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How to Shrink and Enlarge Your Photos

Updated on April 6, 2017
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Nell is a trained Psychologist and lives in London England. She has been writing since she was a child.

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Make your photos smaller or larger. Public Domain


How frustrating it is to suddenly realise that the camera you bought is so powerful that the photos you take are not compatable with your website. I recently realised just how annoying it can be. In other words your photo is either too large or too small. So what to do? You need to be able to enlarge the photo, but not lose pixelation. When this happens the photo becomes fuzzy and out of focus.

This happened to me recently, and much to my frustration, I realised that by taking photos on my camera phone, I could download them easily, but not on my new camera. I would have carried on using my phone, but the downside was that it was costing me money to send the pictures to my e-mail. I knew that I could download them straight to the PC but even then the photos were not that good.

After spending hour after frustrating hour, trying to download a photo onto a photography site that I use, I realised that other people out there had the same problem. So after looking into it I realised that there were sites that could shrink your photos by subtracting pixels. And enlarge your photos by adding pixels.

Getting started.

1.The first one I tried was online. This is quite a good one, if you are anything like me, you do not want to trawl through loads and loads of garble, reading stuff that means absolutely diddly squat. And because there is so much writing in the way, you have no idea what you are supposed to do.

With this site, it will take you straight to the bit that you need. And is self explanatory. Just follow the instructions. I must admit it did work for me, for a time, but I realised that after shrinking a few pictures, it did go wrong sometimes. I think it is okay for just a couple of photos, but if you try to do it for to long, it goes a bit awry. But it does give you a good choice of picture size to choose from. So it is worth having a go.

2. It is the same site as the one above, but on this, you can have your pictures made into Avatar size. This one is only up to two hundred pixels.

3. is the third on the list, and I have tried this one, unfortunately, it took ages, and I gave up in the end. Maybe it was my computer, so it is worth a try. The only thing I would say about it is that, when you first go into the page, it looks a bit daunting as there is lots of writing all the way down the page, and I did not know where the downloading bit was. And then I looked at the top of the page again, and it was right at the top. Unless you want to read a whole page, don't bother scrolling down, just go for it, and see how you get on.

4., Is a really good one. What I like about it is it has big pictures that explain exactly what type of photo that you want to shrink. It has shrink portrait, shrink landscape, crop a photo, and advanced photo tools, all in large easy to see and understand pictures. Great for dummys like me! you just click on the picture that you want and hey presto, result. great stuff.

5.Batch photo, is one I looked at but you have to buy it.

Here I would just like to say that there are many that are too difficult, and some you have to buy, some you have to be Einstein, and some that are just plain annoying. We do not want to read tons of stuff, just so at the end we realise that we have to download and install the system, which is something that I tried by mistake, and it took ages. And the end result was that it still confused the heck out of me! So if you do accidentally click on one of those. Don't bother, because I am just going to give you the best site of them all.

6. Fantastic! that is all I can say really! After going through all the above, some great, some not so great, and some just plain annoying, this one is well worth using. Bookmark it and then you are free to go. It is the simplest layout of the lot. And it works a treat. Very very quick, and if it can downsize my photos, it can downsize anybody's.

It is so so simple. It just has four buttons to click on. Small, medium, large, original. And all you have to do is, go to Options, start over, or crop, it is up to you, and then the page changes to a simple browse and download page.

That is it! It only takes a few minutes. Upload image, and when your photo appears on the page, just click on small, medium or large, large being the best and the most typical for downloading to your site, as even though it says large it is about four inches across and approx. two inches down.

So it fits most web pages. Then just press Save Changes, wait for the funny remark that pops up, and then go to the left side of the page where it says, Current image, click on the blue sign, Download image, where underneath you can see the new size of your photo, and then you will see a box come up, which is the classic save box, and follow the instructions. I find that it is better to save, then close, then click on the Download image again, and bring the box back up, then go to open, and this will bring your gallery picture up, go to the left hand top corner, and click send to gallery. There. Done. And no more tears!

So there we have it. Try whichever one you think suits you best, but my two top sites are

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Good luck!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hiya Money Glitch, I know how you feel! when I started on Redgage i spent ages trying to download the stupid photos! I was swearing at it and moaning! ha ha then fishtiger said she had heard of somehow being able to shrink them, but didn't know how, so I thought, well I may as well have a go. thanks nell

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for sharing this info Nell. I have spent hours only to be frustrated by the whole resizing process. I'm sure this will help in the future. :) Rating back up for ya!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Granny, I am fine thanks, sorry it's taken me a while to answer, but it is so lovely here, 70 degrees! I have been out for most of the last week! we don't usually get any hot weather yet, so whoopee!! lol Refering to the photos, I find that is the best. There is no explaining, no do this or do that, just to get you in a muddle, you just go onto the page and there is the browse, click, get picture, shrink! simple. but the others are good too. Thanks for coming over to read. cheers nell

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Oh, forgot to tell you I will bookmark for later use and rate up.

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Hi Nell! I haven't heard from you in a while. How are you? Thank you for the sites. Are they free to use? I have photo shop. But these seem easy to use. Thanks for becoming my fan. Look forward to hearing from you.


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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, pmccray, thanks again for stopping by, I am glad it helped, as trying to download photos was driving me mad, until I discovered how to do it! thanks again nell

      Hi, mulberry, I have no idea how to get programs to do it, I just found these sites, but at least now I don't shout at the computer anymore! lol thanks again nell

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      Christine Mulberry 7 years ago

      This is a very useful tip, the program on my computer will resize my images, but without it I would be lost!

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      Ohhhh. . . thanks so much for this hub, it is sooo informative. Rated, bookmarked and shared

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, dnrkrishnan, thanks for the comments. cheers nell

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      dnrkrishnan25 7 years ago

      amazing webs....

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, travelerhubs, thanks for the comment. I had to do this, as I was going mad! lol everytime I tried downloading photos, it was taking hours. I realised that there were too many pixels. so now this helps. thanks again nell

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      travelerhubs 7 years ago from USA

      Good compilation of photo resize software. Will try to use some of them next time.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, agvulpes, thanks for this great info, I have nearly ended up throwing the PC out of the window before now! lol It drives me mad, when i try and download a picture, and it takes hours and hours... I will give this a go. thanks again nell

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      Nell Rose, I feel as that as you move along you will find most of the on line image manipulators are not good enough.

      Windows 7 now comes with a program called

      If you are running XP is available for free just go to the site and download it. Another good free program is 'the GIMP' which is great for doing all the things you need to do. :-)

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, zzron, glad it helped. I know what it is like when you cannot download a photo, it drives me mad! thanks nell

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      zzron 7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Awesome info, thanks so much for this.

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      Nell Rose 8 years ago from England

      Hi, fishtiger, thanks for stopping by. you certainly set me on a path here! ha ha thanks for pointing me in the right direction, did you see your name above, in the first few paragraphs? I said it was you who told me, and I am glad you did, I had absolutely no idea about this. Thank goodness between us we figured it out! thanks again nell

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      fishtiger58 8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Hey Nell sorry been meaning to read this hub for a while now just got the time. I am so glad you found something that helped. A great hub.

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      Nell Rose 8 years ago from England

      Hi, cameciob, I have a sony Cyber-shot. 10.1 mega pixel. I think that was the problem, too many pixels. I should have realised that it would be to much. But hey, never mind, I got there in the end! ha ha and thanks for the bookmark. nell

      Hi, Birgitte, I am glad I could help, I just took a look at your website, I will come back over again later when I have more time. It looks really interesting. Thanks again nell

      Hi, 2uesday, I am glad you like it, and thanks for bookmarking it, I really appreciate it. thanks nell

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      2uesday 8 years ago

      Hi Nell I will bookmark this for future reference as I might need it for some of my images in the future. I've also bookmarked the last two links they look great. Thank you for this informative hub.

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      SewDanish 8 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing. I'm going to have a go right now :-) You have saved me a lot of time.


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      cameciob 8 years ago

      Hi Nell, it seems that you had quit an adventure with the photos. What camera did you got? lol Once I used photoshop but I'll bookmark your article for the good research you did that once may save me lot of time. thanks.

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      Nell Rose 8 years ago from England

      Hi, Sage, thanks for the comment. I have been going mad, trying to download loads of photos to Redgage, and I just couldn't do it. Then fishtiger said about these sort of sites but didn't know anything about them. So I thought I would try and find out, and now I can download them! yeahh! thanks again nell

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      Sage Williams 8 years ago

      Interesting hub, I have never heard of any of these and was not aware that there was even any programs like these.

      I have several programs on my computer that I use, simply because I have always done photography. Just the same I am going to check out these links to see if there is a faster and easier way.

      Great Job! thanks for the info,


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      Nell Rose 8 years ago from England

      Hi, Sandyspide, glad it helped. I know it drove me mad, not knowing how to do it! cheers nell

      Hi, carolina muscle, if it helps anyone, then I am glad as it drove me insane! now I can do it quite quickly. thanks again nell

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      carolina muscle 8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Some great tips here!!!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for the photo tip.

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      Nell Rose 8 years ago from England

      hi, msorensson, I know what you mean, I cannot keep still when I take a photo! they always end up all blurred! thanks again nell

      hi, aoiffe, glad I could help, I had got so fed up of it, it was driving me mad! it was either this, or throw the pc out of the window!! thanks nell

      Hi, Hello Hello, glad it was helpful. thanks again nell

      Hi, Green Lotus, yes it is strange that I can take pictures on my phone and download them, but my camera is another story! thanks again nell

      Hiya, Mickey, glad to be of service! ha ha no seriously, I was beginning to go mad! it was taking me ages to download these pictures for Redgage, and I was getting so mad, I didn't know what to do, so I trawled through them and found the best ones. thanks again nell

      Hi, elayne, yeah I know just what you mean. some of them were so confusing, and some so long winded what with the download and the 'explanation' ha ha , that was a joke , the explanation! it took me longer to understand what they meant, than if I had done it myself!! glad it is usefull. thanks again, nell

      Hi, ladyjane, yes to be quite honest, I had never even thought of it. I just kept cropping the photos, and obviously you lose so much of the picture, I had almost given up, then I found the good ones after trying loads of bad shrinking sites. glad I could help with it. thanks again nell

      Hi, Audrey, I know what you mean about being too small, a couple of mine on Redgage, where tiny and some I left like it and some I had to change. At least now we can download whenever we like! thank goodness for that! thanks again nell

      Hi, keira, I know what you mean about the tears! mainly of frustration! ha ha glad you stopped by and it is nice to hear from you. I hope you are well? thanks nell

      And thanks to fishtiger for pointing me in the right direction.

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      Keira  8 years ago

      Hello my dear, very important info. Thank you very much for all the good tips. I will certainly follow and stop the tears.:)lol. Thanks again my lovely friend, for sharing. Bless you my dear Nell.:D

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      Great information! It really is frustrating sometimes - I find that some of the smaller images are TOO small and look ridiculous and I can never resize them - and then the coolpix for instance are too big - I feel like goldilocks! Thank you for telling me where to go!! (In a good way) Great info.

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      ladyjane1 8 years ago from Texas

      This is great I didn't know about these sites and was having trouble with the same problem. Thanks for the tips. I will have to bookmark this hub. Great job.

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      Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      You are the bomb for sharing this info. I use Photoshop, but sometimes it takes longer to open it up than to use a website. Thanks.

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Fantastic hub. I've been using IrfanView but I ran into trouble when I got a new computer but finally got things worked out. At times I should have, maybe, done a better "search". IrfanView does offer a "batch" conversion too. I've found that photoshop and other popular programs are not user friendly for a simple task as this. Thanks- this is much needed!

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      Hillary 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great information and links Nell! I don't seem to have this problem for some reason, maybe its my Mac and iPhoto that accepts any size upload from my camera. I then reduce the photo sizes with Photoshop, but I know has 10 free Photoshop alternatives that are worth checking out!

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you so much for such a useful information.

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      aoiffe379 8 years ago

      Thank you for the hub. You targeted my biggest problem- shrinking the photo so that it would fit and not take forever to upload. I have the chosen photos ready so I will go to the recommended sites and choose the easiest, simplest one.

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      msorensson 8 years ago

      What a very helpful hub. Everyone can use it, Nell Rose.

      I have the earlier version of Nikon Coolpix. Mine is only 5MP, I think. I love it but it is soo sensitive to movement every time I ask someone else to take the pictures for me they are blurred unless I park the camera on a stand first.

      Thank you for this hub.