How to Shrink a Photo Size

by Carol Adams
You can reduce the size of photos with an image-editing or graphics program.

You can reduce the size of photos with an image-editing or graphics program.

Digital photos are easy to take and transfer to a computer. The image files are often very large and take up a great deal of space on the hard drive. However, if you are going to be placing these images on the Internet, you will not usually need high resolutions. To reduce the size of the picture, you can use a graphics program. Virtually all graphics programs can perform this function.

Microsoft Paint

Load the photos onto your computer by copying them from the camera. Save them all to the same folder.

Open Microsoft Paint (found in the programs under “Accessories”). Select “File” from the menu and choose “Open.” In the dialog that appears, browse to the location where you saved your images and open an image.

Select “File” and choose “Properties.” In the dialog that appears, reduce the size of the image.

Photoshop

Open Photoshop. Select “File” from the menu and choose “Open.” In the dialog that appears, browse to the location where you saved your images and open one.

Select “Image” from the menu and choose “Image Size.” In the dialog that appears, change the “Interpolation” to “Bicubic Smoother.”

Reduce the resolution to 72 and the size to what you need for your project. Click “OK.”

About the Author

Carol Adams has been writing since 2009. She writes about graphics, 3D and video software for various websites. Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Master of Arts in liberal arts from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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