How to Resize a PNG Image
There is a lot of different tools on the market for the purpose: paid and free, allowing you to resize png images online and those that could work locally on your computer; many of them have a limited number of features, while others, like Photoshop, could be a multitool for anything that could be done about images and photos.
If you’re not fond of looking and installing any additional software, great news for you—Windows and macOS have built-in PNG resize options as well. Below you can read the ways to resize your PNG images using online tools and built-in options of your operating system.
Note that in most cases, you’ll have to start with an image that is a lot larger so it won’t be blurry when you resize it.
How to Resize PNG with the Resizing.app
The Resizing.app is one of the most user-friendly free tools available on the web today if you want to resize PNG images online in just a few easy steps.
- Find the Resizing app extension in the Chrome Web Store or go to our Home page and click the ‘Add to Chrome’ button to add the tool to your Chrome web browser; no registration is needed. Alternatively, you can adjust your images online using the tool’s website interface.
- Drop your image into the interface.
- In the drop-down menu in Resize, input your desired height and width.
- Select the level of optimization if necessary.
- Choose PNG in the drop-down menu under “Save as,” and voila! Your image is ready to be downloaded on your computer.
Check out our guide on how to resize PNG images without losing quality.
Resize images in Photoshop
- Go to the Official Photoshop website and start your free 7-day trial.
- Download and install the software on your computer.
- Open your file and click the Image tab in the upper tool panel, then select Image Size.
- Make sure that the link icon is “on” to scale proportionately.
- Change the width and height as needed.
- Click OK and save with a new filename to preserve your original image.
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How to resize PNG images in macOS
- Go to Preview and open your file from the File menu.
- Select Tools from the top menu and click on Adjust Size.
- Click or check the box beside “Scale proportionally” to maintain proportions before entering new values in the Image Dimensions box.
- Click save when you’re finished editing the size.
Resize PNG images in Windows 10
- Go to Paint and open your file from the drop-down menu.
- Click the Resize tool found in the middle of the Home tab’s Image section to tweak the image.
- Unless you know the exact vertical and horizontal pixel count you want, click Percentage so you can reduce the image accordingly (for instance, enter 75% if you want it reduced to 3⁄4 of its current size).
- To resize your image proportionally, click “Maintain aspect ratio” in the resize section.
- Once you’re satisfied with the size, click OK.
What is PNG
A PNG or portable network graphics file is a digital image format commonly used for websites. When it comes to image compression, where data is converted to consume less space than the original file, the PNG format uses lossless compression or minimal quality loss compared to the lossy compression of the JPG (joint photographic experts group) format.
Thomas Boutell is recognized as the man who developed PNG in 1995 when the most popular image file format for the web was the graphics interchange format (GIF). The PNG format emerged as an alternative to the GIF after UNISYS, which held the patent for the so-called LZW compression method for the GIF, decided to require a license for its file format.
PNG’s popularity came from its ease of use, particularly when you need a certain portion of an image in its original colors while the rest stays transparent. This makes it the ideal format for images such as logos, which often need to be placed over another picture.
Why PNG Files Need to be Resized
The PNG format is the best choice when you need to edit an image several times since JPEG images undergo generational loss during repetitive editing and saving.
However, you’ll often need to resize PNG images; they’re larger in file size due to their higher resolution, making websites take longer to load and emails longer to send.