If you're like me, the first time you tried to upload a photo of yourself for an online profile - maybe on Twitter or here in My developerWorks, you might have had a little trouble. Maybe the photo didn't look quite right - too big, too small, too distorted, etc. This can be so frustrating - especially if, like me, you don't have much experience with photo-editing. Well if that's a challenge for you I want to share a couple of simple tips for how you can use a simple, free photo editing tool to make your life much easier.
Picnik is a free, super easy tool to use that lets you edit photos. You can easily crop and resize photos in a snap. Let me give you an example. Let's say I want to create a new profile photo. I know my ideal graphic size for my profile photo is 155x155. I have a picture, but it's way too big and it's a rectangle, and I'd like to crop some of it out.
This is my original image (actually much larger than this!)
So first, I go to Picnik and click on "get started now". Then I click on "upload my photo" and pick my picture to upload. Easy, peasy, right?
Since my photo is a rectangle, but I want my picture to be a square,
the first thing I do is crop the photo into a square. So I click on the
"crop" tab and crop it.
Once I get the photo cropped the way I like, then all I need to do is resize it. This is easy, all I do is click on the "resize" tab and then enter in the numbers I want, in this case 155x155.
Finally, once I've resized it, I click on "save and share" and save my new profile photo to my computer! Tada!
p.s. Picnik also works great for cropping and resizing images for groups and wikis!