Irfanview in batch mode. Takes a few clicks to resize any number of images.
And the best part..... It's free. :) It has many other features as well. Irfanview is one of the best image utility programs around. For basic image manipulation that most of the population is doing it's really all that is needed.
If you have it, use Photoshop. You can automate a batch to get everything done very quickly. Or, if the images are already compressed well for the web and similar in size, just not exact, you can just use CSS on your page.
in my view the very best software for this is ... smart saver pro by ulead.
you can set up a batch very easily and set the resize to a max width and/or height, thus all your pics of whatever size will be resized to the same height or width.
there is a free 30 trial, i don't know if it's been updated recently but my copy is several years old and works like a dream.
imho the compression is better than photoshop/image ready and easier to use. eg better images with smaller file size.
There is lots of software out there (some free), for batch resizing images. Just try a search on Google.
Painless image resizer
Resize all images with a single click
I use it and I consider it the best... and I have tried quite few.
The nice thing is that it offer high quality resamplers (including Mitchel and B-Spline).
Compared with Irfan, where you have to do a lot of settings before resizing the images, in this tool you just need to click 2 buttons and you are ready to go.
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[edited by: limbo at 12:56 pm (utc) on Jan. 16, 2009]
PS: because I have seen that the "Simple batch process tutorial (Photoshop)" is not that simple as it may require up to 18 steps to do this hilarious simple job, here is my tutorial for Painless image resizer :
1. Navigate to your files
2. Choose new resolution
3. Press Start
Quote from Simple batch process tutorial: "Make yourself a drink, put your feet up watch it happen"
This step is not necessary anymore :)
The program is very fast :)
|require up to 18 steps to do this hilarious simple job |
The first time yes. You need to create an action. After that it's a cinch.
1. Navigate to Batch
2. Choose Action & folder
3. Click go.
Creating the action yourself is advantageous over more basic batching tools because you can stipulate many additional parameters.
i'll second that irfanview recommendation for simple and batch tasks.
i'm not an artist so i don't need much to be happy.
if you're into commandline image processing, check out image magick. it can do alot of things (not just resizing) and can easily be fully automated
I'll second imageMagick ... and throw in the GIMP to boot if you want free and GUI.
Thanks guys fro all the suggestions.
What I really meant to say is what is a good way to get a number of pics ready for a website gallery, so that they are all the same size in pixel dimensions.
The best batch processing software is and has been for many years DeBabelizer.
There is a bit of a learning curve, but it does exactly what you are looking for and much, much more.
Might look at ThumbsPlus. Even has a make gallery function built in.
None of these batch image converters even come close to photoshop. Sure photoshop isn't the easiest or quickest to setup, but once you have done it a few times its second nature.
The images quality and compression is not just miles ahead of most other things, but it also allows you to do basically anything else you are able to do in photoshop and add that to the batch.
|None of these batch image converters even come close to photoshop. |
You have obviously never used DeBabelizer. Its main strength is batch processing. Photoshop is very limited in this regard.
The OP wanted info on the best way to re size a batch of images, nothing else.
Exactly, and photoshop does this.
It also creates both higher quality and better compressed images than even DeBabelizer pro.
(Yes I have tried it)