How to Make a Photo Smaller With Less KB

by Amy Scott

Photo files can be very large, which can make them unwieldy for sending via email or for loading on a website. Resizing these photos will reduce the file size, which is often measured in kilobytes (KB), to make them easier to use and share. This resizing can be done easily with a photo-editing program such as ACDSee, Photoshop or GIMP, or with a simple photo-resizing program, such as Resize 'Em All.

Using Photoshop

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Open the photo in the Photoshop program.

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Click "Image" in the program menu at the top of the window, then select the "Image Size" option from the drop-down menu.

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Edit the number in the "Width" field in the "Pixel Dimensions" section to a lower value. The "Height" field will adjust automatically to scale the image. Click "OK" to save the changes.

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Click "File" in the program menu, then select "Save" to save the smaller photo to your computer.

Using GIMP

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Open the photo in the GIMP program.

2

Click "Image" in the program menu, then click "Scale Image" from the drop-down menu.

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Locate the "Width" field in the "Image Size" section. Set the number to a lower value. The "Height" field will automatically set to maintain the image's scale. Click "Scale" to save the changes.

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Click "File" in the program menu and select "Save" to save the resized photo to your computer.

Using Resize 'Em All

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Open the photo in the Resize 'Em All program.

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Set the number in the "Width" text field in the sidebar to a lower value. Make sure the "Proportionally" option has a check mark beside it.

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Click "Apply Dimensions" to resize the photo. Click "Save" to save the resized photo to your computer.

Tips

  • Make a copy of the full-size photo to save, in case you ever need a photo with the extra quality.
  • Resize the photo to around 1000 by 750 pixels for optimum file size for sharing via email or web, while still maintaining adequate quality.

About the Author

Amy Scott started writing professionally in 2008. She began writing human-interest articles while working at local news website SanFelipe.com.mx, which led to writing a how-to column for her local newspaper, "The San Felipe Newsletter." Scott is pursuing a degree in equine studies from the University of Guelph.

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