Editing an image is, nowadays, an almost daily thing. Adding filters on Instagram, retouching a selfie before uploading it, creating cover images for Twitter or Facebook… Apps like Snapchat and Instagram, but also image sharing services like Tumblr, Imgur and Flickr live from strong visuals.
However, not everyone can afford to have Photoshop installed on their computer. Let alone the limited space on your phone that is too precious to be used for the one millionth app. Luckily, you can edit and manipulate photos online!
But sometimes, image editing needs are quite simple: all you need is to resize your image, make it bigger or smaller.
You don’t need elaborate image editing for this. With Online-Convert.com you can not only convert your images, e.g. from camera RAW to JPG, but do a quick resizing as well!
Increase Image Size Or Make An Image Smaller
But why would you do that? Well, the answer is easy and diverse:
Image size restrictions on social media (Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)
Image too small for Facebook or YouTube cover
Image too big to send as an e-mail attachment
Not wanting to share image in full resolution
If one or more or completely different reasons apply to you, you will surely enjoy our tutorial on how to increase or decrease image sizes online. It’s done quickly and easily using the free online service of Online-Convert.com.
How is the resizing done? By changing the image dimensions, of course! Check out our tutorial:
1. Upload your image
Choose an image converter like Convert To JPG. There, you can upload an image from your computer or phone, enter the URL to an image, or choose an image from Dropbox or Google Drive.
2. Change the dimension
Now you can change the dimension of your image. In the two fields next to “Change Size:” you can specify the desired width and/or height of your image. The format is width x height.
Note that up-scaling an image goes hand in hand with quality loss! Thus, you should increase the size of an image ever so slightly to make sure that the quality stays close to the original.
3. Convert and download your resized image
Now, all you have to do is click on “Convert file” and wait a little until your download starts.
In just three steps you can decrease or increase the size of your image! Give it a try, because next to being quick and online, this service is also cost-free!
There are so many different image file formats on the web. JPG, NEF, BMP, WEBP. Some are transparent, some are animated. Some can be scaled easily, others lose quality when scaling.
We at Online-Convert.com get many questions about image files and image file conversion from our users. To bring some light into the darkness, we present you with answers to the most frequently asked questions about image file conversion.
Image Converter FAQs
Why Do I Need An Image File Converter?
There are several reasons for why you may have to convert images from one format to the other. Depending on your needs, the needs of your friends or customers, or depending on the programs you use for viewing or editing images, certain image file formats will not cut it.
Here are some of the most popular reasons why to use an online image converter to convert your images into another format.
EPS (common and widely distributed format by Adobe)
SVG (common vector image format)
ICO (Windows Desktop Icons)
For sharing, sending and uploading to social media and the web, we suggest using the JPG converter or the PNG converter if the image contains transparency. Animated GIFs can be converted and created using the GIF converter.
To convert vector images into a widely supported format, convert them to SVG. And to create your own Windows desktop icons out of any graphic, use the ICO converter.
What Are Raster And Vector Images?
Now you know about some of the most common image file formats. But what exactly does vector and raster image mean and what distinguishes those two formats?
Most images you will come across are raster images. In these files, the image or photo information is saved for each pixel in the image. Contrary to that, vector images store image data using mathematical formulas. What does that mean?
In short: Raster images can only be scaled down aka made smaller. When you want to increase the size of a raster image, you have to expect a, more or less, loss in quality. Vector images can be scaled up without a problem and thus made bigger and smaller without losing the quality of the image.
If you are familiar with Online-Convert.com’s free image converter, you have also already noticed the optional settings provided when converting your image. Next to converting your picture or photo into another format, you can use these options for some basic image editing.
But what are these options good for?
This is the question we will answer for you today! There is a set of optional settings you can use when converting your image to JPG, TIFF, WEBP or even animated GIF. The options are all the same, except for ICO which we will have a look at at the end of the article as well.
Optional Settings For Image Conversion
These are the optional settings you can choose from when using one of the Online-Convert.com image converters. Lets go through them one after the other. Of course, we will also provide you with visuals to see the difference between single options!
Rather self-explanatory, this option changes the size of the target file. The format is the following: width x height
Entering one value, either for width or height, will proportionally change the other value as well. This way, the dimension of the image will stay the same.
Setting both values will cause the image to be scaled to fit them both. The resulting image will be distorted according to the values set:
Color, just like the name suggests, changes the colors of the uploaded image. There are six predefined options to choose from: Colored, Gray, Monochrome, Negate, Year 1980 and Year 1900. Only one of the options can be chosen.
In this case, a picture tell you more than words can, thus here’s an overview of what the different color options do to your picture:
The options given under enhance will add to the image quality. There are, again, six options to choose from: Equalize, Normalize, Enhance, Sharpen, Antialias and Despeckle. Here, however, several options can be selected and thus the effects they have can be mixed.
DPI stands for “dots per inch” and in the image it denotes the amount of dots in a line with a size of one inch. There are a few common DPI values used for images, however, you can choose the number freely.
Making use of all these options provides you with some basic image editing options for your images. Lets have a look how an image with several options set will turn out:
Options For ICO Conversion
Last but not least, let’s have a look at the optional settings available for ICO conversions.
The only options available for ICO are “Change Size” and DPI. The reason for this is that ICO files are not typically used as normal image extensions. It’s rather a file format used to display programs, folders, etc. on a computer that runs with Microsoft Windows.