Do you know why Smartphone photos take so long to upload? It is because every picture clicked with your Smartphone is very large in both size and resolution. It is always a headache to share such large sized pictures with someone or to store them in your cloud storage. Though, we can always resize a picture using Paint or Adobe Photoshop, but when we have to resize multiple images in one go, we need some software. While there are many photo resizing software available on the web, we would suggest trying FastStone Photo Resizer once.
FastStone Photo Resizer
FastStone Photo Resizer is a free image converter and image renaming software which also lets users to convert, rename, resize, crop, rotate, change color depth, add text and watermarks to images in a quick and easy way. However, the main overview is a bit complex to use it for the first time, but is actually easy to use once you get accustomed to it.
Select the images you want to manipulate, chose the action and click on Convert. The selected images will be seen in the left panel and to make any changes you first need to add them into the right panel. If you want to add them all, click on Add All or else select the images manually. You can rename the image files by checking the box or Rename, Use Uppercase, Keep original file and to let the program Ask before overwriting any image. All functions are given in the lower right corner of the main interface of this program.
Convert the image
Select the image from the left panel, chose the Output Format of the image and hit on Convert. You can convert your .JPG image into JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, JPEG 2000, TIFF or PDF format. Click on the Preview checkbox to let the program display the preview of the selected image.
Advanced Options of FastStone Photo Resizer
Most of the image settings are hidden under the Advanced Options tab. Click on the Advanced Options tab to get other other features of this program. To resize the images, you first need to tick the checkbox Resize. Fill up the details like width and height or choose a Standard Size from the drop down menu. There are also the options of Smart Filling and Smart Cropping which brings out the result withe exact width and height. You can resize an image in Pixels, Percentage, Print Size or based on one side. Click on OK once you are done with your resize requirements.
Add Watermarks in Image Using FastStone Image Resizer
Other features included in the Advanced Options are-
- Rotate the image by 90, 180 or -90 degrees or flip them horizontally/vertically
- Crop the image
- Change the canvas size
- Set the color depth of an image
- Basic adjustments in the image like brightness/contrast, saturation Sharpen the image, enable filters like sepia or grayscale, change lightness, saturation etc.
- Add text/watermark image
- Add borders to the image
Overall, FastStone Image Resizer is a nice, simple and useful software to manipulate the images. The interface might feel a bit tricky initially but gets simple once you start using it. Do check the FastStone Image Viewer too which is considered to be one of the best alternative to Adobe Photoshop.