There's no shortage of reasons to resize a picture: you might want to change its dimensions for a social media post, focus on one part of the frame, upload it somewhere that has a file size limit, or free up some memory space on your phone.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to use a free online tool called Kapwing to choose the exact size you want for your photos. To resize your photos, you’ll need to know just three steps:

  1. Upload Your Photo to Kapwing
  2. Choose Your Output Aspect Ratio/Exact Dimensions
  3. Publish & Download!

Step 1: Upload Your Photo to Kapwing

You can find your photos anywhere on the Internet (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Images, Google Drive, etc.) and upload them to Kapwing by copying the link. And if you’ve saved your pictures onto your device, just make sure you know where they’re located. If you're uploading photos from your own computer, it's a good idea to have your file browser open, so you can click & drag your content into the Kapwing Studio.

A screenshot of the Kapwing Studio upload screen.

To upload your content, just go to Kapwing.com and click “Get Started.” Once you’re in the Studio, either select “Click to Upload” and search in your file browser, or paste the link to the picture you want to upload. If your picture is easily accessible, you can just drag & drop it into the Studio window, and it will upload automatically.

Step 2: Choose Your Output Aspect Ratio/Exact Dimensions

Once all your content has been uploaded into the Kapwing Studio, it’s simple to resize your photo or choose your exact output dimensions. To choose from the most common output dimensions, click one of the options in the "Output Size" area of the menu on the right-hand side of the window.

A screenshot from the Kapwing Studio, pointing out the custom resize options for images.

To see some other options, or to enter precise dimensions for your picture, just click "Custom Size" from the same menu on the right-hand side of the Studio. In the custom resize window, you have a ton of options:

  • To use a different preset aspect ratio, click on one of the options under "Popular Sizes." You can adjust to square, Story-sized (9:16), landscape (16:9), 5:4 or 4:5.
  • If you'd like to fully customize your picture's dimensions, unlock the aspect ratio and enter the width and height that you want. There are no lower limits, so you can make your images as small as you need. At the moment, the upper limit for either dimension is 2560 pixels.
A screenshot from the Kapwing exact resize tool.

Once you've adjusted your picture's size and dimensions,  exit the custom resize window. While you’re in the Kapwing Studio, you can make any other image edits that you want to, like adding text,  overlays, audio, shapes, text animations, and more. Creators can also crop and filter their resized video before downloading.

Step 3: Publish & Download

Once you've edited your picture to perfection and selected the optimal size and dimensions, click "Publish" in the upper right-hand corner. Kapwing will automatically work its magic and your picture will be ready to download in no time!

A screenshot of the Kapwing download page.

When your picture is finished processing, click “Download” from the right side of the screen. If you're on a smartphone, long-press on the video to download it to your camera roll. If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final image.

I hope this article helps you fit your photos into any requirements! For more content on digital design and editing in 2021, check out some videos on our YouTube channel Kapwing App. And while you're here, read through some related articles on photo editing online:

The Best Photo & Video Sizes for Social Media
How to Make Videos Smaller
How to Resize a Video for Snapchat
How to Fit the Whole Picture on Instagram

A Pinterest-ready post for the Kapwing Photo Resizer.