5 Image Resizing Tools to Die For

From quick traditional ways, to groundbreaking methods that will blow your mind, here are 5 of the best ways to resize your images.

1. Web-based Intelligent Resizing

The most common ways of image resizing – cropping and basic shrinking/enlarging usually ends up with compromised results – in the form of pictures which are either distorted or eliminate detail. 


rsizr is a web-tool which scans the picture for ‘important’ sections and allows you to manipulate the size of the image by just resizing the picture’s ‘unimportant’ sections. 

See the video below to get a better idea of this awesome technology.  The results are simply amazing. 



2. GIMP Plugin which is aware of your content


If you liked the rsizr technolgy described above and want a desktop version of it…  Try out the Liquid Rescale plugin for GIMP (The open source version of Photoshop).  This will allow you to take the editing offline and is perfect for heavier users.

3. Resize Multiple Images With a Right-Click


Microsoft calls them Power Toys – I call them features which should have been integrated into Windows XP by default. 

Image Resizer is a free piece of software from Microsoft, which helps you resize one or more files from a right click menu directly in Windows Explorer.  This Power Toy only works on XP, and not Vista.

4. The fastest way to create thumbnails


Quick Thumbnail is an online image resizer which bills itself as the fastest way to resize images online.  What I really liked about this service was that you could:

  • Either specify a picture or URL
  • Resize it to common sizes based on different usage (icon, avatar, banner, full monitor resolution etc.)
  • Simultaneously create multiple resized images on the spot (useful when testing various sizes).

5. Change normal images into vector format

One of the biggest advantages vector images have over other file types is the fact that they do NOT distort when resized.  Here’s a good example of what happens when you zoom into a vector image.


Stanford University has recently released a free tool that will actually convert typical images into vector format!  Works best with items without too many gradient colors like photos for example (Still looks great though – but the converted image doesn’t look ‘photo-like’).

Perfect for logos, scanned signatures, or anything which needs to be different sizes at different times.

How do you resize your images?  Let us know in the comments!


15 Responses to “5 Image Resizing Tools to Die For”

  1. A.Faith says:

    GIMP it’s not an open-source Photoshop! it’s an alternative for this program and Adobe it doesn’t have anything to do with this community maintained program, called GIMP.

  2. Syahid A. says:

    Nice list James. No.5 is the most awesome of all. Bitmap to vector is so cool.

  3. James Yeang says:

    A.Faith: You’re right of course. It’s more of an open source alternative to photoshop – but GIMPshop really looks a lot like the real thing :)
    Syahid: Yeah it is…I really love #1 too.

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  6. marklar says:

    I’ve been using the free VSO Image Resizer and I’m quite happy with it.
    But I’ll try some of the above as well. Thanx.

  7. jhay says:

    When I’m on Linux I use GIMP, and on Windows I use Photoshop. But thanks to this list, I can have lighter alternatives.

  8. Simil says:

    I don’t see reshade.com here? It’s free and online, better for photos than for illustrations though.

  9. Deliaresizer says:

    I got the best quality in resizing images using Reshade. First I have tried their online tool and was amazed by the clarity and quality of the pictures that I got. I finally bought the entire software and was impressed by the cheap price and by the quality of the results that I got.

  10. Vlasta says:

    Check out Picture Resizer, it it extremely easy to use (drag files on the tool to resize them; configure size by renaming the tool). And it can also do content-aware resizing -> http://www.rw-designer.com/retarget-image-carving

  11. Laura says:

    Thanks! I’ve been looking for something to do this quickly and easily, without having to open a large program.

  12. Renan says:

    what would really rock would be a firefox plugin, scanning all bitmap images of the webpage, vectorising the verctor-like images (ie math formulas in jpg), and then displays them vector-zoomed when we zoom the page.

    Ie, on this page, this would rock : http://tinyurl.com/2uvqhap

    Yes, i’m french ^^

  13. zinnxx says:

    ??<a href=”http://www.freeimageresizer.net”>free image resizer is totally free, supports lots of formats, works on xp, vista win 7 and win 8

  14. zinnxx says:

    http://www.freeimageresizer.net is totally free, supports lots of formats, works on xp, vista win 7 and win 8

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