Q. Help! I need to resize a photo and I have no idea how to do it. I want to use a photo as my Facebook cover photo but Facebook says that the image I am trying to use is the wrong size. How can I change the size of a photo and what’s the difference between resizing and cropping a photo?
A. Part of the fun of tech is adding images to put your personal touch on your Facebook account, other social media websites, greeting cards, coffee mugs, t-shirts, business cards and other places. But often your image needs to be a specific size before you upload it. If the idea of resizing an image befuddles you, don’t worry. Resizing an image takes just a few minutes and is free!
When You Might Need to Resize an Image
In addition to resizing images for your Facebook cover photos, you may need to do resize them for Twitter header images, desktop wallpaper, collages, invitations, and more.
Resizing images can also be helpful for sending photos in email attachments and in text messages. The smaller the image, the faster it will load on websites and the less data you’ll use if you’re sending the image from your phone when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi.
How to Resize an Image in 3 Easy Steps
1. Go to PicMonkey.
2. Upload a photo from your computer.
3. Click Resize, pick your dimensions and click Apply.
You can resize an image on PicMonkey by entering the exact dimensions you want or by entering a percentage. You can keep the image proportions the same or uncheck the box and change the proportions.
[tip]For a Facebook cover photo you should resize your photo to 851 x 315 pixels.[/tip]
After you’re done, you can save your creation to use on Facebook or wherever else you want to use it.
There are other methods of resizing an image using Microsoft Paint, Adobe Photoshop, iPhoto and other software. But PicMonkey is free (for resizing and most of its editing features), doesn’t require you to download software, and is accessible anywhere you have Internet.
My full review of PicMonkey: PicMonkey – Make the Most of Your Pictures.
Cropping vs. Resizing
Cropping an image is when you only want to use part of an image. Resizing an image means taking the entire image and making it larger or smaller in size.
While in PicMonkey you can perform other many other edits such as adding text, layering images, adding effects, framing your image and more. PicMonkey often has seasonal effects such as Winterland and Santa Land to help you enhance your photos.
If you don’t like your editing results, just click the Undo arrow at the top of the screen. or reload an image to start from scratch
Someday you may need to resize an image for a social media site, email attachment, personalized gift or other purpose. Use PicMonkey to resize your images quickly and easily.
Did you know how to resize images? What is your favorite way of resizing an image? Have you ever used PicMonkey? Let us know in the Comments section below!