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01-01-2012, 17:13
Hi folks,

I have a project to work on, I have a collection of 35 images of people, all different shapes and sizes and qualities. I need to crop and resize them so I end up with 35 photos all the same size and proportions (or at least proportions) so I can paste them into a word document as a profile picture.

I have no idea how to do that, no software that seems to do it, and my usual tech support is pulling their hair out in frustration at not being able to work it out either.

Can any help? There must be some simple way to turn 35 pictures into 35 I.D. style photos?

Many many thanks for any help or advice :)

Laura Borealis
01-01-2012, 17:54
In Photoshop and similar programs you can constrain the proportions of your cropping tool. Is that what you need to do? It sounds like it, but maybe I'm misunderstanding because I can't see tech people not knowing you can do that.

01-01-2012, 19:10
Yeah, that sounds like what is needed. Does anyone know a program that would do the job, other than professional software that I don't want to buy :laugh: It's a one off job, so was hoping to find some free online site or similar.

01-01-2012, 20:14
You could try www.shrinkpictures.com/ but I don't know if you can crop?

Give it a bash?

eta - What about this one, you can crop, resize to a user specified size and add effects... http://fotoflexer.com/

01-01-2012, 22:05
Try picnik - I use it to resize my photos to make avatars, add fx etc. And for free! You can subscribe to get access to more services but I haven't found the need to do that yet.

01-01-2012, 22:35
The best free software I have ever found is this:


It is solid, doesn't crash, is easy to use and resides on your PC/Mac so you are not uploading to a server somewhere on the net which means your images remain yours!

I've used this little bit of software for years and had no problems. You can set the exact size of the final picture either by pixel or mm and save them anywhere with any name. The only drawback is that your original pictures need to be of a uniform size (ie cropped etc) before you resize so that all will be the same size and not distorted at the end.

02-01-2012, 03:44
A word of advice...

When resizing a series of different type pics to a common format, you want to make sure that the FACES are approximately the same size and position in the final product. No matter how different the originals are, if you do this the end result will look good.

I have no advice for tools--I would use Photoshop but I'm guessing you don't have it, and if you don't it would certainly be overkill for a single project.

02-01-2012, 04:59
I'm using IrfanView (freeware) for such straightforward, no-frills picture editing (I actually did a very similar job just a few days ago): http://www.irfanview.net/

Under "Edit" it has "create custom crop selection" that allows you to either set your desired proportions or size and then drag the selection frame and/or make it bigger/smaller. Then you select "crop" and that's it! If necessary, you can also resize the image under "Image" > "Resize/Resample" so all have the same size in the end. (And YES to what annabel398 said!)

02-01-2012, 09:37
Thanks so much everyone, I really appreciate the advise and help :) I'll sit down this afternoon and do some downloading to try these programs.

Thanks so much! :thumbsup:

02-01-2012, 16:14
You can use XNView as well, another freeware: http://www.xnview.com/

02-01-2012, 18:05
Do make sure you have the best RESOLUTION (pixels to the inch) you can manage, or the printed ones may look grainy.