How to Resize Images: 5 Free and Easy Tools

Need to resize photos of your artworks to meet CaFÉ’s portfolio requirements*? Want to do it quickly and painlessly? Here are 5 free and easy tools to resize your images without losing quality.


1. Preview

If you own a Mac, you’re in luck! You already have a convenient photo editor on your computer – Preview. Select “Adjust Size” under Tools to change the dimensions and resolution. Avoid warping and retain your image’s original proportions by checking “Scale proportionally” and “Resample image.”


2. Paint

If you own a PC, you have a pre-installed editing program at your fingertips – Paint. Easily set your size in pixels and click “Maintain aspect ratio” to avoid image distortion. A more robust version of Paint is now available for free download, Paint.NET.


3. GIMP

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a great alternative to Photoshop if you don’t need all of Adobe’s powerful offerings. GIMP is a free open-source application with professional-level editing and retouching tools, and it’s available for both Mac and PC. It’s fast, small to install (spare your hard drive!), customizable, and very user friendly. You can download GIMP here.


4. Simple Image Resizer

Simple Image Resizer does one thing, and one thing well, resize. It’s best used when in a hurry. Simply upload your image, select “dimensions,” enter the desired width or height, click “Resize” and tah-dah – you have a proportionate, resized image ready to download. This tool is available as a Google Chrome extension and mobile friendly. Access the tool here.


5. Pic Resize

Need to upload multiple images to your CaFÉ™ Portfolio? Don’t want to edit them all individually? Batch resize your images with Pic Resize. Upload multiple images, select your size preference, and click “Submit Batch Job!”. Unfortunately cropping and special effects are not supported by Batch Resize mode and must be done individually in Normal Mode. Start your batch upload here.


For more helpful online image editors, check out CaFÉ’s Media Prep page.

*To upload an image to your CaFÉ™ Portfolio, it must be:

  • JPEG only
  • No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
  • 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
  • 5 MB maximum

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Very often career advice for artists is heavy on the marketing and selling angle. The reality is that most artists want to focus on making art first, developing a new body of work, and getting exposure. We recognize that marketing and branding may not be your go-to skill set and certainly not at the top of your to-do list. You’re just not that kind of artist and that’s okay. For you we’ve put together a best of the web collection on advise from other artists that focus on making art. And making good art leads to opportunities.

 

 

 

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  • Unbreakable. This article at Grid on ceramic artist Stefani Threet is both inspiring and motivational. Stefani is overcoming adversity by focusing on what is most meaningful to her as an artist – “She wants to help other people to connect and find art as a way to enhance life.”

 

  • Don’t be afraid to take risks. Made Here is an amazing documentary series and website focusing on performing artists based in New York City. Each episode features an honest and candid view on the issues facing artists. There are so many to choose from! Here’s one on process.