Blogging is one of those activities online that require the use of photos to illustrate your points most of the times. Quality pictures help to add value and understanding to your posts, as well as improving the SEO of your blog as optimized images are highly valued by the search engines. A lot of bloggers want to add quality images to their posts; unfortunately, not everyone knows how to use tools like Photoshop, Corel Draw, etc to resize pictures or optimize the images they want to add to their posts. They end up either uploading bulky pictures or poor quality pictures which end up slowing down their page speed or become an eyesore to visitors. With some free online tools you can take care of this nasty problem and do a simple optimization of the pictures you wish to use for your post without necessarily being a geek in Adobe Photoshop or Corel draw. The tools you need are simplified in a way to make it easy for you to resize pictures to use without stress. Some of the sites to resize pictures for your blog use include but are not limited to the following: Picresize: With Picresize you can resize pictures, add effects, rounded edges or rectangular edges. You can also crop the picture. Simply choose your picture from your computer or from a website and upload to the resize site. Browse your computer and attach the image, then click on ‘Continue (Resize, Crop & Special Effects. you can choose to make your image smaller by 25%, 50% or 75%. You can also choose ‘Fit to screen: 1280 resolution, 1024 resolution or 800 resolution, or simply choose custom size. Add special effects as you like, choose image format – JPG, GIF, PNG or BMP. Add JPG quality of good, better or best and then choose the maximum file size if you wish. Click on ‘I’m Done, Resize My Picture!’ 2. Photosize: Pick your photo from your PC and decide the width and height (in pixels) and then click on ‘Submit’. Your file is ready for download. Quite simple. On the other hand, you may use the Advanced Resizer which gives you the options to rotate, crop, add text, etc
3. Cutmypic: Browse your computer for the photo you wan to resize and click on ‘Go’. Add special effects; decide the corner you want. Either leave it without special corner or simply add rounded corner of 5pixel, 10pixel or 20pixel radius. You can also add drop shadow, sharpen, contrast, reflection, etc. and then preview. If satisfied, click on ‘Done’ and download to your PC by clicking on the diskette icon below the image. Send to a friend by clicking on the envelope below the resized image; fill out the form and send. You can also send to Facebook and twitter.
4. Resizr: RESIZR started with a simple mission: to make image resizing fast, simple, and free. This site has been online since July 2006. It is easy to use and yet produces excellent quality pictures. Upload your picture to the site, then Click and drag the black and yellow ‘slider’ below or click anywhere on the line between “SMALL” and “BIG” to enlarge or reduce the picture. You can also manually type in the width and height and it is automatically resized. Rotate, mirror, add brightness (levels 1-10, higher or darker), etc.
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Resizeyourimage: You have arrows located on the top, bottom, left and right sides of the image box which you can move to adjust the height and width of the image. Click on the ‘zoom+’ button to increase the size, and the ‘zoom-‘ button to reduce size. You can also rotate the image 90 degrees. When through, click on the golden circle with the inscription ‘Resize your image’, this takes you to the final page where you have the option to either save, change to JPG, PNG or GIF. After converting to JPG, PNG or GIF, click on “Save this image” and download the resized image to your computer. 6. Webresizer: The original image and the optimized image (the resized image) are placed side by side for your visual review as you continue to add changes. Here you can add border, rounded corners, tint, colour saturation, edge, pad, crop, etc. You have the option to preview before applying changes. After applying changes, you can then click on “Download this image” to save image to your computer. 7. Iresize: This works pretty well too. You can rotate your images to 90 degrees. You can also add other effects to optimize the image for use on your blog.
8. Dosize: Languages supported include English, Espanol, Francais, Portugues and Italiano. Here you have the provision to upload up to 10 images at a time. The features of this site are not as robust as the 7 mentioned earlier. So it’s not my choice; though some people may find it useful if they need just a simple resizing of their photos. You can choose to just resize your pictures or choose to resize them for printing. The printing sizes are preset to 4×6’, 5×7” and 8×10”. One good side of it is that you can share your resized pictures online by filling out your email address and the email addresses of the friends you wish to send the photos to. You can also customize the email message to suit your purpose.
9. Shrinkpictures: Resize your pictures by pixels (760, 600, 360 or 100 pixels) or by percentage (75%, 50% or 25%). You can also do a custom resize with a maximum of 1000 pixels. In this case you manually set the size you want the image to assume. They have other tools like the Facebook Image Resizer, which you can use to resize your pictures before sharing on facebook. Besides, the “Shrink Avatar” tool helps you to resize your image to avatar size for use online. Add image quality (Good, better or best) to the image, as well as apply special effects before hitting the ‘Resize’ button to conclude the resizing. Click on ‘Download this picture now’ or use the ‘Send processed images via email’ form; fill in your email address and click on the ‘send’ button to send the resized photo to your mailbox. 10. imageoptimizer: This site helps you optimize your pictures to your taste. You choose from the options of adding the quality, size, width and height of the picture. You can also download the image optimizer for installation on your PC for free. If you have enough space on your system you can choose to install and then work from your PC, otherwise you can always do your job online. I hope this post has been useful to you. If you have other tools to share with us, kindly do so as your contribution could be a great source of information to others. Remember to share this post with your friends on facebook, twitter, stumbleupon, Google+, etc Please drop your comment using our comment form below if you find this post useful. Remember to subscribe to get our updates posted to your mailbox. Remain blessed.