For many small business owners, resizing website photos can be daunting. There are lots, and lots of places to find images. Some are free and some you need to buy. But many small business owners struggle once they have the photos. How do they resize website photos without buying expensive software or hiring a designer?

“I’m not a designer, I don’t have or know Photoshop.”

No problem.

Canva will get you there. Canva is a user-friendly, inexpensive tool that small business owners can use to resize website photos.

Resize Website Photos like a Pro – 10 Simple Steps

  1. To resize website photos, start by determining the sizes needed. If the theme suggests multiple sizes, then use the largest one. For example, WooCommerce recommends a square image in three sizes. Provide the largest, 600px x 600px, and WordPress will resize it to create the smaller sizes that WooCommerce needs.
  2. To create the 600px X 600px image, sign up for Canva – this is a user friendly design tool. It’s so easy even I can use it.
  3. Create a design template by selecting “Use custom dimensions” and use the dimensions your identified in step one, 600px X 600px.
  4. Select Uploads from the choices in Canva’s left sidebar.
  5. Upload the image you wish to adjust.
  6. Click the image you just uploaded to place it into the design frame you created earlier. Ideally, the image you plan to work with is larger than the final size and has a similar aspect ratio. Making the image smaller is OK but making it larger will decrease the quality. You can certainly do this, you can make a photo larger to fit the design template if it was a high-resolution image to start with, but if you ask it to become a lot larger, it will impact quality.
  7. Move it around so that the image is composed as you wish within the design template – you can change the background color to match the image background if there is a white bar, which can happen when the photo’s aspect ratio isn’t the same as the template you created. Select Background from the choices in the left sidebar navigation.
  8. There are times when some text on the image is a good idea. For example, this works well on image-oriented social media channels like Pinterest. Select Text from the left sidebar to add text as an overlay. You can adjust the shape of the text box, the font and its color, and size.
  9. When you are happy with the layout, select the Download button. You will find it in the upper right corner of the screen. Choose “Image: for Web (JPG)” from the presented options.
  10. Upload this image into your Media Library and use it as desired.

Ten steps may seem like a lot of steps, we provided a lot of detail, but it’s quite easy to resize website photos, it will go quickly once you are in the flow.

We have no relationship with Canva. We think it’s a cool, inexpensive product that allows nondesigners to manage images and create visual assets for WordPress without climbing the Photoshop learning curve.

This post appeared originally on Red8 Interactive’s site: MANAGING WORDPRESS IMAGE SIZE WITH CANVA. Red8 is the team behind Inn8ly.