How to Reduce the Size of Pictures is a dilemma we often face after a great event. We carry the fond memories captured in our hearts, minds, AND Cameras.

Alas! When we want to upload some of these images from cameras, we discover that they are too big. It takes ages to upload them (and view, subsequently).

All this because the default picture size captured by the camera is almost 4MB!

So How to Reduce the Size of Pictures for Uploading and Sharing

Here is a hands on tutorial on one such method.

We will do this using the photo-editing application called IRFAN VIEW. I rate it higher than Adobe. That’s because it is one of the easiest and most user-friendly software.

Okay, so first go to this site and download the software – it is totally free.

Having downloaded, install it and you are ready for the quick fixes to your pictures. This tutorial will cover –

A.     How to Reduce the Size of Pictures for Uploading and Sharing – for single pictures.

B.     How to resize an entire lot of pictures in a folder 

C.     A simple method of enhancing the colors

How to Reduce the Size of Pictures for Uploading and Sharing

(click on pictures to enlarge)

1     First, locate the picture on your device and right-click on it. You will get a drop-down menu that will give an option of “OPEN WITH” – choose Irfan view by clicking on it. The menu looks something like this –

How to Reduce the Size of Pictures



2.     Now once the picture opens, go to the top menu of Irfan View and click on “IMAGE” and select “RESIZE” – as shown below –

How to Reduce the Size of Pictures


3.      Now select the appropriate options from the next dialogue box. I have given two alternatives. These are in RED and BLUE in the picture below. Select any combination and press okay and you are done! It is important to KEEP the aspect ratio and select the percentage judicially. The option in blue is best for viewing on the monitor of your device as it is optimised to the screen size.

How to Reduce the Size of Pictures


How to Reduce the Size of Pictures for Batch Conversion

In case you have many pictures that you wish to reduce in size OR convert to any common form (eg. grayscale) the batch conversion utility makes it possible in just a few clicks. Here is how –

1.     First,  make a new folder on your desktop or any other location where you want to save the new files. This will ensure your original files remain intact. See below –

2.      Open the folder where you have the files that you want to convert.

3.      Right-click on any one picture icon and select “open with”>irfan view; see picture below

How to Reduce the Size of Pictures

4.      Now click on Irfan view menu and choose “FILE”>BATCH CONVERSION

5.     Follow the steps as shown. Step 1 is the file where you have your original pictures. Select the options up to as listed in the sequence up to 4 as shown- step 5 will be done later.

Various Options for Size of the Pictures

6.      After coming to step 4 above click on step 5 ie advanced and select the options as shown – You may choose any percentage. The rule of the thumb is to make it 10% for 4 MB files, 20% for 2 MB files and 25% for 1 MB files. This will give you about 250 KB file as output. Click on OK once done.

7.     Now back to the screen as shown and follow through the steps are given – Select the folder where you want the output ie the folder “converted pictures” that you made in Step 1 above.

8.   Once you click on “Start Batch” the files will start converting and the result will be displayed inside the window as given below.

9.    That is it!

10.   Once done, go to your output folder and check the sizes, colors etc and start uploading 🙂

If there has been some mistake like size being too small or still large, just make a new blank folder and apply corrections in the relevant percentage dialogue box in batch conversion and run it again!





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