Quick crops and image resizing

If you only need to resize or crop a digital snapshot, you don't need any fancy software at all. Check out two favorite tools for instant digital-image modification.

IrfanView packs some mighty editing features in its tiny download. (Credit: CNET Networks)

For making color corrections, printing, managing photo albums, or any of 100 other routine image-editing tasks associated with digital photography, commercial programs like Adobe Photoshop or Corel Paint Shop Pro are great solutions. But if you just need to resize and crop your personalized South Park character image to fit on your Facebook or MySpace page, a simpler option is in order.

Luckily, there are a variety of free and easy ways to crop and resize your digital photographs. One of the quickest and easy downloads for doing so is IrfanView, a longtime favorite image viewer that has added more and more editing functionality through the years.

The tiny download weighs in at 1.24MB and literally can be installed in seconds. Once you've got it running, open the image that you want to edit and select Image > Resize/Resample to edit the size of your photo. To crop, click your cursor in the top left corner of the area you want to crop, then drag the cursor to create a rectangle. Select Edit > Crop Selection, and voila!

Another free application I've become a big fan of recently is Resizr, created by Matt Miller back in 2006. Resizr is a free online tool that lets you upload an image from your hard drive or via a URL. You can then rotate, crop, and resize your image, as well as make edits to brightness and contrast. I was impressed to recently discover that I could even adjust levels and convert PNG files to JPEGs.

Resizr's space interface holds several quick and valuable options for editing images. (Credit: CNET Networks/CBS)

What do you use to quickly resize and crop digital images? Tell me about it in the comments.

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