BIRME - Batch Image Resizing Made Easy 2.0
Drop your images here
BIRME is a flexible and easy to use batch image resizer. It can resize your images to any specific dimension and crop your images proportionately if necessary.
It's an online tool and that means you don't need to download or install anything on your computer. BIRME is absolutely free to use.
You can find out more details of how to use BIRME in the FAQs section
Almost 10 years ago, we handed over a beautifully themed Wordpress website to a client. After a while, we found out the website started to look like a disaster because all the images uploaded by the client were distorted. The person in charge of uploading photos didn't have the right software to crop the images.
Spending thousands of dollars to buy a copy of Photoshop to resize images was not a wise choice. However, we couldn't find any decent software to crop and resize the images in batch properly. They either produced pixelated images or distorted the image into the dimension without cropping. To this date, I still wonder why anyone needs a squashed image to fit into a desired dimension.
Another problem is that all these software options needed to be installed and some companies' security policies are very strict and installing a software would need layers of management approval.
I wanted to solve this problem. In the beginning, I tried to create an app which did not require installation. However, I soon hit a major problem of supporting multiple operating systems. All the versions of Windows and Mac required different executable files and I didn't have the time nor means to test it on all systems.
Until one day the idea of making a website to solve this problem came to my mind. For sure a website wouldn't be as powerful as a software, but it could do a decent job.
The design of BIRME 2.0 was done in 2016. Slowly the code has been refreshed and it is now finally close to what we once envisioned.
When an image is cropped to meet your desired dimension or aspect ratio, some of the image will be cropped out. The tricky part is to know which part to crop off and which part to retain. Auto focal detection helps to identify which part of the image is important.
By default, the browser doesn't allow a pag to save multiple files. The first time BIRME tries to save multiple files the browser will alert you. If you accidentally disallowed it, you can change this in your browser's settings page. Alternatively, you can use the save as zip file function.
You can easily find out the solution from google by searching something like "allow chrome download multiple images", "allow firefox download multiple images"
BIRME looks for xxxx's in the name and replace them as numbers. For example, my-photo-xxx will rename photos into my-photo-001, my-photo-002, my-photo-003 etc. You can put as many x's as you like.
Generally I recommend people to use 80%. You should never use more than 90% unless you have a good reason.
I assume the images resized are meant for online use. To improve the loading time and save bandwidth for mobile photo users, you should try to keep your images as small as possible. Of cause the photos shouldn't be so pixelated and they affect the aesthetic of your website. You can test them and find the optimal quality.