Resize Sense: Tips
This page describes how to perform several common tasks with Resize Sense. Only the resizing configuration is described. See the Quick Start Guide for the general workflow description.
Reduce image size by half
Choose the resizing type Fixed width and/or height. Enter 50 as the width or height, or both. Choose the size unit percent.
Crop images without resizing
Choose the resizing type Crop only. To crop freely, uncheck the Constrain original aspect ratio option, and leave both "ratio" input fields empty. To crop with a specific aspect ratio, such as 4/3, enter this ratio. You can also constrain the original image aspect ratio.
Prepare for a 4x6 print
- Choose the resizing type Fixed dimensions. Alternatively, if it is important which dimension is width and which is height (in other words, if the images should be either in landscape or portrait orientation), choose the resizing type Fixed width and/or height.
- Enter 4 and 6 in the dimensions input fields.
- Choose the size unit in.
- Set the resolution to 300.
- Set the resolution unit to pixels per inch.
- If Preview reports that the image is too small for the requested size, try to decrease the resolution to 200, then (if still too small) to 150. If the image is still too small, it is probably not a good idea to print it at this size, because a visible quality degradation is possible.
- Adjust the crop manually if it improves the composition.
Save in multiple sizes/formats
Sometimes it is useful to save every image in multiple sizes, and possibly also formats. For example, if you have an online photo gallery, you are likely to always save every image in at least two sizes: the full size and the thumbnail. You probably save both in JPEG, but might want to reduce the JPEG quality (increase compression) for thumbnails to speed up the web page loading. Resize Sense helps to automate all these tasks:
- Create a size preset for every required size (full size and thumbnail). Use the Fixed width and/or height or Fixed dimensions resizing types if the size is fixed, or Fit to width and/or height or Fit to dimensions if you only need to specify the bounds. With presets, you will not need to enter these size configurations manually every time when updating the gallery.
- If using different JPEG compression or file naming rules for the full images and thumbnails, also define the corresponding saving presets, and assign them to the size presets.
- In the Presets mode, add the created size presets to the "Applied Presets" list.
- If needed, you can adjust the crop & straighten settings for every image and every preset.
- Save the images, using tokens to generate unique file names for the full and thumbnail images. Do not worry about this if you have assigned saving presets to the size presets (only make sure you do not ignore them).
Create frames around images
Resize Sense does not have a special framing feature. However, you can enclose images in simple rectangular frames with a solid color using the Add borders for large images setting.
Set the image size larger than the original. The easiest way suitable for variable sizes is to define the size in percents (set it to over 100%). Then choose Add borders for the If original image is too small setting. Choose the desired frame color as Border color. Save, and you will get framed images.
For example, using the Fixed width and/or height resizing type, set the width to 110%, and leave the height blank. This will create a frame whose horizontal borders are 5% of the image height and vertical borders are 5% of the image width each. If the borders must have the same size, you will probably need to calculate sizes manually and configure the width and height separately, unless the images are square.