Re-size Your Images

If like me and Tom you host your own blog you’ll be aware of the need to re-size your images. Likewise, if you’re an Etsy seller you’ll know that Etsy have guidelines on image size. However, unlike Etsy our concern with regard to posting images to our self hosted blog is to do with the file size rather than the actual width and height.

When you self host a blog you’re paying for the space where you keep your images. ( We pay for self hosting our blog at Vidahost. They’re absolutely fantastic value and their service is superb. They often have offers on, if you’re interested click here www.vidahost.com  for more info and I’ll get Tom to post about them in the near future). Keep your images too big and you’ll soon run out of space and have to buy more. For instance, a 10Mp camera will produce jpg image files that are around 4 to 5 megabytes. So, if you have 2Gb of storage with your host you could expect to be able to upload about 500 pictures and you’ll soon run out of space. What you need to do is to re-size your images,we re-size ours to 100Kb in size, at this size we could get roughly 20000 pictures uploaded into 2Gb of storage. Larger files also take longer to uploads and can also affect the speed at which your site loads. Our site is image heavy and can take a while to load.

Does it make a difference to the quality of the image? Take a look at the images below, both have the same width and height, and see if you can tell which has the bigger file size.

re-size your image assemblage bigre-size your image assemblage small

If you guessed the upper one you’d be wrong 🙁 . It is the lower image which is the smaller, close to four times smaller!

What about Etsy? Well, if you get your image size wrong on Etsy (this can also happen on other shop hosting sites) it is possible that your images will be cropped and your work will not be displayed properly.

So how do you re-size your images? Easy enough, open up your image editing software load the image, go to “File>Save As”, change the dimensions and click save. But what if you have more than one image to re-size? This is more often the case if you are a blogger or Etsy seller.

Here at Messie Jessie we often put up a small image gallery of my latest pieces. Usually made up of around 10 images, could you imagine how long it would take to re-size each image individually and then upload them?  So what do we do? We use Irfan View!

IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, which can be used to re-size your images. Best of all it has a “BATCH CONVERSION” tool!

Just open Irfan View, go to File>Batch Conversion/Rename , load in as many files as you want and your away.

re-size your image Irfan View
Select Batch Conversion.
re-size your image The Batch Conversion dialogue box.
The Batch Conversion dialogue box.
re-size your image Irfan View  Advanced Options for Batch Conversion
Irfan View Advanced Options for Batch Conversion.

Download Irfan View for FREE   re-size your imageIf you do download Irfan View, we hope you find it useful. There are lots of tutorials out there for Irfan View but, if you’d rather ask us a question, leave it in the comments section for thsi post and we’ll try to answer it.

To purchase any of my art work please visit my shop on Etsy or contact me by e-mail at info@messiejessie.co.uk.

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