FastStone Photo Resizer

If you have ever gotten an error message saying that your image is too large to upload – if you have ever wondered why, when looking at your facebook page, your images seem to load very slowly – if you don’t know what FastStone Photo Resizer is, you should probably download it. Please note that this program only works on Windows and is not available on Mac.

Images that come out of a normal digital camera are, by default, entirely too large for web viewing. “DPI” stands for “Dots per inch”. Since images on a monitor are not rendered in dots but rather pixels, it doesn’t matter if an image is 180dpi or 1dpi. (No, that’s not a typo.) Don’t believe me? Look at the images below:

 

Can’t tell the difference, can you? I’ll tell you a secret: Nobody else can, either.

So what’s the point in wasting tons of bandwidth just to upload an image that will look exactly the same if it’s a smaller file? There isn’t one. That’s where programs like FastStone Photo Resizer become invaluable. (No, I don’t work for them and I haven’t been paid to advertise for them… although that would be nice. Hint, hint. I just really like this program.) With FastStone Photo Resizer, you can resize entire folders full of images in just a few clicks, immediately making your upload process easier no matter where you decide to put the pictures, and saving you space on your hard drive.

So, now that I’ve convinced you how awesome it is, you’ve clicked the link to download it, and you have the program installed on your computer, how do you use it?

Step 1: Open FastStone Photo Resizer and navigate to a folder on the left side that has the photos you want to resize.

Step 2: Move the images you want to resize to the right side of the program by either clicking “Add all” if only these images are in the folder you are viewing, or by Control-click or Shift-click to select only specific images and pressing “Add”.

FastStone Tutorial 01, Click to Expand

Step 3: Choose how you want to resize your image. Click on “Advanced Options” to navigate to the resizing options available. You can resize by both dimension and DPI. Usually if your images are coming straight from a camera and going to a digital album somewhere, you will want to resize both.

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Step 4: Select the DPI tab in the top of the program and select the checkbox for “Change DPI”. You will now be able to choose the x- and y- DPI settings of the image. Feel free to go as low as “1″ for images to be used on the web, just make sure to put the same number in the x- box that you have in the y- box.

FastStone Tutorial 03, Click to Expand

Step 5: Select the “Resize” tab from the top of the program and select the checkbox for “Resize”. For most uses, you will want to choose the “Resize based on one side” option. Typically you won’t want to go larger than 1200px.

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Step 6: Press the “OK” button on the Advanced Options pop-up you’ve been working in and make sure to choose the “Output Folder” and select the “Rename” option so you aren’t losing your original images in case you need to go back and do the resizing again. Once you’re satisfied with the settings, press the “Convert” button”.

A window will pop up, showing you the progress of the image resizing. The speed of this will depend on the speed of your computer, the original size of the images you are modifying, and how many images you are modifying. When it is complete, there will be a “Done” button in the bottom of this screen.

That’s all there is to it! Now you can show off your photos on the web without worrying about running out of space or images taking forever to display when you try to view them. Happy uploading!

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