Monday, December 3, 2012

Social Media Monday—Resize an Image with Your PC or Mac

In this age of social networking it seems that every platform has a different size requirement to post images. Because of that, it’s imperative for you to be able to resize an image with your PC or Mac. It’s not hard…once you know how to do it. So today I’ll take you step-by-step through the process for Mac and PC.

In iPhoto for Mac

Open iPhoto.
Click on the image and click EDIT.
At the bottom of the edit screen, click in the INFO button. This will tell you the exact file size and pixels of the photo.

Now you can resize the photo one of two ways.

First you can email the photo to yourself.
  • Click the SHARE icon at the bottom of the screen and choose EMAIL.
  • At the bottom of this screen you’ll see the words, PHOTO SIZE, followed by a clickable menu. Click this menu and choose the size.
  • After you choose the size, fill in the TOO section of the email with your email address.
  • Click SEND.

Second, you can import the photo.
  • At the top of your computer is the blue menu bar. On this bar, click FILE
  • Choose EXPORT
  • From the popup window, click JPEG QUALITY and choose the size.
  • Click EXPORT and rename the file and choose the destination (I like it to go to my desktop for easy access, then I can file it where I choose).
  • Finally click OK. 

In Microsoft Windows for PC
  • Open Microsoft Paint.
  • Then open the picture you want to resize.
  • The actual size of the picture in pixels and the file size is shown in the bar (status bar) at the bottom of the screen.
  • To resize the picture, click RESIZE.
  • At the top of this box, you have the option of resizing the picture by percentage or by pixels.
  • No matter which one you choose, make sure the box, MAINTAIN ASPECT RATIO is checked. This will keep your picture from being distorted.
  • After you have adjusted the picture size, click OK.
  • Now Click the PAINT button again, and click SAVE AS and choose a file type. I recommend you rename the file, and then click SAVE. 

If you don’t have either of these programs and have access to the Internet, here are three, free websites that will allow you to resize a photo.

Now it’s your turn, please post any hints or questions in the comments section below.

And don’t forget to join the conversation!


  1. This is very helpful. I took me months of trying before I accidentally got a photo right for Twitter! hanks, Edie.

    1. I know it's frustrating to have to have a certain size and not be able to do it. Thanks for stopping by, Blessings, E

  2. Great information! I use Photo Shop Elements, but sometimes it's a trial and error sort of thing. lol

    1. Photo Shop is a great way to do it, but it's always nice to have some backup ways of doing it. Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings, E

  3. This is the second time this week that I have had sometime encourage me to size my pics correctly! Thank you for he info!

    1. Diane, I'm glad this info is helpful! Thanks so much for taking time to read and comment! Blessings, E

  4. Great tips Edie. It's one of those things I knew how to do, but can easily forget. Thanks for the reminder.