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can i resize photos in iPhoto?

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JeanmarieTodd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 14, 2012 5:04 PM

Can I resize photos in iPhoto? I can only see how to crop. If iPhoto can't do it, is there a recommended free (or inexpensive) software for simple editing such as resizing and cropping?  Thanks much.

iMac G5 (20-inch), Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5 (6,315 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 5:24 PM (in response to JeanmarieTodd)

    You can resize in iPhoto, but it's a crazy way to do it. You must use the File/Export.

    As an Example:

    Screen Shot 2012-11-14 at 8.19.47 PM.png

     

    I like using Graphic Converter, but I don't think it's free anymore. Maybe a free trial.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 12:55 AM (in response to Joe Gramm)

    Not sure why you think that's crazy. iPhoto preserves the original file, right? So, if you resized the image in iPhoto then you would have two copies who's only difference was size. Waste of space. Why would you want a smaller size? It will be for a particular purpose: so export at that size, use the export and then trash it. No waste of space.

     

    No?

  • Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5 (6,315 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 4:23 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    First, "crazy" wasn't the best description to use and you make all valid points. But I meant it in one sense. Cropping is so simple in iPhoto. I use Graphic Converter and Photoshop Express and iPhoto is my go to App for cropping.

     

    The only time I ever need to resize an image is for use in iWeb. For the web it seems you want the highest quality image with the smallest bits. With Graphic Converter, not only does it do that, but it tells me what it's doing.

     

    If all you want to do is resize an image an not be concerned about the data associated with it other that it's dimensions, then iPhoto is perfectly fine.

    But I do wish iPhoto had it's own Edit option for Size vs the Export option.  Just on users opinion.

     

    Graphic Converter

    Screen Shot 2012-11-15 at 6.53.14 AM.png

    And the Save Options

    Screen Shot 2012-11-15 at 6.53.51 AM.png

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 4:20 AM (in response to Joe Gramm)

    Re: Graphic Converter: Absolutely. That's another example of two things: pay more for more options and that fine control is beyond the scope of iPhoto's target user...

  • Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5 (6,315 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 4:29 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    I updated my post since your reply.

     

    The target user is a person like jeammarieTodd that didn't know to resize the photo by exporting it.

     

    That's exactly why I think "Size or Scale" need it's own menu option.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,900 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 12:31 PM (in response to Joe Gramm)

    Suggest to Apple. IPhoto menu ==> provide iPhoto feedback

     

    LN

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 3:58 PM (in response to JeanmarieTodd)

    You can resize the images in Wordpress when you've uploaded them.

  • Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5 (6,315 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 4:02 PM (in response to JeanmarieTodd)

    iPhoto will let you crop and then File/Export to resize. I think iPhoto automatically converts to 72 DPI.

     

    The only advantage to Graphic Converter is you can really get the file size lower (in megabits) and removal of meta data where they load faster in a website.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,900 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 4:26 PM (in response to JeanmarieTodd)

    Easy in iPhoto

     

    Crop to the dimensions you want (250x200 for example) and export (file menu ==> export) using a custom size setting the max dimension to what you want (250 in this example)

     

    LN

  • j-andrea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 24, 2014 5:25 PM (in response to JeanmarieTodd)

    Need help resizing PHOTO THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN CROPPED AND EXPORTED FROM ORIGINAL

     

    Here is steps;

    Opened original photo, did some retouches, then cropped the item, then exported to desktop.

     

    Now I would like to resize this photo, the entire photo.

    How do I do this in iphoto or in another program with out having to purchase or download a trial offer.

     

    Any suggestions?

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