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How to Shrink Pictures

This tutorial refers to Movavi Photo Batch for Windows.
If you use a Mac, download Movavi Photo Editor for Mac.

High-quality photos taking too much space on your computer? Have a bunch of images waiting to be shrunk but don’t have time to deal with them one by one? Want to send vacation photos to a friend but they’re too large for your email client? To solve these problems, you need a good image shrinker app. Movavi Photo Batch is the perfect choice for shrinking and editing hundreds of images at once. The interface is simple and user-friendly, so don’t worry if you don’t have any experience. It’s better not to experiment with unreliable software from the Internet that may harm your computer – instead, choose Movavi Photo Batch; it’s totally safe and trustworthy. Just download it, and it will always be at hand.

In this guide, you will learn how to shrink picture size using Photo Batch. The program works with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.

Step 1: Install the Software

Open the file you’ve just downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 2: Add Your Pictures

Launch Photo Batch, choose the pictures you want to shrink, and drag them to the working area or add them by clicking Files. If all the target pictures are in one folder, just import the entire folder by clicking Folder.

Step 3: Shrink Images as You Wish

Why is your photo size so large? It may be because it’s stored in a specific format, it was saved at a very high definition, or both. In either case, you can scale down pictures easily with Movavi Photo Batch.

First, check whether your photos are saved in one of the lossless graphic formats, like TIFF or BMP. In those cases, you can change the format by clicking the Format & Quality tab and choosing the appropriate format from the Output format list. JPEG is one of the most popular and memory-efficient formats, so it’s a good choice for downsizing your pictures. If your files are already in JPEG, or you’ve just chosen this format, you can reduce the size even further by specifying a lower image quality. To do this, move the JPEG Quality slider to the appropriate point. Keep in mind that, the lower the quality you set, the more likely the resulting pics will exhibit visual flaws.

If an inappropriate format is not the main cause of the large file size, check the definition of your photo. If it is too high, e.g. more than 1920x1080, you can reduce it by setting the measurements for resizing. To do this, click the Resize tab, open the Resize mode list, and choose one of the following options:

  • Scale to width lets you set a width in pixels for all the images added to Photo Batch; the program will adjust the height automatically, maintaining the original proportions.
  • Scale to height can be used to set an exact height for all your photos; the width will be calculated by the program, while the aspect ratio remains the same.
  • Scale to size is the option to choose if you want to change the image size to match specific measurements while keeping the original proportions. Larger images are downsized, and smaller ones are enlarged to fit the required size.
  • Maximum size can be set to shrink larger pictures while the smaller ones remain unchanged; the original proportions will be kept.
  • Custom size is suitable for when you want to set the exact size for all your photos without keeping the original proportions, but remember that your images may get distorted as a result.
  • Scale by percentage helps you to shrink images based on a specified percentage; e.g., if you type 60%, your photos will be downsized by 40%.

To preview the result for each image and compare it to the original, place the mouse cursor over your picture in the working area and click View to open the preview window. Hold and release the Compare button to look at the before and after views.

Step 4: Save Your Picture

When you’ve finished shrinking your images, click Batch Export and decide how you want to save the edited pictures.

  • If you prefer to export them to a new location on your computer, choose Save to new folder and use the default Output folder or browse for a different destination.
  • To save the edited photos to the original folder and move the source images to another location, choose Save to original folder and back up originals and specify the Backup folder where you want to store the originals.
  • Click Replace originals to delete all the original photos and keep only the edited ones. Remember that you will not be able to restore the original files if you choose this option.
  • Select Rename and save next to originals to save the edited images to the same folder as the source files.

After choosing the appropriate option, click OK


Movavi Photo Batch

  • Resize entire photo albums at once
  • Change image format in bulk
  • Batch-rename image files
  • Auto-enhance quality of multiple photos
  • Work with all popular image formats

Movavi Photo Editor

  • Improve image quality
  • Remove objects, replace backrounds
  • Add filters and captions
  • Retouch faces and add makeup
  • Crop, rotate, flip, and resize images

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