Author Topic: Re-sizing and filesize-adjustment with FastStone  (Read 2631 times)

July 13, 2014, 07:37:31 PM
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We have to resize photos to the 1000px max. side length  and  to adjust the file-size to the max 200kb rule for this forum.

If you prefer to do this offline a really good tool for it is FastStone. It's free for private use.

The program offers a lot, so it has some knobs but you will not need most of them. It does batch converting which is a nice feature.

Here is a short description of the screen-copies attached:


1home: the normal viewer interface, nice and tidy. Select a photo, no matter if in full view or as a thumbnail. The program follows the Windows conventions. So you can select several photos by holding down the Ctrl button for batch conversion.
When selection is ready press F3. A window will open

2convert: 1 choose where the resized photos shall be stored. You can unclick this point than the photos will be stored in the place they are. The program will never overwrite anything without asking. 2. If you want to store the photos in the same folder as the originals it makes sense to rename them (again full Windows conventions). If you have set up the program to 1.000px max. side length you can press convert now. If not you must once adapt the resize options - 'Advanced options'.

3advanced: Tons of possibilities but you only need (*) 'Resize based on one side'   Long side = exactly 1.000px. That's it. Ok will store these value until you change them.
When you press ok, the window will close you are back to 2convert and can press convert!

4too-big: Now you go (in FastStone) to the folder where the resized photos are stored. 1. swap to list-view 2. check which files are bigger than 200KB. Highlight them or open them and press Ctrl-s (save as)

5size: The normal Windows 'save as' window will open, click on options and the file format options window will open. 1. Here you can compare the file size before and after (in the windows above you can check the optical results). Move the slider 2. until you get a 'new file size' under 200KB.
Done! Press ok and save.

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LOL..

thank you. BTW - stick is the keyword. One cool feature of faststone is that you can run it from a memory stick without installing the program.

You can simply take  your photos + a good viewer program on a memory stick to your friends or family and show them there without messing with their PC. I've done it, it works great  :)

July 13, 2014, 09:12:04 PM
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July 16, 2014, 09:28:02 AM
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Just downloaded and tried it, easy set up and once set up even easier. Great recommendation Uwe.
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Thank you Ray :)

I am thinking about writing more tutorials for this program because it is so much more than it first looks.

Just give it a try - open a photo in the viewer mode for full view (just double-click on it) and than move the cursor to the left side of the panel. You will get an photo editor for 95% of all jobs you will ever do.

Cropping, rotating, adjustments and so on, basically everything except layer operations.


July 22, 2014, 08:20:42 AM
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I am geek.

July 22, 2014, 10:33:48 AM
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As it wont download at all for me,think I will stick to photoscape for re-sizing  :)

July 22, 2014, 11:45:54 AM
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Hmmm, i have never heard that there were any download problems

Have you tried it here   http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDownload.htm  ?

July 22, 2014, 11:51:54 AM
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Hi Uwe.I have tried it and it still dont want to down load. It keeps saying failed abort now or retry  ???

July 22, 2014, 12:27:43 PM
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Try this on-line foto program to resize.... really quick n easy plus the "beauty" edit is great fun to play with.. I used it on a portrait of the wife and now she looks 20, only problem is she refuses to wear the mask I made out of it.

http://www.fotor.com/editor/index.html

July 22, 2014, 12:32:06 PM
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July 22, 2014, 12:54:22 PM
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Thanks again for that Peter,it looks good playing around with it.

July 22, 2014, 02:46:29 PM
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