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How to resize an image using GIMP


Imagine the scenario.  You are trying to upload a picture to a website but the picture resolution is too high and the size of the file is also too high.  So what do you do? Today I will show you how to resize an image using GIMP.

GIMP is an open source picture editing and manipulation tool that can be run on Linux, Windows and OS X.  You can take a picture and resize, crop and edit in a thousand different ways to your hearts content.  Think open source Photoshop and you would not be far wrong.

For the purpose of this tutorial I will be using the Linux version of GIMP on Linux Mint 12.  I will be taking a file that has a resolution of 1440 * 900 and size 1.8Mb and reducing it 800*600 and less than 200Kb.

Open up GIMP and go to File – Open to choose your image.  Click on your image and then click open.

So lets sort out the resolution first.  Go to Image – Scale Image to get the screenshot below.

Change the Width value to 800 and the Height value to 600 (hence 800*600 resolution) and click Scale.

Now onto the size of the file.  Go to File – Save As pick a name and location for your image and then click save.  You should then be presented with the box below.

Click the box next to Show preview in image window as this will show you the image size and move the Quality slider left and right until you get the required file size.  So mine would look like:

When you have the required file size click Save and voila your image will now have a resolution of 800*600 and be less than 200Kb in size.

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Hi I am Chris the owner of ComTech. I provide IT Support, Laptop repairs and Computer repairs to both personal and business clients in and around Stirling. For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find my blog, testimonials, services and much more.  Start supporting a local business today so I can start supporting you.

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Is Microsoft Windows the only way?


Here is a thought for you. Ask your average user what is a computer and there is a good chance the answer will be Windows. You see Windows and computers have become intertwined to such an extent that the average user doesn’t know anything different. Some might know about Mac but here is another one – Linux.

Linux is open source, that is all the code is freely available to anyone who wants it. You can modify it to your hearts content but you must also make your code freely available to anyone else that wants it. This provides a vibrant community where all the best ideas get used and the poorer ones get left at the wayside.

But what about all my applications like Microsoft Office? Linux has literally thousands of applications available. If you use Microsoft Office then try Open Office or AbiWord. If you use Internet Explorer then try Firefox. You see you can accomplish almost everything on Linux that you can on Windows. I say almost everything. For instance ITunes does not work on Linux (I have never been able to get it to work but will stand corrected if someone else can).

So why should you try Linux?

1. It is free. There are no licence fees. You can install Linux as many times as you want without having to pay a fee every time.

2.No Viruses. That is not totally true. There is a miniscule amount of viruses around for Linux but nothing compared to Windows. Most viruses are written for Windows.

3. Customize. You can change almost every part the operating system to suit your own purpose (if you choose) or leave it as it is.

4. It is stable.  You will spend less time fixing your system than you will with Microsoft Windows.

5. Easy to use.  I use Linux Mint 12 which is very stable, easy to use and I would recommend it to anyone as a desktop system.

Check out www.distrowatch.com for all available downloads for Linux. So there you have it. Welcome to the world of Linux.  Why not give it a try?

About the Author

Hi I am Chris the owner of ComTech. I provide IT Support, Laptop repairs and Computer repairs to both personal and business clients in and around Stirling. For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find my blog, testimonials, services and much more.  Start supporting a local business today so I can start supporting you.

If you found this blog useful then why not sign up to my RSS Feed for news, tutorials, views and general techie stuff!!

 

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