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How to quickly resize pictures before uploading

thenated0g

Drinker of coffee, Maker of things
Mentor
#1
I have been seeing this a lot lately. People uploading pictures straight from the pc or phone. A Lot of times these pictures are raw or pretty close to raw size. This not only impacts the amount of time it takes to upload the picture (and data) but it can make browsing pictures for others very painful. For instance you can go from having to transfer a 7-10 megabyte file down to a 700k file. That's like 90% less data. And this is not affecting picture size or what you see at all. The picture is still big (1920x1080). Think of it as removing the "stuff" your eyes cant see anyways, like what mp3 files did for music sizes. The other thing too is that pictures are not something that is easily "zipped". Or shrunk down in size. This is mainly a server size issue when paying for online forum storage and it also makes backups take way way longer. So here's my suggestion to make life easier for you (uploading), your friends (downloaders), and @flitetest (server payer).

Now there are lots of different ways to do this. For instance if you like to edit your pictures in another program first you can probably just export it do a different size. I usually don't adjust my pictures, i just upload them and so in my opinion the way i am showing is one of the easiest and fastest.

The program i use is here, its a free download: https://www.bricelam.net/ImageResizer/

Once installed you simply select the pictures you want. It could be one or an entire folder. You can even select videos if you dont want to go thru and just grab pictures and it will just ignore the videos and keep going. (I actually use this on my google drive for pictures that are backed up from my phone. It saves me space in my gdrive). Than you just right click and choose "resize"

Here's the settings i use. I like it to replace my pictures with the new ones. But thats just a setting if you want to save your original photos. You can also setup a custom size if you want and adjust the quality level in the advanced tab. I have mine set at 75%.
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As an example i grabbed a large 8mb picture from the forums and "resized" it.

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That's a pretty dramatic size reduction. Here is that resized picture posted full size so you can click on it and see for yourself the quality.

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click on the picture to see the 1080 version.

So once its installed the resizer is super quick and easy. Its amazing how much faster you can click thru pictures once they are resized.

My future browsing self thanks you for resizing :)
 

Namactual

Well-known member
#2
Aye, some of those posts with a bunch of images kills my crappy little internet connection. Even if you do not resize them, using thumbnails rather than full size in the body of the post is good practice. To resize them is even better still.
 

thenated0g

Drinker of coffee, Maker of things
Mentor
#3
Aye, some of those posts with a bunch of images kills my crappy little internet connection. Even if you do not resize them, using thumbnails rather than full size in the body of the post is good practice. To resize them is even better still.
Yes, I didn't even consider that part. Good point. Ill try to minimize my full size pictures.
 

mayan

Well-known member
#5
I take the blame for full size full weight images. I’ll try to get into the habit of reducing the size and weight of my photos to help the forum and others browsing it. Thanks @thenated0g for bringing up this issue.
 

Bricks

Well-known member
#6
Thanks for bring this up I get really irritated when some one uploads a few pictures in the same post takes awhile for them to download especially since there is no reason for it to be this way..
 
#7
This is a good thread topic and I would like to add a couple more options for people.

If people have access to a browser, this is the image resizer I like to use. It can resize multiple images at a time.

https://bulkresizephotos.com

Also, for those who don't know, PhotoBucket decided to stop free image hosting links, so now you have to pay to host image links with them. Fear not however, there is a new kid on the block called IMGBB.

https://imgbb.com

It's free, easy to use and what I now use for ALL of my forum image hosting needs (when the forum doesn't have it's own native image upload/hosting).
 

buzzbomb

I know nothing!
#8
I have been seeing this a lot lately. People uploading pictures straight from the pc or phone. A Lot of times these pictures are raw or pretty close to raw size. This not only impacts the amount of time it takes to upload the picture (and data) but it can make browsing pictures for others very painful. For instance you can go from having to transfer a 7-10 megabyte file down to a 700k file. That's like 90% less data. And this is not affecting picture size or what you see at all. The picture is still big (1920x1080). Think of it as removing the "stuff" your eyes cant see anyways, like what mp3 files did for music sizes. The other thing too is that pictures are not something that is easily "zipped". Or shrunk down in size. This is mainly a server size issue when paying for online forum storage and it also makes backups take way way longer. So here's my suggestion to make life easier for you (uploading), your friends (downloaders), and @flitetest (server payer).

Now there are lots of different ways to do this. For instance if you like to edit your pictures in another program first you can probably just export it do a different size. I usually don't adjust my pictures, i just upload them and so in my opinion the way i am showing is one of the easiest and fastest.

The program i use is here, its a free download: https://www.bricelam.net/ImageResizer/

Once installed you simply select the pictures you want. It could be one or an entire folder. You can even select videos if you dont want to go thru and just grab pictures and it will just ignore the videos and keep going. (I actually use this on my google drive for pictures that are backed up from my phone. It saves me space in my gdrive). Than you just right click and choose "resize"

Here's the settings i use. I like it to replace my pictures with the new ones. But thats just a setting if you want to save your original photos. You can also setup a custom size if you want and adjust the quality level in the advanced tab. I have mine set at 75%.
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As an example i grabbed a large 8mb picture from the forums and "resized" it.

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That's a pretty dramatic size reduction. Here is that resized picture posted full size so you can click on it and see for yourself the quality.

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click on the picture to see the 1080 version.

So once its installed the resizer is super quick and easy. Its amazing how much faster you can click thru pictures once they are resized.

My future browsing self thanks you for resizing :)
Too braindead to actually absorb the post. I see what you're saying though, and I am definitely guilty. I want everyone to see The GLORY of what I think is glorious. I post everything full size and at the largest resolution the camera on my phone is capable of. I'm coming back here when I'm not brain dead from work.

It just makes sense that if I want the maximum number of members of this Forum Family to see my pics, I should format them so that they can see my pics, Formatting for mobile devices? I'm kind of old-school for that. Thanks to your post and the helpful members of our Forum Family, I'll make it happen. Thank you. I'll also start posting thumbnails instead of full pictures. This old dog can be taught! :)
 

Bricks

Well-known member
#9
Too braindead to actually absorb the post. I see what you're saying though, and I am definitely guilty. I want everyone to see The GLORY of what I think is glorious. I post everything full size and at the largest resolution the camera on my phone is capable of. I'm coming back here when I'm not brain dead from work.

It just makes sense that if I want the maximum number of members of this Forum Family to see my pics, I should format them so that they can see my pics, Formatting for mobile devices? I'm kind of old-school for that. Thanks to your post and the helpful members of our Forum Family, I'll make it happen. Thank you. I'll also start posting thumbnails instead of full pictures. This old dog can be taught! :)

You can do full size just use a smaller pixel format most screens and people will never know the difference in quality of the photo.
 

Fidget

Active member
#11
Don't disagree with this idea, although every step takes time & makes it harder to share. Hopefully the next generation of forum software will offer resizing as an embedded service. Seems like the kind of thing that would make a good Wordpress add in.
 
#12
I use a resize app but the easiest way to quickly resize is to email the picture to yourself and select the size of file. Done in a second or 2 with no additional software to download.
 

Gazoo

Active member
#13
On an android phone, you can open the picture and the press the power and volume down buttons simultaneously for a second. This will tale a screenshot and reduce the size significantly.

On Windows, you can use the printscreen function to do the same. Or, as I usually do, use the "Snipping Tool".
 

Bricks

Well-known member
#14
On many posts if I open them and it takes for ever to download pics I will not ever go back to that post as each time it gets opened wait wait wait. I am not on the fastest internet but it is DSL
 

mayan

Well-known member
#15
Another tip that comes to mind. If you are uploading from your phone send the pictures that you want to upload to a friend via whatsapp and have him send them back to you, the pictures you'll get back will have their weight reduced to about 250kb files :).