How to Make an Image Smaller in 2 Simple and Easiest Ways

How to Make an Image Smaller in 2 Simple and Easiest Ways

Do you know how to make an image smaller? Everyone has their own purpose to use an image. Sometimes, it needs to be smaller than its original size. For example, if you want to upload a picture to Instagram where the aspect ratio has to be 1:1 and your original image aspect ratio is 3:4 or even 16:9, then how to make the image fit to the frame? The answer is by resizing the image. So, how to do that? Let’s find out the answer below.


How to Resize an Image

There are 2 simple and easy ways to make an image smaller which are resizing the frame image or cropping the image. Let’s see what’s the difference between these 2 ways and how different the result after that.


1. Resizing the Image

To resize an image means that you change the height and width of your picture into a specific number of pixels with the same dimensions. As an example, your original image size is 1080 x 720 and you want it to change into the Instagram size which is 1:1 or 1080 x 1080 (can do with 720 x 720 as long as the height and width are the same). It’s very easy, right? You don’t even need to install any hard software such as Adobe Photoshop. For this method, you can see that:

  • The weakness: It will stretch your image and obviously, the result won’t be that good
  • The strength: It can give you a great result if the resizing number has the same dimension/pixels number as its original size

Read also: DIY Resizing Image in Your Post-production

2. Cropping the Image

If you need to point out a specific part of your image such as face only in a full-body image, then you can try to crop your image. Cropping means you can cut out the edges of your image you don’t need. As for the weakness and the strength of this method, you can find that:

  • The weakness: The size is not certain as the resizing does and if you try to crop with fixed frame size, you might cut out the edges that make the image looks bad.
  • The strength: You can just save the part you need without getting stretched and in the optimal resolution.


What Tools I Can Use to Make an Image Smaller?

Every image tools have both the feature of resizing and cropping. You can find an image resizer tools online and pick any tools you want. For software tools, you can try these:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Paint
  • Luminar
  • Adobe Lightroom


And if you does not want to bother installing any software on your computer, you can find many free online image resizer, such as:

  • Canva
  • Pixlr
  • Fotor
  • BeFunky


A Simple Edit yet Need a Precise Size to Give a Better Result

Resizing an image is an easy and simple thing to do. But, you have to know about image size to make your editing looks good. Especially, if you’re going to use the image for professional purposes. You need a high-quality image to give a great first impression through your picture. For that purpose, you can let Dropicts do professional photo retouching to get a better result.

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