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How To Shrink Pictures

Are you organizing pictures on your computer and need to conserve file space? Or are you trying to send your picture over email or upload it to a website? Whatever the case, you will need to shrink—or resize—your picture for your needs. We recommend using GIMP—a free open-source alternative to programs like Photoshop!


  • How To Shrink A Picture With GIMP

  • 1

    Download and install GIMP.

  • 2

    Once GIMP is installed, open the program for use.

  • 3

    Click File > Open. Browse for the file you wish to shrink.

  • 4

    Open the Scale Image tool by clicking Image > Scale Image. This will open a new window.

  • 5

    Choose your shrink (or resize) method. You can choose between pixels (px), inches (in), or percentage reduced. Enter the value that you want into one field and the others will maintain proportions so that the image does not appear stretched or skewed.
    Note: You can also try reducing the amount of pixels to 72 dpi to reduce the file size.

  • 6

    Select your quality setting. Click the Quality pull-down menu and select the type of resampling you would like.

  • 7

    Click Scale to shrink the image. Click the Edit menu and select Undo if you would like to start over.

  • 8

    Once you are happy with your changes, Save your picture by clicking File > Save.


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