How To Compress Photos

Dear Computer Lady.

I am an artist and want to send photos to someone who is running an art exhibit.

My jpeg photos can be no larger than 2 MB. All of the jpeg photos on my computer of my art are larger than that.

I understand there is a way to compress them but I don’t know how.
My operating system is windows 7.

Can you help please, Thanks Margaret

Dear Margaret,

What you need is an image program that can resize or resample your images. Make sure you save a copy of your photo in the smaller size as you don’t want to lose the clarity and details in the original.

My preferred program for resizing is Irfanview at:

Once you have downloaded and installed Irfanview, start the program, and click “File” then “Open” to find your photo and open it.

To resize your photo, click on “Image” in the menu bar, then click on “Resize/Resample”.

This will open a dialog box where you can set the new size you want your picture to be. Make sure there is a check mark in front of “Preserve aspect ratio” then change the larger dimension. The smaller dimension will automatically resize as well.

If I am trying to quickly reduce the size of a picture, I will simply click on the “Half” button once or twice and then save it as a new image.



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    • DiggerP
    • December 28, 2016


    My favorite program, for resizing, either in file size and/or dimensions is Riot
    Can be used stand-alone or as a plugin for IrfanView etc
    This will give you more choice as to size and dimensions..


    • DiggerP
    • December 28, 2016


    In followup to my previous answer , please use the Download page
    rather than click the Download on the Home page.
    Again – more choice..

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