Resize images online

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 9, 2007
Updated • May 25, 2013
Image, Internet

Why would anyone want to resize images online if they have desktop software at their disposal to perform the same operation?A desktop program to change the size of images has advantages, like not requiring an online connection at all to perform the operation, and that the image does not need to be transferred to a third party server.

I can only think of two reasons why you may want to use an online image resizer like Shrink Pictures. If you only have access to a basic image editor like Paint, for instance in a work environment that limits you to the built-in program, you may use an online service for quicker conversions or access to features that the installed programs may not offer you.

Maybe it is supporting exotic image formats, or options that Paint does not offer.  The only way to resize those images then is to use an online converter supporting the features you need, or to transfer the pictures to another computer system where the desired operations can be performed on.

The second option that comes to mind is if you have troubles getting your installed programs to do what you want them to do. If you can't figure out how to resize an image correctly, you may want to use an online tool that is easier to handle.

It takes five steps to resize an image using Shrink Pictures, they are:

  1. Browse your computer and select an image
  2. Select the maximum image size from predefined formats or pick a custom resolution.
  3. Apply special effects (optional)
  4. Set Compression level
  5. Click Resize

This is very easy even for novice users. If you are looking for something like this bookmark it. Got other nice little sites that do similar things? Let me know.

There is a third use case where online services may help you out. Say you took a photo with your mobile phone and want to process it. You can use the online service to do so, or an app whichever you prefer.

Using Shrink Picture is pretty easy. The only thing that it can't do for you is batch process images so use it only if you need to process one or two files and no more than that.


  1. The maximum file size limit that you can upload is 6 Megabyte.
  2. The image formats need to be in jpg or png format, other formats are not accepted by Shrink Pictures and the resulting format is always a jpg.

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  1. RV said on October 15, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Thanks, very useful share.

  2. ilev said on October 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm


  3. Blue.bsod said on October 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks Martin, this is useful but the PNG’s it saves are uncompressed. I was using an online file converter service to convert them prior to editing/saving. Now I can skip that step.

  4. Gregg DesElms said on October 15, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Useful post… thanks, Martin.

    I’m thinking, though, that the right way to do it is the way at least I always have as new formats emerge and haven’t caught-on yet: Save ’em to the local hard drive in their native format, then convert ’em using something like the very thing you mentioned, xnConvert. Or, better yet, just use xnView as one’s image viewer, as I have for years, because anything xnConvert can do, xnView can do…

    …which means that when the oddball, saved-to-disk image is finally viewed in xnView, one need only save-as or export it to something more standard. And even if the viewer can’t convert (but as long as it can at least view), all anyone would have to do is take a screenshot of it of it or something.

    There are many way to skin a cat. I’m not sure, though, that it’s worth adding yet another extension to the Chrome browser (the more one has, the slower becomes the browser) just for that right-click save-as option. Just my opinion, mind you.

    Still, great post.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 15, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Gregg, I think it depends on how often you save webp images to your system. If you do it regularly, you may fare better with the extension or a local video converter.

  5. Dr. Robotnik said on December 18, 2015 at 1:25 am

    I tried a User-Agent Switcher extension on Opera and no matter what I set it to, it still wants to save images from certain websites as .webp when I drag-and-drop. If I manually save them, it offers the proper .jpg extension, but dragging and dropping is a billion times faster. Any ideas?

  6. Tom said on October 6, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Interestingly, you can right click and rename the file, just deleting .webp and adding .jpg as the file extension, and it works fine – no converter necessary! Pain to do each one, but it works.

    1. Dongo said on October 25, 2019 at 11:31 am

      Actually this does not work. It indeed renames the file but still saves in webp format.
      If you try to open it with a program which supports webp it works (obviously the format is recognised on the fly) but trying to open the renamed file with sw which doesn’t support webp fails.

  7. Anonymous said on October 18, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    nice share…it works successfully tnx…

  8. Nityanandi said on January 30, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Thank you so much!

  9. G said on February 7, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Completely useless advice, since the biggest reason people want to save images from their browser is to post them on Facebook, and Facebook doesn’t support webp.

  10. Jane R said on March 28, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Totally useless advice. The fundamental problem is that Google is forcing webp to users. When there’s a link with perfectly fine .JPG file, why can’t Chrome save as it is? This is just plain stupid and that’s all there to it.

    We need a fundamental solution to disable webp.

  11. Eff Google Forever said on April 7, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    fu©k google. google is full of idiots, from the top down, who only want to cannibalize everything the same way microsoft did: by producing shit.
    google is the stinkiest, tiredest, most petrified heap of dung ever to happen to the internet.
    i wish Schmidt and all his minions horrific and violent deaths, drawn out and slow so they feel the rest of the pain and rot that they’ve tried to hang on everyone else.
    they ripped off savvysearch anyway, way back in the 1990s.
    just like microsoft. a bunch of thieves and low quality ones at that.

    1. Shanker said on October 27, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      I agree!!! GOOGLE SUCKS HARD POLE!!!!

  12. unes said on May 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Thank you so much that’s exactly what I needed !!

  13. Nenad said on August 30, 2017 at 10:19 am

    TY, well done!

  14. bayu said on December 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    thanks man it’s really helpful, cheers!

  15. GNP said on February 7, 2018 at 1:03 am

    One more option: If the URL of the webp image ends with -rw or -rw-no, just delete those final characters and Chrome will reload the image in its original jpg or png format.

    1. Damo said on December 16, 2019 at 9:16 am

      THIS!!!! and its not limited to -rw, -rw-no etc…. if you see “.jpg” or whatever in the address bar, delete everything after it. So far this has had a 100% success rate. Latest image i saved saw me delete the suffix ” ?c=2 “

  16. GNP said on February 7, 2018 at 1:06 am

    One other option: If the URL of the webp image ends with -rw or -rw-no, just delete those final characters and Chrome will reload the image in the original jpg or png format.

  17. Steven D Visek said on April 2, 2018 at 6:36 am

    The PNG app doesn not work. I just get a message on my download that it failed due to the system being busy.
    I couldn’t figure out how to use the Agent Switcher app(no instructions). Admittedly I am not computer savvy.
    Changing the extension does not work.

  18. CG said on April 1, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Please – someone help me disable this nonsense!!! After the latest Firefox update, it is forcing my image downloads into this format, and I cannot see their thumbnails in File Explorer or edit them, or even open them on my home computer. Why don’t they have an easy way to disable this??

  19. LA said on April 20, 2019 at 12:15 am

    I’ve been experimenting with another approach that works “most” of the time.

    – Right click the image
    – Select “Open the image in a new tab”
    – Move your cursor to the end of the image URL
    – Add: “?1” or any random set of characters after the “?”
    – Hit enter

    In most cases this second request tricks Chrome into allowing the file to be saved as it’s native format

    1. Anonymous said on August 26, 2022 at 6:19 pm

      Nice! Works for me. Thank you.

  20. dave said on April 30, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    – Right click the image
    – Select “Open the image in a new tab”
    – Move your cursor to the end of the image URL
    – Add: “?1” or any random set of characters after the “?”
    – Hit enter

  21. Dusk said on September 5, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    A solution I just found after reading this helpful information:
    I used a cache refresh for the page with “CTRL+F5” (or “CMD+R” for apple/mac I suppose), after that chrome allowed me to save as .jpg.

    1. Bdubb said on November 15, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      clearing the cache helped me. Also Chrome has extensions to save images as jpgs and pngs so you can just bypass all the webp bs.

  22. Anonymous said on November 19, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Does not work on a different browser. Tried with Firefox with the same results. Safari on Mac works great. No Webp.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 19, 2019 at 6:24 pm

      Hi, can you explain what you tried please?

  23. ikomrad said on December 1, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Google’s dwebp command line converter works well. It converts to png by default, but you can specify different formats. I made a Hazel rule on my Mac that automatically converts downloaded webp image to png format.

  24. Al said on December 7, 2019 at 1:14 am

    I’m seeing people leaving comments dating back to 2013 but the very first time I ever encountered webp was around Dec. 1, 2019 when I tried to download some animated gifs off Tumblr. I’d never encountered it before then and I’d been downloading a LOT of gifs. The only reason I can figure is that for some reason (either against my preference settings or I clicked something by mistake) around that date my Firefox updated. Ever since, it’s been about 50/50 that an ani-gif will save properly. That online converter linked in the article seems a good free/non-app or extension option for archiving anti-gifs in a readable format, if a bit slow.

  25. just me said on December 20, 2019 at 10:41 am

    “An error occurred while saving the image: Invalid filename”
    yeah helps … not.
    better disable that crap complete in chrome

  26. Expertans said on May 28, 2020 at 2:46 am

    Notice how we didn t specify the file extension for the output image? That s because, by default, the decoder converts images into PNG format but can output into TIFF, BMP, and a few other when using other switches. The full documentation can is on the Google WebP website .

  27. Dan Gracia said on July 4, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    **WARNING** Saving an image in “.png” format is great for images you are going to manipulate before coming to a final image to publish, but in my opinion, they are far less than ideal for the final published format. Their file sizes are just too big. .png is a loss-less format and you can do all kinds of manipulations to it without degrading the picture itself just like you can with eps, tiff, and.psd files, which are not viewable online. HOWEVER, .png images have huge file sizes, often 6 or more times larger than a .jpg.

    The whole idea behind a jpeg (.jpg) is that it can drop out a lot of information from the image file and still present a very nice looking picture for online use. That is why it can compress an image from an eps. psd, or tiff file down to a fraction of its original file size and still look good online as a jpeg. However, you can’t open it and save it multiple times without throwing out a LOT of image info and getting artifacts in the image.

    Jpegs are however an excellent format for the final product. Personally, when I was the webmaster for the Orvis Company in its early days, I manipulated files as .eps, .tiff, or .psd files. Then once I had the images where I wanted them, I ran a batch to convert them all to .jpg files at once and then published them on our web site.

    .PNG files look really good, but if your web site where you wish to post pictures has a file size limit, odds are you are going to exceed their limits because .png files are huge! And, if your customer doesn’t have a high speed FIOS (Fiber optics) connection, it is going to load incredibly slowly. Up on the hill in Washington state where I live now, the fastest connection available to me is a 6mbs DSL line, which usually connects around 5mbs. I can always tell when a decent size pic has been saved as a .png image because it slowly loads onto the screen from top to bottom…PNG is a poor choice for everyday publishing of pictures online. It is a good choice if you need to get lots of detail and don’t care how huge the file is.

    Bear in mind that most online pics are displayed at either 72-dpi (72 dots per inch) or 96-dpi resolution. Compare that to print which is commonly 300-dpi and sometimes 600-dpi.

  28. sandeep said on September 2, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Chrome sucks this article is kinda useless, what i did, fortunately, i have a IDM (internet download manager installed) so simply right click and save works with original format i think chrome must be having option to save and shuffle between formats

  29. John said on September 9, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    A fifth possible solution (counting from all of those listed here by various users), which may or may work on all websites, but certainly works on some:
    Remove the “.webp”, and do NOT add “.jpg” or anything. For example, if the URL is “”, go to “” and then download THAT image (I repeat, DO NOT ADD ANYTHING).

  30. spurdo said on December 23, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    for pages that serve images as regular format but then save as webp, you can use the chrome extension ModHeader ( and and then add a new request header to disable webp.

    name the first field Accept and the put this in the second: application/json, text/plain, image/png

    this will force the servers to serve you original images instead of webp. there won’t be any conversions, recompressing and potential image quality degradation this way.

    1. Maave said on November 3, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      this works! Thank you for instructions

  31. Anonymous said on December 30, 2020 at 9:36 am

    other way: in chrome, RClick -> Inspection -> Sources -> (find the image) -> RClick -> Save

    1. Maave said on November 3, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      doesn’t work in 2021 unfortunately. I got a corrupted WEBP renamed to JPG.

  32. CB said on August 30, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    @spurdo ‘s comment is the only thing that worked and did exactly what I wanted. Thank you for posting this!

    I download lots of images for reference libraries and prefer to have my ref folder open while I drag-and-drop images from Chrome into that folder. It makes downloading dozens of images fast and easy while right-click>save as>choose folder>enter is much slower.

    Spurdo’s modheader method restores the drag-and-drop behavior so images are saved in their original format

  33. Jaqi said on March 9, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Please either remove this unhelpful page, or add the regedit hack. Mine keeps resetting after I clean the registry (monthly), but the registry change does the trick. The problem is that I never save it so when I search, THIS page (again, no help) always pops up.

  34. Jaqi said on March 9, 2022 at 10:28 am

    THE ONLY FIX for this!!!

    1. Open regedit.
    2. Find HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\MIME\Database\Content Type\image/jpeg
    3. Double-click on Extension.
    4. Change jfif to jpg and confirm.

    The same applies for webp, just look for the webp entry instead of jfif.

    DONE, although if you use a deep registry cleaner, it might reset.

    1. Jaqi said on September 16, 2022 at 12:33 pm

      OMG – Hilarious. It’s me again (Jaqi) on a new system, and I had lost my hack. I did not remember until I was looking again and was about to comment that they needed to add the regedit fix, that I had posted it! YEAY me! ;) <3

  35. Vickie said on March 16, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Thanks @jaqi – the only fix that worked for me

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  37. JR said on November 3, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    In Chrome, if you open the image in a new tab, and then use “save page” from the browser menu instead of “save image” from the right-click menu it saves the image correctly in its native format.

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