We all like to tweak around with the pictures we take with our digital cameras. Some of us are creative enough to change them well enough to make them professional in print. There are many photo software programs available, all of which have basic options to re-size pictures on your Microsoft enabled computer before printing them.

When we take pictures with our camera we hardly care about the details of the resolution and pixels. This makes it difficult for us to get a good print once they are downloaded as image files into our computer. Here are some easy software options you can choose from to edit your pictures according to the size you want for print.

Microsoft Paint

Open the image file you want to re-size with the help of MS Paint. This software is the most basic in its genre and is installed by default in your Microsoft PC. You can right click on the image to select “Re-size” the picture. Or you can click on the “Tools” options on the toolbar above in the MS Paint window to choose “Image Size”. In both cases you will be served with options to edit the resolution of the picture by adjusting the pixels and adjusting the width and height of your picture. Make sure that the resolution is such that the print is not too distorted after re-sizing. 300 to 400 pixels are good enough for print purposes.

Microsoft Picture Editor

After opening the image file via this software you can edit the size of your pictures with the help of four default options:

  1. Original size

  2. Percentage of original width x height

  3. Predefined width x height

  4. Custom width x height

Although each feature is unique and useful for re-sizing your picture, if you are looking for the best option for printing purposes, you may choose any one of the last two features.

The only thing you must be careful about while saving the edited picture is that the resolution is not too distorted as this can spoil the printed Version.

Adobe Photoshop

Once you open the image file with Adobe Photoshop you must deselect the “Resample” option on the window before re-sizing. Now adjust the resolution anywhere between 240 to 300 pixels, which is the recommended range for printing purposes. After doing so you must select “Resample” and choose the option that says “Bicubic Sharper”. Your next step is to edit the size of the document. While saving make sure that you don’t override on the original image file so that you don’t lose the original resolution.

Although this article covers only three (most popular) image editing software programs, there are many more you can use. The only cardinal rule while re-sizing photographs is to maintain the resolution in order to derive a decent print.

Before selecting “Ok” for Print you must view the “Preview” option to see if the photo is fitted perfectly on the paper or not and if the quality of the resolution is decent enough.