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JeanmarieTodd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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.


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  • 1. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5 (6,315 points)

    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.

  • 2. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    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?

  • 3. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5 (6,315 points)

    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

  • 4. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    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...

  • 5. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5 (6,315 points)

    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.

  • 6. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

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

     

    LN

  • 7. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    JeanmarieTodd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank-you. I'm not familiar with Graphic Converter, but I'll look for it.

    I edit stories and photos for a jobs board, using Wordpress. I used to use Piknik (not sure of spelling) but then Google acquired it and I don't know what happened to it but I understand it's not available like it used to be. I need to resize photos to one of two different sizes, either 250 x 200 pixels, or 250 x 148 pixels, 72 dpi. Sometimes a photo may need to be cropped, too. It's awkward to say the least to have to crop in one program and resize in another, and some programs (I'm experimenting with Acorn on a free trial) don't seem to let you control all the parameters.

     

    Message was edited by: JeanmarieTodd

  • 8. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    JeanmarieTodd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the input, everyone.

  • 9. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

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

  • 10. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5 (6,315 points)

    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.

  • 11. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    JeanmarieTodd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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

     

    Yes you can, but it's not very precise. Large, small, medium, etc., don't help. I need to be able to resize to specific dimensions, 250 x 200 and 250 x 148 pixels, at 72 dpi.

     

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

     

    The problem is that I'm not sure how to crop to be able to resize to the desired dimensions without distorting the aspect ratio. I seem to remember Picnik had a way to let me kind of feel my way through to get both the crop and resizing right, all in one program, so I didn't have to make any "final" decisions until everything was right.

     

    So I think I'll check out Graphic Converter. It's tax deductible, I guess, since I'm a contractor. Thanks again.

  • 12. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    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

  • 13. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    JeanmarieTodd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, LarryHN, I will try it.

  • 14. Re: can i resize photos in iPhoto?
    j-andrea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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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