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June 21st, 2009

Resize a Bunch of Photos by the Batch

Data Backup, Filing, General Technology, by Peggy Duncan.

UPDATE 11/2011: The software mentioned in this article hasn’t been updated since 2006. I’m currently using FastStone Photo Resizer, a FREE download.

I’ve discovered that just about anything I dread doing, there is some type of technology that will do it for me. Doing something with the photos on my digital camera was one of those projects I needed to simplify.

I found some inexpensive software ($10.00) that makes resizing photos quick and easy. It’s called Digital Photo Resizer (DPR) at www.icegiant.com. There are probably other products out there, but this is the one I found and like.

The software is intuitive in most cases, but I do want to point out the following.

Input Image Folder. Browse to this folder and find the one with your photos.

Autoset Output Image Folders. If you want your images to stay with the folder you created, tick this box. If you don’t, leave it unticked and Browse to find the folder you want to save the resized pictures to. It’s not obvious, but your photos will be resized into the folder you specify, but they will land inside a subfolder named “out.” (I keep all my photos together.)

Resize to. I usually choose the Resize To 438 Height option because I’ve played around with sizing and this usually works for what I’m doing. (It’s a good idea to crop the photos before you resize them. You’ll have to do this outside of DPR.)

FX. This drop-down list leads you to options such as changing photo to black and white, sepia, etc.

Watermark. Tick this box, click Watermark, Browse to find your image.

Generate/Zip File. Explore this feature for different options for your final output. If you need to zip your photos before you email them, load them and click Generate to open the Package Photos dialog box, Create Zip File. Other options in the Package Photos dialog box include Create Screen Saver, Create Slide Show EXE, and Create Photo Website.

Finally, anytime you have a project you dread doing, look for a better, slicker way to do it. Find other free or inexpensive software downloads at www.snapfiles.com.

Note: If the photos you’re using are on a PowerPoint slide, click a picture to select it. The Picture toolbar will appear. Click the Compress Pictures toolbar button and follow the instructions to resize all or some of your pictures.

PEACE.

Peggy Duncan, Personal Productivity Expert

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  • Steve Rindsberg/PPTools

    Hey Peggy, let me put in a plug for IrfanView (www.irfanview.com). This is a great little program that does just about anything you’d ever want to do with images. And lots of things you haven’t even thought of yet. And more. Including batch resizing and renaming, with zillions of high-quality options.
    And for free (for personal use; the author asks for a small amount for commerical use). Truly the Swiss Army knife of image tools.

  • mysky

    Hey. This seems cool. But for Mac users, i wanna introduce an image resizing tool called PhotoMagic, which is powerful and easy to use. It can help you resize your images or photos for photo album, making wallpaper etc. Besides, it supports batch resize and batch saving. Hope this is helpful for you.

  • mysky

    Type your comment here.Hey. This seems cool. But for Mac users, i wanna introduce an image resizing tool called PhotoMagic, which is powerful and easy to use. It can help you resize your images or photos for photo album, making wallpaper etc. Besides, it supports batch resize and batch saving. Hope this is helpful for you.

  • peggyduncan

    JB, thanks for taking time to let us know about this freebie. I saw where there are known compatibility problems for Vista.

  • http://www.2thenextlevel.com/blog JB

    Hey Peggy,

    Great post on image resizing software. If some of your readers are still using Windows XP they may want to consider Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/po

    I was looking for a bulk image resizing software as well and came across this one for Windows XP and you know me Peggy when its FREE it is for ME..;-)

    There are 14 power toys in all and I have only used the Image Resizer but it worked like a charm and I was very happy with the results.

    All the best

    JB