How to resize your photos with Fotosizer

Pictures that come off of today's digital devices are very large and take up lots of storage space.  Using a program like Fotosizer, we can shrink them down to a more manageable size while allowing them to still look good on a screen.

You can find Fotosizer by click on the Start Menu > All Programs > Fotosizer > Fotosizer.  If you do not have Fotosizer install on your computer, please submit a help desk ticket.

Below is a walkthrough of Fotosizer.  If you want a quick how-to shrink your pictures while overwriting the originals all in one process, click here.

The first thing to do is select what pictures we want to resize.  You have two options: You can either add an entire folder of pictures that you want to resize, or you can add individual pictures.

  • To add a folder, click on the Add folder button and navigate to the folder you want to add and click Ok.  You will see all of the pictures show up in the image list.  If you have your pictures organized in sub-folders, it will dig into them as well.  So if you have your pictures nicely organized it will preserve your work.
  • To add individual pictures, click on Add Images and find your picture(s) you want to add and click Ok.
  • You can also drag folders and files from Windows directly into the program if you want as well.

The next thing is to set the size.  By default it will select the same size as your screen.  For the majority of uses that is sufficient.  Make sure the 'Maintain Aspect Ratio' box is checked.  If it is not checked, your pictures may become distorted.

The final step is to tell the program where to put your resized pictures.  Scroll down to the bottom using the scroll bar on the right.

  • The first part is to tell it where to put the pictures.  You can either put them in the same folder as the original, or tell it somewhere else.  If you want to place them in the same folder as the original, select the option [Same as Original].  If you want to put them somewhere else, click the folder icon next to the menu and find the folder you want to put it in.
    • If you have pictures located in several folders and you want to maintain the same organization, check the box that says 'Duplicate source image folders'.  This option only works if you place the pictures in a folder other then the original.
  • For the output format, unless you know you need to change the type of picture file, leave the Output Format as [Same as Original].
  • For the Filename, you can either leave it as [Same as Original] or create a new different name for it.
    • If you want to create copies, you can click on the menu and select 'Create Copies' which will make new files with the same name and append (Copy) to the end of the name.
    • You can get more creative and select Custom and fill in variables to create your own naming scheme.  You can see all of the different options by hovering your mouse pointer over the blue circle with the white ? in it.

Once you have finished configuring your destination, click the Start button and it will begin processing your photos.  When finished you can click the close button.  If you have more pictures to resize you can go through the process again, or you can click the Exit button to close the program.

Quick Steps

  • If you want a quick how-to shrink your pictures while overwriting the originals all in one process, follow the steps below:
  • Run the program.
  • Add your pictures to the list you want to shrink.  Either drag a single picture onto the list, or an entire folder.
  • Set your resize.  Leaving at the default should be fine.
  • Under destination settings, make sure the Destination folder setting is set to [Same as Original].  Below that, make sure Output format and Filename are set to [Same as original].
  • Click Start.
  • When finished, your original photos will be gone and in their place will be the smaller versions with the same names.