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Gimp: Course For Beginners 8: Scale or Resize an Image

November 6, 2019

In this tutorial we are going to scale an
image. Right click on the image in your image folder. Go to open with and click on Gimp so Gimp
opens with our photo. In the top of our screen we can see the current
resolution of our image. Now we go to the menu bar, click on image
and then on scale image. If you want you can choose here a different
type of value, other then pixels. For now we leave it at pixels. At the image size we can type in the desired
width, lets say 1920 for this photo. Then we click in the height. Because the chain icon is locked by default,
the aspect ratio of the width and the height stays intact. When you change the interpolation to sync,
you get a higher quality, but the default value cubic is usually good enough. Now click scale. Click on the zoom icon in the top right of
the window to maximize the image. In the top of our screen we can now see the
changed resolution. To export our image, we go to file and here
we can click overwrite to replace the original image with the resized one. But when we click on export as, we can give
it a new name and export it to our image folder. Then we have the original as well as the scaled
image. Because our image is an jpeg file, a new dialog
box opens where we can change the default quality to make, if we want, a smaller or
larger file size. But the default value Gimp gives is usually
good enough. Then we click export to safe our image. I hope this was helpful and if that is the
case, please give it thumbs up, subscribe and leave a nice comment to support my Gimp
Workshop channel. Thank you very much for watching.


  • Reply Barth Put December 27, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Hi GW Jan! In your "how to scale or resize an image" tutorial, you selected an image with a very high amount of pixels and you reduced the pixels, but … what to do when you want to resize an image with a low amount of pixels in a much bigger image? For example you have an image 375×375 px and you want to resize it to 192×1920. In most cases the image will be unsharp. Is there a way to create a sharp image?

  • Reply Time is Gold January 3, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Really informative

  • Reply Flávio Veras March 8, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Hi GW. I realy do like your way of teach Gimp and the info are very usefull. I am having problems using Gimp. The problem is I need to strech only part of a image, like the sky for exemple, I can do that but as a result everytime I am getting a white line on the image betwen the strached part and the non streched part. Can you please help me on that?

  • Reply نزار ناظم الأسدي May 31, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Please what is the difference between:(Image> scale image) and (Scale tool>scale image)??Thanks a lot.

  • Reply Ollie Stanley June 13, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Very helpful and to the point. Thank You.

  • Reply Eduardo Cristaldo July 17, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks! Name of the music?

  • Reply gimp workshop July 31, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    👉Tip: Before you start editing, you might want to make a copy of your original image in your image folder. In this way you will still have the original image, in case something goes wrong.👈

  • Reply Liney August 24, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Can someone tell me why the quality of my image decreases a lot when make it smaller ? The preview of the resize is perfect but when I confirm it becomes blurred.

  • Reply Bradley February 17, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Helpful and on point. Some other video had 100Kviews and was crap, about time youtube listened. Your video is a gem. Thanks.

  • Reply ROD Sculpture April 23, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    WheI need to do If I need to crop the picture? Scale image again?

  • Reply Dino Dabro May 8, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Please help. I need to add an extra 0.125" (3.2 mm) of background along the top, bottom, and sides of your cover. I work in GIMP and don`t know how to do it. Every time I scale it, it scales back to previous dimensions. (even when I unchain it)

  • Reply ray ertman September 10, 2019 at 12:43 am

    very pleasant to listen to and clear instructions . thanks

  • Reply Amber Loves Art September 25, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    This video was very effective. Thank you.

  • Reply Lost Soul September 30, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    i can't change 1920 x 1080 photo to 1500 x 500 why im so angry 😡

  • Reply random October 7, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    When i scale my image it looks so horrible even it was hd before. Can some1 help?

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