Jack Dunhill 01/08/2017 Design,

The formatting of images can be the difference between content looking poor and cheap, or professionally made, and as such resizing and image manipulation is an important skill to master. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. There is a whole host of easily accessible image editing software available on the internet now, and so we shall be going through where to find them, how to use them to resize images effectively, and how to save the finished product.


The Best Software


Photoshop - Easily the most popular and recognisable name in the list, Photoshop is everyone’s favourite image manipulation software. Although the learning curve is steep, it carries the largest arsenal of image modifying tools out of any software, with resizing included.


To resize an image in Photoshop:


  1. 1. Open your image using file, then open, then choose the image and click that, and then open

  2. 2. Navigate to image in the toolbar across the top of the screen

  3. 3. Click Image Size

  4. 4. Choose your width and length (in pixels or percentages), along with whether you want to keep the same proportions of the original image (constrain proportions)

  5. 5. Then go to file, and save as to save your new image


Unfortunately, Photoshop is relatively expensive and so this option may not be available to everyone. Fortunately, there are free options that will have ample features for resizing images.



GIMP - So, you want to do some simple image resizing, yet don’t want to pay £120 for Photoshop? This is the market GIMP fits into. A community-driven open-source project aiming to provide the functionality of the high-end software, but with no price tag, GIMP will give you all the necessary tools to resize and crop an image easily, whilst being totally free.


To resize an image in GIMP:


  1. 1. Load your image into the software using file, then open, then choose the image and click that, and then open

  2. 2. Navigate to image

  3. 3. Choose Scale Image

  4. 4. Choose your desired length and widths, and choose whether you wish to keep the same proportions as the original image (constrain proportions)

  5. 5. Go to file, and save or save as to save your new image



BeFunky - By far the easiest option out of them all, BeFunky is a browser image editor, aimed at very basic but user-friendly image editing. Whilst it doesn’t come with the depth and detail the others come with, if you are just looking to resize and crop an image, it doesn’t get much easier than BeFunky.


To resize an image in BeFunky:


  1. 1. Access the BeFunky website and click Photo Editor in the toolbar across the top

  2. 2. Click Upload, and choose the location from which you wish to upload a photo - BeFunky supports Facebook, Google Drive, Dropbox and more, along with being able to upload directly from your computer (find the image, click open)

  3. 3. Click resize, and choose the image sizes you want along with whether you wish to keep the original proportions using the Lock Aspect Ratio button

  4. 4. Then simply click the green tick to confirm

  5. 5. Go to the toolbar at the top and click the save drop-down menu, and save the new photo to the desired place (Facebook, Computer, etc)


Design Wizard - is a new addition to the list. The useful thing about this online graphic design software is that it allows you to pick from some of the many pre-defined template sizes. So for instance, if you are resizing an image to fit a blog header as an example, then just choose that option and Design Wizard will change the image to that size in seconds.

To re-size an image in Design Wizard:

1. Upload your image to the software

2. Choose from one of the pre-programmed template sizes (such as social media post or banner ad) or choose a custom size.

3. When the image is re-sized click the download button.

4. Go to your downloads, sort by most recently updated and move to a folder where you can find it.


Nowadays, most CMS’s have in built image resizing. With a high percentage of internet browsers using mobiles to access websites, they could be using 3G or 4G connections - or worst still, GPRS or E! If a website has large images then the bandwidth to download these images on a mobile data connection could take a considerable amount of time if the images are not optimised correctly. In addition, if a website is popular and your host provider charges you for bandwidth (amount of data downloaded) then you could be faced with a hefty monthly usage bill simply due to badly optimised images. As such, it is hugely important to get images well optimised for all screen sizes, and kept at a low storage size - both of which can easily be done with the options above!


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