How to make a picture smaller

In a previous post we talked about optimising images before inclusion into a Word, PowerPoint etc. document. But what if you already have a word document which has large (file size) images already embedded in it. Well Word has a feature called ‘Compress Pictures’ picture of the Compress Picture icon which will optimise images for print, screen and email.

How to Optimise pictures in Word.

  1. Open your word document
  2. Ether double click on a picture OR single click a picture and choose ‘Picture Tools’ tab from above the ribbon.
  3. Choose the ‘Compress Picture’ options from the ‘Picture Tools’ ribbon.

 A screen grab of the word interface indicating the Compress Picture button

The Compress Pictures option box will open. Select the options that suit your needs, in most instances you shouldn’t need a resolution greater then 200dpi

screen grab of the compress pictures option box

Once you have made your choices click ‘OK’ and Word will compress the picture(s) making the overall file size smaller.

Go to ‘File’ and select ‘Save As’ (so you don’t overwrite the original). Now compare the file size of the two versions of the document, depending on how big the original images were the difference can be considerable.

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Method 1: Resize in Email Message Body

  1. At the beginning, create a new email.
  2. In the New Message window, switch to “Insert” tab and click on “Signature” button. From its drop down list, select the signature whose inner picture you intend to resize. Select a signature
  3. After the signature gets inserted into the email message body, you need to pitch on the picture. And directly drag the picture’s edge to change its size.Drag its edge to resize the picture
  4. After resizing the picture to your desired size, you need to copy the changed signatures. Press “Ctrl + A” to select all, and “Ctrl + C” to copy it.
  5. Then go to “Insert” > “Signature” > “Signatures”. In the dialog of “Signature and Stationery”, you should select the source signature.
  6. And then in “Edit signature” section, remove the original signature and paste the copied one.
  7. Lastly, click “OK” to save the signature.Change the original signature

Method 2: Resize by Modifying HTML File of Signature

  1. For a start, head to “File” menu and click “Options”.
  2. Then in the new window of ‘Outlook Options”, switch to “Mail” tab.
  3. After that, you should find “Signatures” button in the right pane. Press “Ctrl” key button and meanwhile click on it.
  4. In the new popup window, you can see all the signature files. Every signature file has three types of format, including Text, Rich Text and HTML. You need to locate the source signature and right click its HTML file. From its right click menu, choose “Open With” > “Microsoft Word”.Open HTML File with MS Word
  5. Next the file will be opened in MS Word. You could select the picture and drag its edge to change its size to your like. Resize in MS Word
  6. Later save the changes by pressing “Ctrl + S” keyboard button.
  7. Finally you could close the file. Now you can reopen Outlook and have a look at the signature. You will discover that the picture in the signature has been changed into your set size.
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Step 1. Image editors

Even if each program calls it something different, the resizing tool is one of the basic features of any image editor.

In Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, for example, it’s called “Image Size.” In GIMP, it’s “Scale Image.” In Picasa, it’s “Resize to.” In Paint, it’s the “Attributes” panel. These are just a few examples.

If you are using an editor not mentioned above, you should have no problem finding the equivalent tool in your program of choice.

To reduce the size of a picture in any of these programs, you are required to enter the desired width and/or height in the resize panel. Use pixels as your measuring unit for web images.

There are several actions, scripts and plugins, both for sale and for free, which automatically resize batches of images for the Web in just a few clicks.

With a little patience, you can also create your own. It will save you lots of time.

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Step 2. Sharpening

Resizing usually blurs the image slightly, making it look less crisp. For this reason, after shrinking to your desired size, you should apply some sharpening.

However, you should try to keep the sharpening to a minimum or you will end deteriorating the image quality.

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Step 3. Online services

There are many no-frills online tools to resize pictures easily, such as Pixlr, Resize Your Image, Shrink Pictures, Web Resizer, Pic Resize. Just upload your original picture and follow the instructions.

After uploading, you are requested to enter a width and height and then save/download the result to your computer.

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Step 2. Raster graphics

Unfortunately, not all images are vectors. Instead, most of us commonly work with raster images, graphics that are made of a grid of pixels.

When you blow up a raster image, quality deteriorates as the software interpolates new pixels to the original ones to make up for missing data. For this reason, I don’t recommend enlarging images unless it’s for slight adjustments.

To make an image bigger, use your editor’s resize tool. Enter your desired size as you did for shrinking, but make sure you are using the highest quality picture you have.

Try not to enlarge it to the point that individual pixels become visible or the image looks too blurry. Selecting the “Bicubic Smoother (best for enlargements)” option in Photoshop’s “Image Size” panel will help.

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