanview 3.97
  2. On this page you choose which Operating System(i.e. Win98, WinXP, etc) you are using so you get the correct version.
  3. After the Operating System is chosen it takes you to a page where you choose which location you want to download from....normally faster to choose one close to you.
  4. Once it is downloaded go ahead and install it. Some just have to click on a run button to do so while others will have to double click on the icon of the downloaded program to start the install.
  5. Go ahead and open the program up

Opening and Zooming Images
Here is a picture of the top of the basic Irfanview controls.
Image
  1. From the top line of the Irfanview click on Two windows will normally pop up at this point. One is the location of where you want to save it so find your new "resized" folder you created and the other window is quality settings. The default settings in the check boxes are normally fine but the sliding scale for quality can be played with if the byte size is too high.
    Dropping it down to 90% or even 80% is pretty typical and what occurs is that it compresses the image information together so it takes up less bytes.
  2. To find specifications about the image you just opened click on image->information. The example below is 3204X1728 pixels...extemely large and does not show the full picture on my screen. You can also look at the bottom of the program which will show you some similar information.
    Image
  3. Click on the + or - magnifying glasses in the toolbar of Irfanview to zoom in or out....the bottom of the program will have a percentage and change up or down to let you know at what ratio you are viewing the image. You are not physically changing the image at this point but just zooming it in and out.
    Image
Resizing The Image
  1. Put the image back to 100% by clickin on either the + or - magnifying glasses
  2. From the top line of the Irfanview click on Image->Resize/Resample. This screen allows you to change size of your image in many ways but the easiest is to simply enter in a width in the width box. If I just enter in 400 for width here 300 will automatically show up in the height box because
    "preserver aspect ratio" is picked and the image is origionally 4:3...if I enter in 800 for width, 600 will show for height. You can customize both the width and height by unchecking "Preserver Aspect Ratio" but your image will start distorting when you get away from the 4:3 sizes.
    Image
  3. Anyway, we want it 400X300 or less since it's for a signature so after having 400 for Width and 300 for Height click on ok which will then resize the picture.
  4. It's not saved yet so read on...
Saving Your New Resized Image
  1. Create a new folder on your pc somewhere where you keep track of your images. The way I do it is I already had this image saved in a folder named Hudson02 and I'd just create a folder named Hudson02_resized.
  2. Once the folder is created, from the top line of the Irfanview click on file->save
  3. Two windows will normally pop up at this point. One is the location of where you want to save it so find your new "resized" folder you created and the other window is quality settings.
    Image
    The default settings in the check boxes are normally fine but the sliding scale for quality can be played with if the byte size is too high.
    Dropping it down to 90% or even 80% is pretty typical and what occurs is that it compresses the image information together so it takes up less bytes.
  4. Once the new image is saved you need to get it on the internet as you do your other images and link to it in your signature on DF. Another common thing to do when saving resized images is to make sure you aren't overwriting your origional....this is why the new folder, Hudson02_resized, was created. It is also common practice to rename the file to denote that it is resized from the origional. For example, if you have image.jpg you'd just name it image_resize.jpg. However you want to organize it but easier to keep track of if they are also named a bit different.

This if followed should allowyou to resize your pictures....of course this program can do quite a bit more than just resize. It has it's own Help for how to do most of it's operations.

Anyway, if you run into problems just ask in this thread. I'll need you to be specific for I don't deal with "I get an error" or "I can't do it" :) If you have issues with this be as descriptive as you can including where exactly in the steps you had a problem


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THANKS

Post by Carrie Triner »

THANKS!!
I'M GOING TO GIVE IT A TRY. :lol:
CARRIE TRINER

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Post by Cherry »

Hi Steve,

I did all that you asked me to do and I installed the program onto my computer. I am lost and I don't know how to place my sig or retype my sig on that program or post my pic with that program.

Please Help, or send help.

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Post by alienor »

hi, I did not went to tucows since a so long time, thanks to remind me ! I was a fan ....to resize, I use also powertoys

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Post by Steve »

yeah, powertoys is pretty straightforward alienor...could have used that one instead.

Cherry,
Your signature is an image...do you have that image saved on your computer somewhere?

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Nope, someone when I joined Doll-Fan made the Avatar and Sig for me. I am Computer literate whe it comes to programing, web design, and graphics.

Can you help or refer me to someone who can help me?

Thanks once again for Everything :D

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Cherry,
Your friend had resized the image and put it on the internet at http://www.oniva.com/upload/836/MyBabies2.jpg With that address in your signature to display the new image your signature should work now. What you may want to check on is that your friend is ok with you linking to that image or if you have to upload it somewhere else....your previous signature image was hosted on photobucket so not sure if that's done by another friend of yours or what. make sense?

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Post by RachaelLuvsDollies »

I resized my image by following your steps,,but i cannot get my sig to appear at the bottom of my posts..Please help?

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Hi Rachel,
Did you read the announcement thread in the general forum concerning signatures. After you resize it you need to PM me to let me know you have done so so I can turn it back on....it is still too large, btw. It needs to be 400X300 or less in physical dimensions. The one currently in your signature is 480X360.

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Post by RachaelLuvsDollies »

i put it way down and all it did is dirtort the pic??hmmm this is such tricky stuff.lol

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Post by RachaelLuvsDollies »

i still cant get it to show in my posts,,i know im a bug..sorry :oops:

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Re: How To Resize Images

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This is a small update for users of Apple products. Oh Apple :roll:

I use a program listed here: http://picresize.com

The step by step instructions are pretty much self explanatory, if you have any questions feel free to message and I'll be glad to help.

:hi ya: Lori JR

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Re: How To Resize Images

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Is there something for iPads?

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