Here we have an explanation on resizing images using Pixlr. This can be either for images automatically upload from our site or ones you have uploaded to Pixlr yourself. If working on your own image we strongly suggest you use a copy so your original image is kept safe. For those who prefer to watch rather than read there is a short video towards the end of this video giving the same information.
There are three different way to resize an image in Pixlr, which method you use will depend on the exact nature of the resizing.
Image Resize (Best used when proportions are to be kept the same).
To used this method simply click on Image in the top bar and then Image Size… This is best used when you are making the image smaller AND keeping it’s proportions. It is good therefore for shrinking A4 landscape images to A5, A6 and 7×10 etc. Same with portrait. Depending on the design you make get away with making a small change in the proportions but that is the exception rather than the rule. To keep the proportions the same ensure you have the Constrain proportions box ticked.
Now this method is like taking a pair of scissors and cutting off one or more edges of the sheet. Your sheet ends up smaller, the image on the sheet remains the same size but you will obviously lose pieces of it. Which pieces you actually lose will to some extent be your choice. To use this method again select Image from the top bar and this time chose Canvas Size…. You will see a small option box appear. Use this to choose the size of your finished sheet and where it should be taken from. In the example on the left you will see I have chosen to make it a square 900px x 900 px (6″ x 6″) sheet which will be taken from the center of the image. There are 9 different places you can choose to take the selection from. Obviously using this method you don’t have to keep the image in proportion but you will be losing at least some of you image. This can be a great method of taking a small bit of an image and using it as a border or such like (see below).
Cropping an Image.
Cropping is very similar to Canvas size. You will find the cropping tool in the top left of the tools bar. Once selection you will find some choices for Constraint appear in the options bar. There are 3 options:
- No Restriction. You can use the cropping tool on your image to make any selection you like. Once done click on the cropping tool again and you will be asked if you want to complete the action.
- Aspect ratio. You can use the two boxes to the right of this option to choose an aspect ratio. This time when you use the cropping tool on the image you will find it is restrcted. e.g. if you choose a ratio of 1/1 then you will find you are restricted to a square.
- Out put size. This is a very useful option but needs to be used carefully. You can choose the size you want your finished sheet to be no matter what size area you select (although your ratio will be limited. Whilst this is tremendously useful it does mean, if you choose a very small area, but ask it to make a large sheet out od it, you will loose quality in your image. It is best, if possible to select an area which is at least as big, or bigger, than the sheet you have asked it to make for you.
Well hope this gives you plenty of information on on resizing images in Pixlr.. Best to have a play with it but remember to keep your original image safe!
Below is a short(is) video giving mostly the same information.
Table of Image Sizes using a resolution of 150px (for 300dpi just double the figures)
Resizing Images Using Pixlr. Conclusion.
We hope you have enjoyed this brief tutorial on Resizing Images Using Pixlr. Although it may seem slightly complicated a little practice will have you resizing images in seconds. Printer ink is very expensive and better to resize on the computer and just print out what you need.