While Pixel Grinder allows you to do much more than resizing your photo library, it’s a good place to start to get a grip of how to use the software. This short guide will help you through the process of resizing a folder of holiday photos for the first time.
Note. Before working through this guide, you should ensure that you are starting with a fresh PXGDR file. If you don’t see the image presented in the screenshot below, you should click ‘File -> New’ in the main menu for the application.
1. Select Input Files / Folders
The first step is to select which images you would like to resize using Pixel Grinder. You can either add a link to a folder that will be scanned when you press start (processing all of the images within that folder and sub-folders) or you can simply add individual files if you need more control over which images you would like to resize.
If you wish to process all of the images that exist within a folder, click on the ‘Add Folder’ button in the toolbar. If you wish to just add a set selection of images, then click on the ‘Add Files’ button. Both of these will then bring up a dialog box which will allow you to select which files you would like to process.
2. Set Resize Action Settings
The resize action is the first item in your action queue in the default action queue of a new document. You can select the resize method which describes how the image will be resized. You can choose to resize all of your images have a fixed width or height (and the other dimension will be selected so as not to distort your image) or you can select more advanced options to ensure that your image always fits within a certain sized box.
3. Set Save Image Action Settings
Next you should choose how your files are going to be saved. First of all, you can select which folder on your computer the files will be saved too. You can leave this as the default, which will put your images in a sub-directory of your photos folder, or you can set this to any other directory on your computer.
After you have chosen where to save your files, you can select from the drop down which method will be used to name the files that have been processed. By default, the files will have the same name as the original file name, but will have the word ‘Resized’ appended to the name before the file extension. However, you can also select to use the same file name as the original files or even to number the files sequentially as they are processed.
Finally, you should select which format you would like your output files to be saved as. If you select PNG, the compression option is not used as PNGs will always save all of the data in the image accurately. However, PNGs are big files and you may prefer to use JPG files if you are posting these images to the internet or if the images are large. If you select JPG, you can then select the compression rating. A lower rating will produce smaller files, but they will be of a worse quality.
4. Preview your Settings
Before you hit start and have all of your images processed, you may want to check out the settings that you’ve chosen to make sure they meet your requirements. Click on a single image in your input files list to preview your settings on that image. If you have used input folders instead, then you can click on an input folder and the first image that Pixel Grinder finds in that folder will be used as your preview image. The preview panel will not only show your resized image, but it will also preview your JPG Compression settings if you want to see what your output file looks like before you start processing your images.
5. Start Processing
When you are happy with your settings, click on the Start button in the toolbar and the document will enter the processing state. In this state you cannot interact with the software (other than pausing or cancelling the process), but you will see a progress bar which tells you how far through the process the application has got.