How to Batch Resize Photos with Google Picasa

Picasa 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!

Editor Update:

May 1st, 2016, Google retired Picasa. Knowing this, I downloaded the final and latest copy from Google so I could use the app in the future and not break the article below. Windows Download or Mac Download.

Step 1

Google killed its product Picasa earlier in 2016. Download Picasa 3.8 (or later). See the download links above for Mac or Windows.

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

Click 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.


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!


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



  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?


  2. Dr Manas Baisakh

    September 18, 2015 at 4:51 am

    That’s really great piece of information for me and for them who are using Macbook. It’s not possible to use Irfanview on window every time….

  3. sam

    February 17, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    In Oreo. Cick on profile circle where you add the photo. Options, take pic.,or choose photo. I get no pictures on device. I have over 2Gb. Tried adding a picture in into different folders,still can’t choose ANY folder Ideas?

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