Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Big Picture

Several of you have asked me recently how I resize the photos on my blog, so I thought I would do a little tutorial today to show you how.  

The photo above is an example of the large size that Blogger automatically loads. 

 The photo below has been resized using the "Edit Html" option when creating a post.  

Here is how I do it:

  1. In order to have room for the resized photos, you must use the Minima Stretch template.  You may find that by clicking on "Customize" at the top of your blog, then by clicking on "Pick New Template."  You will find Minima Stretch in the first column, second row.
  2. Load a photo, then click on "Edit Html."  Search through the html code to find the width and height.  This bit of code will read "width:400px; height:266px."  (That is for a horizontal photo; for a vertical photo the numbers will be reversed.)  Change the 400 to 640, and the 266 to 425.  Click on "Save Now."
  3. Now find the bit of code that reads "s400."  Change the 400 to 640.  Click on "Save Now."

That's all there is to it.  I'm certainly no computer whiz; if I can do it, anyone can do it.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me:  



  1. Thank you, Mary, for sharing this information with us. It's good to know how to make our photos the size we see here. Yours are especially wonderful and they inspire me to keep improving and perfecting mine. ~Adrienne~

  2. You are a generous gal to share this info. I've already tried it on one of my pictures for today. Thank you!

  3. Thanks for doing this, Mary. I am sure I am not the only one that wants large photos. Now, my next question..will changing to the STRETCH template change the look of our blog dress??
    And, another in the world do you learn things like this?

  4. I've helped two bloggers switch over to Minima Stretch this past week. It really is the best format and wish more photo bloggers would use it.

    Have you tried Windows Live Writer yet Mary? If you have a PC it's a great program, and it's easy to resize pictures without adjusting the html tag.

    Are you ready for warmer days?


  5. Thanks so much for this easy tutorial! I feel the photos we use are such an important part of our blogging, it's really great to be able to make them more prominent:>)

  6. Thanks for the info. I may just try this - it sounds simple enough for even me. Sally

  7. Thanks Mary! I have learned so much from you in observing the pictures you take. I am working on a post for Friday on Forget-me-not flowers and took the sweetest pictures just getting close and zooming in. Thanks for your inspiration!

  8. Thank you! So nice of you to share your expertise! I'll try it on my post tomorrow. Today is too crazy!

  9. it sounds easy, but i still don't know how to load a photo. how dinosaur am i? mainly i am focused on the lovely vignette you prepare for our eyes, ignoring the technology that allows me to see it. do you really make these lovely scenes for your afternoon on the couch reading?? do you dress up? jkj

  10. Thank you so much! I am now going to attempt this! It doesn't sound too hard! Have a great day!

  11. Great tips, I will have to try it. I love your chickens, but I must say the light green one is my favorite.
    Great post!.
    Enjoy your day,

  12. Thanks for sharing! What pattern is that china? I think I just bought some at an antique shop last week from that's so pretty!

  13. Thanks Mary! I am going to try it...


    p.s. VNA sale is going?

  14. Annie -- Absolutely I'm going!

    Sit A Spell -- It says "Saxon China" on the bottom. I just have the sauce boat, another of the crazy things I collect... ;)

    A note to everyone -- you cannot resize photos if you use the "Cutest Blog on the Block". You must use Minima Stretch as your template.

  15. Good tutorial, Mary!
    I've been using Windows Live Writer and in that I can make my pictures large as well, but for those that don't, this is excellent.

  16. Thank you, Mary! The layout is great!

  17. Darling photo's. I love to collect cast off dishes to use for everyday. I have always decorated with them in the yard with my plants. Thanks for sharing. XO MARY


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