You can resize an image in two ways: By making it larger or by making it smaller.
Here’s a question for you: What are you planning to accomplish today?
Looking to enlarge your blog post image size
from 500px to 1000px? It’s quite easy to pull off in MS Paint or Photos. But if it’s a pixel-based (also called raster-type) image like PNG or JPG, you may end up with a pixelated image that doesn’t look all that great.
But with a neat feature like resampling
— on Windows, the feature is available in Adobe Photoshop and Bulk Image Resize (from the MS Store) — you can still end up with a good-quality image.
Reducing the image dimensions means that you end up with a small photo. The perceivable quality will remain the same if the image occupies a smaller area on the screen. However, there is an irreparable loss of information as the pixels are shrunk.
During resizing, there are consequences! So a tip to remember is to always retain the original image before resizing, particularly when going smaller.
What if resizing was without consequences and quality issues? That’s a reality when dealing with a vector-file format such as SVG, where the image is not made of tiny color pixels but constructed from vectors and lines. You can catch up on the differences between SVG and PNG.
Moving on. Let’s examine techniques for resizing images on Windows.
In case you also own Apple devices, you may check our articles about how to resize images on your iPhone
or how to reduce an image size on MacOS
If you’d like to get a quick overview of top Windows methods and see which one is best for you, jump to the Conclusion section to view our comparison table.
Method 1: Use Windows Photo Editing Apps to Resize Your Photos
MS Paint is a raster (i..e pixel-based) image editor included in all Windows ve
rsions since Windows 1.0, which was released in November 1985. You’ve probably used it a couple of times to draw stickman figures, with varying success levels.
Now, Paint can work with the following file formats: Windows Bitmap, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and TIFF.
Follow these steps to resize images with MS Paint:
Open Paint. Go to File > Open > Choose the file path.
Go File > Image Properties.
In Image Properties, you can change the Width and the Height, for instance, from 2400 x 1600 to 1152 x 648.
Save a copy of the image with the new dimensions. Go to File > Save As > Choose the file format (PNG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, or other formats).
That’s all. You’ll have the new file with different dimensions and file size.
One of the main drawbacks of this method is that it doesn’t offer any resampling. In case you’re wondering, we explained what resampling is
when we described how to resize images on Mac
. The fact that Microsoft Paint doesn’t offer resampling means that if you decrease the size of a large image from 1000px to 500px, its file size won’t be reduced.
|Pros of MS Paint
|Cons of MS Paint
|Free and no download
|Doesn’t offer resampling
|Simple three-step process
|May not support as many formats as other image convertors
|Supports other functions, drawing shapes, flipping, etc.
How to resize an image on Windows using the Photos app?
MS Photos is a raster graphics editor that comes with many other functions, including image viewing, organizing, and sharing. It can even edit video clips.
The app has been made available since 2012 with the release of Windows 8. When trying to open very large images, Photos may automatically resize them. But it’s similarly possible to resize other images with these steps:
Open your image with Photos. If Photos is the default photo viewing app, just double-click to open the image. Or, right-click on the image, and choose Open With Photos.
Click on the more icon (three dots) and select Resize.
Photos recommends some resizing options, for instance, Best for Thumbnails. You can choose the default options, or set custom dimensions.
Choose the location to save your new resized file.
You can edit the File name and Save as Type to export the image to different image formats.
Like MS Paint, the Photos app doesn’t allow you to resample the pixels of your photos.
|Pros of using Photos
|Cons of using Photos
|Quick and easy
|Doesn’t come with a resampling feature
|Export image to up to 8 formats
|No support for next-gen formats such as WEBP
|Free and no need for third-party downloads
|Recommends appropriate sizes for different uses
How to resize an image on Windows with Paint 3D
If you’re running on Windows 10, you’ll find that Paint 3D comes installed as part of provisioned programs.
Paint 3D is essentially an improved version of Paint with support for creating 3D objects and pictures. In Windows 11, the app may be installed for free from the Microsoft Store.
It provides a great resizing feature that allows you to lock in the aspect ratio or choose from preconfigured sizes. Use it to make sure your blog images follow a constant image ratio
Launch Paint 3D. Select Open > Open Files.
Choose the file path in File Explorer.
From the top menu, choose Canvas.
Resize the Canvas from the left-hand panel. Tip: You should lock the aspect ratio and resize the image with canvas.
Change the width or height, for instance, from 2400px to 1200px, and the changes will be dynamically applied.
Save a copy of the resized image. Go to Menu > Save As > Choose the file format and specify a name.
|Pros of using Paint 3D
|Cons of Paint 3D
|Allows you to lock the aspect ratio
|Doesn’t provide a resampling feature
|Resize the image independently of the canvas
|No support for next-gen or vector formats
|Easy to use and no downloads.
|Supports more image formats than Paint and Photos
How to resize an image on Windows using PowerToys
Microsoft PowerToys are a collection of utilities that expand your Windows functions so that you can get the experience you want and obtain more productivity. Most features are designed for developers and power users, but you’ll find an image resizer.
You may have to install Powertoys, and there are two main ways you can do this:
After installing Microsoft PowerToys, just launch it, and select Image Resizer. You can learn how to use it from the quick tutorial. By clicking “Open Settings” you can specify custom sizes.
Using the tool is quite straightforward and unlike other native methods, it supports bulk resizing.
Right-click on one or several images, and choose Resize Pictures.
Choose the resizing options you want.
Finish by selecting Resize.
Method 2: Resize Images on Windows with Chrome Extensions
You can use a couple of extensions on Chrome to resize images to your desired dimensions. Note that you can add extensions from the Chrome Webstore to Microsoft Edge. This is possible because Microsoft Edge is built on Chromium, the same technology used by Chrome.
The featured extensions are free and straightforward to use. So, here are the top three extensions to use::
Extension 1: Resizing App
The Resizing App
is a handy Chrome plugin that you can use to quickly resize images.
It provides quick functions, for instance, resizing images by Width, Height, Largest Side, Percentage, or custom size settings.
Using the extension is quite intuitive. Click on the Extension icon, and upload your image.
You can optimize the images as well while preserving the image dimensions.
Extension 2: Bulk Resize
The Bulk Resize plugin
offers intuitive features to resize many images at once. You can specify custom image dimensions, define values for the width, height, or longest side, or reduce the image sizes by a certain percentage.
It’s a handy tool to use for reducing the file size too, as you can vary the image quality or even specify a file size that images should be reduced to. For instance, you can state that the image file should be 97.7kb or less.
Extension 3: Bulk Image Resize
The Bulk Image Resize plugin
supports popular image formats such as GIF, TIF, JPEG, PNG, and more. It has two output options: download multiple images in one zip file or get each image individually.
Download and pin the Extension to the toolbar for easier access. To start resizing, open the plugin by clicking on the icon.
You can choose the dimensions values to resize images into. If you scroll down, there are more settings, for instance, what to do if the image ratio doesn’t match.
Method 3: Resize Images on Windows using Third-party Software
The significance of using third-party software is that there is no need to be online to resize photos. Similarly, the tool can process hundreds or even thousands of photos quickly and without a tedious download process.
The following tools can help with resizing images after you download and install them:
Software 1: Batch Photo
is a professional image manipulation program for Windows and Mac. It allows users to perform a wide range of edits on multiple photos with one process, including adding watermarks, applying special effects, renaming photos, adding time stamps, etc.
You’ll even find intuitive time-saving features such as Folder Watch that monitors for new photos and adds predefined edits. The tool can convert images from 170 formats. So, it’s quite reliable for professional users.
Software 2: Light Image Resizer
The Light Image Resizer
offers an advanced resizing feature with the crucial ability to retain the aspect ratio during resizing. You can select from pre-configured resizing profiles even for mobile phone screen sizes.
The tool can even remove the background of images as well, but the feature is powered by remove.bg and the images have to be uploaded first.
The free version allows users to process up to 100 images.
Software 3: Fotosizer
is available in editions. In the Standard Edition, you access basic batch editing features such as resizing, rotation, and changing image formats. The Professional Edition comes with a broader spectrum of features including
- Applying watermarks;
- Adding rounded corners;
- Adjusting image colors with contrast, saturation, hue, shadows, and other settings;
- Applying text on images;
- And more.
Method 4: Using Send to Mail Recipient Function to Resize images
Another handy and quick way to resize multiple images in Windows without installing any app is to use the Send to Mail Recipient function. This method is ideal if you plan on sending the images via email.
To use it:
Select multiple photos
Right-click and select Send to > Mail Recipient (P.S If you can’t see Send to after right-clicking, choose “Show More Options.”
Choose the image dimensions in the Attach Files wizard.
This will launch Outlook if it’s the default email client. You can proceed to personalize the email as you like.
Method 5: Using Microsoft Store Apps to Resize Images
If you have access to the Microsoft store from your PC or tablet, you can quickly find suitable tools for resizing images. Here are some of the most highly rated apps:
App 1: Bulk Image Resize by Valley Software
One of the best features of Bulk Image Resize
is resampling. It provides up to different modes:
- Nearest Neighbour
The methods add new information to the image when enlarging, so you can end up with a better quality image.
Bulk Image Resize offers other standard resizing functions. You can add photos from multiple locations, and in different sizes, and aspect ratios. Images may be resized by percentage or with predefined boundaries.
App 2: Resize Image by Get-the-solution
Many users have positively reviewed this app
as it performs its core function really well, and that is resizing photos. It includes support for next-gen image formats, including WebP. You can preserve the aspect ratio too.
App 3: Pixillion Image Converter by NCH Software
You can get Pixillion
directly from the Store for free. And while it mainly helps with converting image formats, it can resize images as well.
The resizing feature can scale images by percentage, predefined frame size, or with the longest side. It can preserve the original aspect ratio. You also get better control of the final image quality during upscaling or downscaling by choosing from sharp square or smooth blurry pixels:
What’s the best way to resize images in bulk on Windows?
You can resize images multiple images at once in Windows in five different ways:
- With a Google Chrome extension such as Bulk Resize
- With Third-party tools such as Batch Photo: Best app (Batch Photo):
- With an app from the Microsoft Store such as Bulk Image Resize
- Using a Windows native app. For bulk resizing, you can use PowerToys.
- Utilizing the Send to > Mail Recipient function that you can access by right-clicking on one or several images from File Explorer.
Wrapping-it up: The best image resizing methods depending on your goals
Here is a summary of the top tools you can use to resize an image on Windows:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a raster file?
It is a type of image format where the image is defined by pixels. The pixel’s location in the grid, their size, and colors are defined with numbers.
What is image resizing?
Image resizing refers to making an image smaller or larger. During resizing, you can change the image dimensions, quality, and file size.
What is batch resizing?
Batch resizing refers to altering the image dimensions of multiple images at the same time. It’s a good strategy to save time when dealing with many files.
Does resizing affect image quality?
Resizing may not really affect the perceivable image quality as the image will now occupy a small size of the screen. The quality is affected if the photo is magnified.
Does resizing an image change the file size?
Yes. Resizing an image will change the file size. That’s because there will be a loss of information unless the method you’re using allows you to disable resampling.
Why does my image get blurry when I make it smaller?
It’s not typical for an image to get blurry if it’s made smaller. There could be an issue with the resolution settings, or the image resizing tool may be producing smaller and blurry pixels instead of square and sharp pixels.
How can you resize images on Windows without losing quality?
If you need a way to resize images without a loss of quality, use a tool with a resampling feature. Professional users tend to use Adobe Photoshop
. However, it’s not suitable for performing bulk functions. A better tool to use is the Bulk Image Resize which you can download from the chrome plugin store for free. It even allows you to choose the resampling mode so you can get the best quality.
Can you reduce file size without losing quality?
You can reduce the file size of an image by using a lossless compression tool. It’s advisable to save the file in a lossless format such as PNG. But if the file size ends up too big, you can use a next-gen format such as Webp.
There are plenty of methods to resize images on Windows. Natively, you can use Photos, Paint, Paint 3D. But apart from PowerToys, they don’t support bulk resizing. You can get this feature by using a third-party tool, online converter, or Microsoft Store App.
Another important thing to remember is that, unless you’re resizing an SVG file
, there will be a loss of information during resizing. That’s why it’s important to retain the original file.
Finally, when trying to enlarge a smaller image, you can improve the final image quality by using a tool that supports resampling.