Resizing Images with pixlr.com Express

How to resize images using the free online tool Express by pixlr.com

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Prerequisites

This tutorial assumes you are familiar with the following:

Overview

Why Resize Images?

It's good idea to resize your images before uploading them for a few reasons:

  1. Large images make your pages load slowly, and nobody likes that.
  2. Most images above 500 pixels (px) wide will be cut off for many of our users.
  3. The CommonSpot image editor is slow and clunky.

Why Use Express?

There are many ways to resize images on a computer, but not everyone in the City has the same software, or the same permissions for installing software, on their machines.

This means that we have to find something that's free and accessible to everyone. As far as we know every contributor has a web browser with Flash installed on it.

Express is fast, relatively easy to use, and doesn't require that you create an account.

What Size Should They Be?

This depends on the layout you are using. Remember that the website resizes based on browser size, so maximum-width images might be cut off for some users.

General Images

Image sizes, assuming page has a left navigation.
Column Size
Maximum Image Width
Safe Image Width
100% of the page
645px
500px
66% of the page
430px 338px
50% of the page
312px 242px
33% of the page
200px 158px

Banner Images

Banner images should be 905px wide and 162px tall.

Step 1: Open the Image with Express

  1. Go to http://pixlr.com/express in your favorite web browser.

Pixlr Express Initial Screen

  1. Click on Browse.

 Open your image

  1. Locate the image on your computer, and open it.

If successful, your image should pop up on the screen like this:

Image is now open

Step 2: Resize the Image

  1. Click on the Adjustment button at the bottom of the page:

Adjustment button

  1. Click on the Resize button:

Resize button

  1. Enter your desired width or height. The other dimension will be changed automatically, to make sure the image doesn't look squished or skewed:

Enter width or height

  1. After entering your desired width or height, hit the Apply button.
Resize image and hit apply
  1. The image is now resized, but it may look smaller than you were expecting. If this is the case, the image is probably zoomed out.  You can go to 100% zoom if you wish, but it makes no difference:

Resized image

Step 3: Save the Image to Your Computer

  1. Once you are satisfied with your changes to the image, click the Save button in the upper right corner of the page:

Save button

  1. Give your resized image a name, and choose the desired image quality, then click the Save button:

Save screen

  1. Choose where you would like to save the image on your computer.

Step 4: Upload the Image to the CMS

See the uploading images tutorial for instructions.

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