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How to Batch Resize Photos with Google Picasa

Batch Resize Photos in PicasaPicasa 3 is hardwired for sharing via social media, blogs and email. As such, it has a few handy features for batch resizing your photos into more web-friendly file sizes so you can easily email them or share them via dropbox. In this groovyPost, I’ll show you how to quickly and easily create resized versions of Picasa photos without altering the original files for groovy sharing bliss!

Step 1

Download Picasa 3.8 (or later). It’s free at picasa.google.com.

download picasa 3.8 for free

Step 2

From Picasa, select a batch of photos. You can do this by drawing a box around the photos you want to select, or by Clicking the first photo in the series, holding SHIFT and then Clicking the last photo in the series you want to select.

select multiple photos in picasa

Step 3

Click File > Export Picture to Folder. Or, press CTRL + SHIFT + S on the keyboard.

export photos in picasa

Step 4

Choose your export settings:

  • Export location: Browse to a folder where you’d like to save your resized photos. I recommend leaving it at the default, since it’s already in Picasa’s discoverable folder structure.
  • Name of exported folder: Name it whatever you like. However, if you plan on calling it “Resized,” as I intended to, you might want to spell it correctly. Confused smile
  • Image size: Choose Resize to and drag the slider to one of the common settings. I recommend 640 pixels. It’s decently high res, but still astronomically lower than what most digital cameras shoot in by default.
  • Image quality: Leave this at automatic. There’s no need to downgrade the photo quality, since you’re already resizing the photo.
  • Watermark: Optional. We’ll cover this in another groovyTutorial.

Export resized photos in picasa

Cilck Export when you’re all finished.

Step 5

Picasa will blast your resized photos into a new folder. It goes pretty fast, but you can watch the progress in the bottom-right hand corner.

exporting picasa photos

When it’s all done, you can see the new folder it created under the Exports tab on the left, if you left the export folder as the default.

viewing resized photos in picasas

Step 6

If you are curious, you can select a photo and Click View > Properties and check out the difference in file size.

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In this example, we went from 972 KB—almost a megabyte—to just 88 KB. That’ll jive much easier with today’s limited data plans!

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Now that you have your photos resized, it might be handy to . Until then, enjoy your manageably sized Picasa photos.

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2 Responses to How to Batch Resize Photos with Google Picasa

  1. judy thunhorst September 30, 2011 at 5:02 am #

    Just bought an ipad to edit photos. I am devoted to picasa, but am having trouble downloading it and my photos to the ipad. They want $2.99 to download this free ap from itunes. Will the new kindle fire support picasa for free?

    • Steve Krause October 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

      Hmm… That’s a tough one. The good news is the new Kindle is based on the Android OS, from Google who wrote Picasa. So you would hope they would have a better integration than the iPad…. you would hope anyway.

      I guess you could always use Dropbox to move the files around between all the devices. Have you played with Dropbox? Check here – http://www.groovypost.com/dropbox/

      -Steve, groovyPost.com

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