Size and Resize an Image Like a Pro

Size and Resize an Image Like a Pro
July 26, 2017 PicMonkey

Making sure your images aren’t too big or too small (and still look stunning) can be downright tricky. Social media sites have their own specifications. Printing projects often require the dreaded pixel/inch conversion calculation. Sending giant image files will get you new email enemies. That’s why PicMonkey’s image resizer and other nifty tools are here. Together, they’ll ensure your images are the perfect size for every purpose.

Pixels and inches

Figure out how to resize an image for printing with PicMonkey's tools.

Get sizing right so you don’t end up handing out a business card with your most important info cut off.

Figuring out how many pixels are in an inch can feel a lot like figuring out how many jelly beans are in a jar. If you need a specific size for your printables (like the perfect wallet size photo dimensions) get rid of the guesswork with our handy pixels to inches chart, which provides suggested image sizes in pixels for common photo sizes in inches and ISO standards. We even tell ya how to calculate them yourself, in both inches and centimeters.

Cropping to specific image sizes

Cropping photos of your last road trip in a vintage convertible is easy with free online photo resizing tools.

The Crop tool lets you recompose the photo and change the orientation in addition to choosing the size.

Looking to crop your image to the just-right dimensions? Open your image in the editor and find Crop in the Edits tab:

  • Use the preset crop proportions in the drop-down menu to accurately crop your image. (We’ve got standard printing sizes and screen sizes all set up for you.)
  • Get specific with pixels in the Actual Size fields.
  • Use the Rotate crop button below the Actual Size fields to go from a horizontal to vertical (or vice versa) cropping area.

Resize an image without cropping

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The Resize tool keeps the aspect ratio the same and changes width and height proportionately.

If cropping isn’t what you’re looking for, and you want to keep every part of your purdy image while getting it down (or up) to size, head to Resize in the Edits tab. Use the checkbox to specify pixels or percentages and play with your image’s proportions. Checking the Keep proportions box will automatically update the height or width when you modify one or the other, so your design stays “as is” as you size it up (or down).

Sizing for social media

crop your photos to the right size for social sharing

Get to know social media sizes so your posts look their best.

Social media is the 2-year-old child of photo sizes. It doesn’t like certain dimensions, and even if you make it sit at the table long past dinner, it’s still not going to eat them. To make sure your photos look drop-dead gorgeous on all of your social media channels while avoiding the dreaded “file too small” or “file too large” messages, visit our chart of common social media image sizes, then crop and resize away. 

Don’t feel like thinking about it? Use the Crop function in the Edits tab and select your desired social media size (e.g. Facebook Cover Photo, Pinterest Pin) from the drop-down menu of preset crop proportions. You can also use our Facebook Cover Maker to amp up your social media game without worrying about image sizes. When starting a blank canvas on PicMonkey Mobile, you’ll find pre-configured social media sizes by tapping the Size icon.

Save images as the right size

The war between file sizes and image quality may never end, but we’re proposing a ceasefire. When you click Export on the top toolbar in the editor, you’ll have the option to save it as a JPEG, PNG, or PDG file. In the JPEG option you’ll notice three quality levels:

  1. Low: Not great quality, tiny file size
  2. Medium: Great quality, good file size
  3. High: Gorgeous, but large file size

You’ll also notice that the file size is displayed right above the Export to computer button. Select the option that offers the ideal balance between image quality and image size for your purpose, and rest assured that your file size is juuuust right.

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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make good pictures and take over the world.