- December 08, 2017
- 6 min to read
How to Resize an Image Without Losing Quality
Quality is the number one goal for anybody that produces images for a living. If you're a photographer or photo editor alike, you know how important the quality of your projects is going to be. Could you imagine what Times Square would look like if all of the billboards and advertisements were distorted and blurry? In the marketing world (or any world, for that matter), you want to put your best foot forward – this would include the quality department.
When you want to make an image larger without losing quality, there are a few things you can do; with that being said, they aren't the most obvious steps to be taken.
Some people simply open up a new blank canvas with the required photo dimensions they need, and they crop/re-shape the images themselves until it fits the bill. Most programs will automatically render the pixels of your image when it's being re-sized – if it doesn't, it probably isn't worth the amount of money you've paid for it.
The Best Image Resizing Software
If you need to change your image size not too much and you already know the dimensions that you're in need of, you can use those default OS apps. Mac users can do that even in ‘Preview’ or ‘Photos’. If you’re on Windows, any default editing software will have that option too.
When it comes to software that remains on your computer at all times, there are also a few other options, but all of the choices need to meet a certain standard. They need to be:
- Easy to use
- Affordable (or even free!)
Knowing how to resize a photo without losing quality could be the difference between you landing an editing gig, and being left in the dust.
Some of the examples of such software are Perfect Resize, GIMP.
Online Options for Image Resizing
Using online editors isn't a problem for most, as they can be incredibly effective. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of online applications out there on the web that are not only free, but actually work. I won't go about naming any specific ones, as a quick Google search should point you in the right direction – ultimately, you want to be able to resize anything you'd like without the help of a 3rd party service.
Optimizing your photos will allow you to benefit in a couple of different ways, some of which would be:
- More interaction with your images
- Better quality
- Less storage space being used up on servers
- Faster load times for web pages
Regardless of the reasoning behind your image resizing projects, you'll need to have the right software and know-how on your side. If you don't understand what you're doing, how can you expect to get stellar results? Enhance the way you approach your photo editing projects for the better! Getting used to the resize process for images should be one of your top priorities as a photo editor.