How to Resize and/or Send Photos

Ideal photo size is 640×480. Any larger photos will end up shrunk down anyway and will only cause you problems with uploading or emailing.

If you know for sure that your photos are already 640×480, it’s easiest to just email them.

How to check photo size

There are 3 quick ways to find out what size your photo is:

  1. If you’re using Windows XP, you can simply move the little mouse arrow over the photo icon, and it should tell you the size (photo needs to be on your desktop or in a folder on your desktop, and not a “shortcut”)
  2. Right click on the photo icon and choose “Properties”, then select the “Summary” tab
  3. Double click on a photo to open it, then right click on the photo, and left click on properties. It should tell you how many pixels wide and high the photo is.

How to resize photos

If you don’t have a photo editing program, here’s the easiest way to resize photos. It’s a Microsoft program you can download for free that works with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

Windows users follow these steps:

Click on the “download program” link to the right of your operating system below:

 Windows Operating Systems 
  Vista & Windows 7»download program«
  Vista (64 bit) & Windows 7 (64 bit)»download program«

Click “Run”, and follow the installation instructions.

Once it’s installed on your computer, all you will have to do to resize a photo is right-click on the icon of the photo (you don’t even have to open it) and

Windows XP: select “Resize Pictures”, and choose “Small 640×480”.

Vista & Windows 7: click “Advanced”, then “Custom” and enter the size “640×480”.

The program will make a copy of the photo for you that is the smaller size, and your original photo will remain unchanged. Your new photo will be in the same folder, and it’s label will be the same as the original, with the added word “(small)”.