Gut Rumbles

December 05, 2004

just damn!

I downloaded all my Costa Rica pictures today (I ran the battery dead on my camera this trip) and I wanted to post a few today, but they're all too big. I don't want to clog people's dial-ups with pictures that take all day to load, but I don't know how to resize the pictures without emailng them to myself and allowing Yahoo to do the resizing for me.

I can change the dimensions to make the picture fit my page, but I can't change the SIZE of the goddam picture. Help me here.

How do I do that?


D/L Photo Resizer at

One of the very few pieces of shareware that I paid for.

Posted by: doug on December 5, 2004 09:20 PM

If you have a fairly modern version of MS Paint, it's very easy.

Open the picture in Paint, go to the heading in the top bar called Image.....from the dropdown list pick stretch/skew.....put something like 50% in both the Horizontal and Vertical boxes and click ok, then save that with a different name from the original picture.

Posted by: MommaBear on December 5, 2004 09:28 PM

What your looking for is a way to optimize the photos for the web -- in other words, you want to compress them in addition to resizing them.

I'm thinking that your not going to want to drop better than six bills on Photoshop but you may find a small investment in Photoshop Elements or JASC Paint Shop Pro worthwhile.

Alternatively, the freeware IrfanView will do what you want, as will TheGIMP. TheGIMP has a pretty steep learning curve but IrfanView is quick and simple. It's my favorite freeware app and my default image viewer.

All of these are easily Googled and JASC (not sure about Adobe) offers a free evaluation version. Depending on your ethical stance you should also be able to find them on your favorite file sharing network.

Posted by: Mel on December 5, 2004 09:46 PM

Depending upon your version of Windows, Paint will work fine.

Load your picture into Paint and change the dimensions as Mommabear mentioned. Then, choose "File..." -> "Save As..." from the menu. At the bottom of the dialog box there's a drop-down box with the caption "Save as type:" to its left. Click on that box and choose "JPEG" from the list. Click save, and the resulting image file size will be far smaller.

Posted by: D.J. M.B. on December 5, 2004 10:05 PM

I have M$ Office, so I use Photo Editor -- but I've heard that GIMP is a good alternative to Photoshop. Git it.

Posted by: McGehee on December 5, 2004 10:35 PM

Maybe you could change the width and height in the html. After the link, put "width=50% height=50%"-- or whatever size you want--in the code.

Posted by: Juliette on December 5, 2004 11:09 PM


Send them to me and I'll resize them for you. Doesn't take long at all.

Posted by: Gennie on December 5, 2004 11:11 PM

Screw em. We want quim pictures, if you don't have high speed you deserve to wait.

Posted by: badboy on December 5, 2004 11:38 PM

I use Paint Shop Pro for resizing all my Sadie pictures. And the pictures that aren't of the baby too.

Posted by: Jay on December 6, 2004 12:16 AM


Go to and get the free viewer also don't forget to download the plugins, you won't be disappointed with this program.


Posted by: Robert Worrill on December 6, 2004 01:57 AM

Hot Damn!
I've been trying for years to figure this one out!
Now a bunch of folks offer all kinds of remedies.
Show's ya that the Blogs are invaluable for
information. Better'n book learnin' any day.

Keep it up!

Posted by: Ralph on December 6, 2004 06:15 AM

I take it your digital camera didn't come with some sort of software for this type of thing?

Posted by: girl on December 6, 2004 06:58 AM

Rob - The freebie at will do it just fine. I just downloaded it , installed it, and resized a photo in less than 2 minutes. Now that I have it installed, the resizing should take only seconds to accomplish. Nice little applet.

Posted by: Vulgorilla on December 6, 2004 09:28 AM

Save As -> name.jpg

fast n dirty method

Posted by: JSAllison on December 6, 2004 09:35 AM

Quick caution --

Don't delete or overwrite the original pictures. Pictures sized for the web are no good for much else. You'll get crappy prints from them, for example. When you "Save As" in whatever program, be sure to give it a different name -- don't replace the large original with the smaller version.

Posted by: Strider on December 6, 2004 12:14 PM

You can download a free version of Paint Shop Pro 4 here. Excellent for resizing photos on the cheap.

Posted by: medicmom on December 7, 2004 12:50 AM
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