[Windows] Easily resize photos and images without loss in quality with TinyPic

TinyPic UIOne of the biggest problems with storing lots of high resolution images is that a lot of them take up quite a bit of space. There are plenty of ways to mitigate this problem. You can do so by resizing the images, compressing them into a smaller format, or even cropping out unnecessary portions. TinyPic is a remarkably simple and efficient resizing tool for Windows that helps you shrink photo sizes.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

TinyPic is also a tiny application. It’s designed to shrink images down to a feasible size. If you’re storing a lot of high resolution images then this app is an effective way to save some precious storage space.

Pros

  • Small yet efficient app for resizing images to conserve storage space
  • Drag and drop support for images
  • Predefined image sizes in the free version
  • Consumes few system resources

Cons

  • Free version does not allow you to customize your own image sizes

Discussion

TinyPic images side by sideTinyPic must be installed in order to use, but the good news is that there’s not bloatware or dodgy software to deal with during the install process. That being said, there is a premium version of the app available for purchase. The freeware version is only acceptable for personal use, commercial users must purchase the paid version for 10 Euros (roughly $13).

The premium version, TinyPicPro, includes the following extra features:

  • Freely selectable image size
  • 8 predefined image sizes with right mouse click
  • JPEG-quality adjustable
  • Changing the image compression without resizing
  • Resizing also for gif images
  • 1:1Preview to check the result quality
  • Comparison of converted image and result

TinyPic resize completeAs for the freeware version, it performs just fine and will be suitable for most users. The UI is a little bland, but you could consider it retro themed- hipsters should love that.

In the free version you cannot choose a custom resize format, instead you’re allowed to select from a list of predefined formats. There are four sizes to choose from, unless you count the “extra small” toggle which will return extremely low quality results.

You can preview the output file before the process is completed, and assign a target directory for storage. Other than that, there’s nothing else to really do in the app.

Images that you want to resize can be dragged and dropped into a small portion of the window at the very bottom. You can also browse for a file through Windows explorer.

In general, TinyPic will trim images down by about 20% in terms of file size with little to no loss in quality. Although, you are shrinking the resolution size which means less detail in the resulting file. Zooming in with the trimmed file will not yield the same results as the original.

For reference, TinyPic uses about 4.7MB of RAM while running, which means it’s light on system resources.

Conclusion and download link

TinyPic preview imageTinyPic is a remarkably simple application that serves a single purpose, to resize large images quickly and efficiently while mitigating any sort of quality loss in the process. It works well, and it uses very few system resources while running. The free version only allows you to use predefined image sizes, but they should be suitable for most users. If you want more customization in terms of resolution, the premium version is only about $13. Check out TinyPic if you need this type of functionality.

Price: Free, 10 Euros (Approx. $13)

Version reviewed: 3.18

Supported OS: Windows 8/7/Vista/XP

Download size: 1.45MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/45

Is it portable? No

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9 comments

  1. Peter Stern

    [@JMJ] I am satisfied with my own application so I have no intention of testing every available resizer. I am not a graphics expert, but I do not think any single algorithm is good enough to enlarge in one step. What I have done is written a script that does multiple enlargements, each of 10%. For big enlargements there is some blurring of detail, so I have also written a script to do multiple small amounts of sharpening

  2. JMJ

    [@Peter Stern] [@Peter Stern] I admire…. and envy :-p … your skill. Of those you mentioned, I prefer FastStone but the paid PhotoZoom Pro 5 is my bestest, most favoritest. :-) I would appreciate your opinion on the absolute best resizer/resample, free or paid.

    May I ask: With apps like those you named — not to mention IrfanView, that do what yours does, except for just-because, why did you bother?

    One more please? Which of these re-sample algorithms produces the best results for enlarging? Reducing? Lanzos, Hermite, Triangle, Bell, Mitchell, B-Spline.

    Thanks.

  3. Peter Stern

    [@smaragdus]
    No, but if you give me an email, I can send it to you. Since it is mostly for my own use, the interface is very simple, but it can resize 100 images in less than a minute. All that needs to be done is choose the new size (pixels or %), whether to resize the width or height (aspect ratio is maintained) and the file type (jpg is default). Rotating and watermarking are optional.

  4. Peter Stern

    I wrote my own application that in addition to batch resizing, can batch rotate, batch convert file type, allows multiselection from multiple folders, batch watermarking, and is portable.

  5. smaragdus

    Some better resizers:

    Caesium:
    http://caesium.sourceforge.net/ – Home Page
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Image-Convertors/Caesium.shtml – Caesium at Softpedia
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Multimedia/Graphics/Portable-Caesium.shtml – Caesium Portable at Softpedia
    ..

    Ralpha Image Resizer
    http://nilposoft.info/ralpha/ – Home Page
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Editors/Ralpha-Image-Resizer.shtml – Ralpha Image Resizer at Softpedia

    ..

    RoboSizer – now FREEWARE
    http://www.robosizer.com/ – Home Page
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Others/RoboSizer.shtml – RoboSizer at Softpedia
    RoboSizer FREE License Key – http://www.robosizer.com/download.html

    User: freeuser
    Registration code: 000014-H44DJ8-VQC39X-678RVJ-XBP7DZ-E4VTX7-BJNHN5-T7YRQ0-MMT194-3MYFJV