Quick JPEG Resize and Crop 1.4

This program is useful for quickly resizing and cropping JPEG pictures.  It can also be used to open other kinds of image files and save them as JPEGs, and pictures can be pasted in from the clipboard and saved as JPEG files.  It requires windows XP or later and also requires the Microsoft .net framework 3.5, which can be installed from the Microsoft web site if necessary.  


Selecting an Image

There are four ways to select an image:

  1. Run the program from the Programs menu or from a desktop icon and open a file from the File menu.  Note: a desktop icon is not created during installation. If you want one, run the program and choose “Create Shortcut on Desktop” from the file menu.

  2. Run the program from the Programs menu or from a desktop icon and drag a file from Windows Explorer to the picture area on the window.

  3. Drag a file from Windows Explorer to the program’s desktop icon.

  4. Paste in a picture from the clipboard (Paste menu item or ctrl-V).

You can open multiple files by dragging them to the program icon or to the picture box when the program is already open.  After saving a file, the next one will be opened automatically.  If a picture that is opened has the same dimensions as the previous one, a "Previous Value" option is available for resizing.  So if you have a batch of pictures of the same size, you can quickly resize one and then perform the same resize operation on the next one.  Note that if you crop or rotate a picture the Previous Value option will not be available for the next one since the dimensions have been changed.

Selecting a new Size

You can select one of the preset sizes (800x600, 1600x1200, or 1920x1440), or specify your own size by entering a width and height (in pixels) in the Custom setting.  If the aspect ratio is not 4:3, the preset choices are disabled and you have to enter a custom value. The custom width and height are initially set to the original size of the image.  When you enter a width or height, the other is adjusted to maintain the aspect ratio of the picture. 

Cropping an Image

To crop an image, first create a cropping rectangle, which shows the area of the picture which will be retained. Do this by clicking the left mouse button where the top left corner of the cropping rectangle is to go on the image, and dragging the mouse down and to the right with the button still held down.  You can also create a cropping rectangle by entering values in the crop boxes.   Once the rectangle is created, it can be moved and resized either with the mouse or by entering values in the appropriate fields.

Resizing and Cropping in a Single Operation

The Target Size option allows you to resize the image and set the cropping area in a single operation.  Suppose you have a picture you want to use as your desktop background.  Enter your desktop size as your target size and click the "Resize and Set Crop Rectangle" button.  The picture will be resized and a cropping rectangle set.  You can then move the rectangle around to the desired place and click the Crop button.  As an example, suppose your original image is 4000x3000 and your desktop is 1920x1080.  After entering 1920x1080 and clicking the button, the picture would be resized to 1920x1440, retaining the original aspect ratio. The cropping rectangle width would be set to the width of the new size (1920) and the height of the cropping rectangle set to the desired height (1080).  You can then slide the rectangle up and down to the desired cropping position and click the Crop button.

Saving the Resized Image

There are three Save buttons.  The bottom one acts as a conventional Save As..., prompting for a file name.  The middle button saves the resized image in the same folder as the original file, using the same file name, but with "_rsz" appended.  (So for example a file called Picture1.jpg would be saved as Picture1_rsz.jpg.)  This saves having to go through the Save As dialog box, which can be tedious if you are resizing a lot of files. The top button overwrites the original file.

Quality Setting

The Quality Setting determines how much compression is applied when saving.  Lowering the quality gives a smaller file size at the expense of a reduction in picture quality.

Getting the program

This program is available on many shareware/freeware sites.  Be careful - some of these sites have old versions and some of them add unwanted extras.  One source which seems reliable is Softpedia.  The link to the program on Softpedia is Here.