Reducing the Size of a Picture File

This section provides a tutorial example on how to reduce the picture size and file size using 'Paint' program.

Suppose you have a picture downloaded from a digital camera called pic_001.jpg. The file size is about 2,100 KB. This is good for printing a hard copy. But it is too big to put it on your personal Web page. You could use Paint to reduce the picture size and file size.

1. Run Paint.

2. Select Paint menu, then "Open". The open dialog box shows up.

3. Locate the picture file, img8.jpg and click the Open button. Your picture will be loaded into Paint.

4. Look the status line near the bottom line. You see an icon and "1920 x 1200px". This tells you that the picture is 2592 pixels wide and 1944 pixels high.

5. Select menu "Home > Resize". You see the "Resize and Skew" dialog box showing up.

6. Enter 25% in Horizontal Stretch and Vertical Stretch fields and click the OK button. The picture will be reduced to 25% of its original size as shown in the picture below:
Paint - Reducing Picture Size

7. Click the OK button on the dialog box to reduce the picture size to 25% in both directions. The resulting size will be about 480x300 pixels.

8. Select the Paint menu, then "Save", to save the picture with the reduced size.

9. Look at the picture file, img8.jpg, again. The file size is reduced to 67KB.

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Microsoft Windows

 Introduction to Windows Explorer

 Introduction to Internet Explorer

"Paint" Program and Computer Graphics

 Introduction to "Paint" - The Simplest Graphics Tool

 Dots, Pixels, Colors and Resolution

Reducing the Size of a Picture File

 Converting File Format from GIF to JPG/JPEG

 GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

 JPEG Image File Format Quality and Size

 GIF Image File Format and Transparent Background

 "WinZip" - ZIP File Compression Tool

 "WinRAR" - RAR and ZIP File Compression Tool

 FTP Server, Client and Commands

 "FileZilla" - Free FTP Client and Server

 Web Server Log Files and Analysis Tool - "Analog"

 Spyware Adware Detection and Removal

 IE Addon Program Listing and Removal

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Setting Up and Using Crossover Cable Network

 Home Network Gateway - DSL Modem/Wireless Router

 Windows Task Manager - The System Performance Tool

 "tasklist" Command Line Tool to List Process Information

 "msconfig" - System Configuration Tool

 Configuring and Managing System Services

 Windows Registry Key and Value Management Tools

 Startup Programs Removal for Better System Performance

 Winsock - Windows Sockets API

 Java on Windows

 Glossary of Terms

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version