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28 February 2007 @ 01:21 pm
lazyweb  
Does anyone happen to know of any good programs for shrinking/enlarging images? I tried Paint, but its "stretch/scale" function ends up garbling really large images if you shrink them too much (ie down to 100x100 LJ icon size) and Picasa and the image editor that came with my camera (z-something?) don't seem to have a scale option at all, at least not that i can find.

So far the best way i've found to deal with it is open up the image in something that will visually scale the image (Picasa and the other thing) and shrink it down a lot, take a screen shot, and paste it into Paint. Repeat if necessary. It gets reasonably good results but its a pain in the ass to do. Clearly the scaling algorithm for Paint just sucks.
 
 
 
Geoffthegreatgonz on February 28th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Coraacoraa on February 28th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
I concur with GIMP. It has a bit of a learning curve, but I get good results out of it.
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 28th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks :)
Dieppe: Goodbyedieppe on February 28th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
I've really liked Irfanview. It has a relatively small footprint, and you can use it for generic image viewing. It has a resize function, and you can sharpen/unsharp mask images as well to tweak them.

Oh yeah and it's free too. :)
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 28th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
Hee, okay, some competition for the other suggestions :) Thanks!
Kirinkirinn on March 1st, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
I love Irfanview, and wish I could find a Mac equivalent. It's way lighter-weight than GIMP or other photoshop-clones, but still does most of the useful stuff that other dinky image programs don't.