When you have taken the time to take photographs, it seems a shame to keep them to yourself and leave the images stagnating on your hard drive. Just as regular photos are best framed and hung on the wall, so digital images should be shared with others as well.
If you have a web site or blog, you might want to post your favorite shots to share them with the world, or you may prefer to just share them with friends and family via email. Whichever of these applies to you, you’re probably going to need to resize your photos, and this is where FreeSizer can help you out.
FreeSizer is, as the name suggests, a free tool with the sole purpose of making it quick and easy to resize images. If you only have a couple of photos that you need to resize, it may not seem like too daunting a task, but if there are hundreds, it is not something you really want to be doing manually.
If you pay a visit to the FreeSizer web site, you’ll find that there are several versions of the program to download. If you click the main link, you’ll get yourself a copy of the regular 32-bit edition of the program, but if you have a 64-bit version of Windows installed, there’s a different link to use. There are also two download links for the 32- and 64-bit versions of the portable edition of the program that can be used without the need for installation and are ideal candidates for copying to a USB drive.
Assuming you are working with the regular version of the program, run through the installer and then launch FreeSizer. The first thing to do is to configure the options you would like to use when resizing images.
Configure FreeSizer Options
Move to the Settings tab of the program and you can choose how your resized images should be renamed. In the text field, enter the word, letters of numbers you would like to have added to the beginning of file names to helps make it easier for you to identify resized versions when browsing files in Explorer.
You can then choose between saving the resized versions of images in the same folder as the originals – this is when the renaming convention used above becomes essential – or to an entirely separate folder. There is no need to worry about losing your original files as the resized versions will always be saved as new images.
However, you can choose whether the newly sized images should retain the date data of the original file, or should have the date and time of resizing associated with them – just tick the Keep original file date box to do just that.
When it comes to resizing images, there are a number of profiles built into the program but you also have the option of creating your own. If you need to ensure that image never end up larger than a particular size, enter the dimensions in the Max Width and Max Height boxes. You can also use the Quality drop down menu to choose the level of compression that should be applied to resized images.
When you are ready to start resizing some image files, move to the Profile tab of the program and use Explorer to open the folder containing the images you want to work with. Select these images and then drag and drop them onto the top portion of the FreeSizer window.
The list shows you the name of the images along with the current dimensions and file sizes and if you then select from one of the ready made profiles below, new dimensions and sizes will be calculated for you. You might want to check through all of the various profiles to see which is going to be the most suitable.
If you select the Custom profile, the images you have loaded into the program will be resized so that their dimensions do not exceed those you have specified in the program settings.
You can check how individual images are going to look by selecting one from the list and click the Preview with selected profile button. In the preview window you can right click an image to save it individually or copy it to the clipboard, but otherwise just close the window and then click the Start Resizing button to have your images scaled for you.
It is worth noting that if you are resizing a very large number of images at the same time, things might take slightly longer than you might expect. This is because FreeSizer attempts to calculate the dimensions of the images based on the selected profile long the entire process is going to take. To help speed things up a little, move to the Settings tab and tick the box at the bottom labelled Do not estimate new size.
Whether you have ten images to resize or hundreds, manually adjusting the dimensions of images and saving new versions can be extremely time-consuming. FreeSizer does all of the hard work for you so you have more time to concentrate on other things.