The likes of Photo Genius and Fhotoroom have always enabled Windows Phone users to have some pretty good photo editing options at their disposal, but there are times when you need more than just image filters and a few shiny features. For some editing tasks, there is no way other than transferring photos from your device to a computer and doing the work there on an editor like Photoshop or GIMP. Even something as simple as reducing a picture’s dimensions and file size cannot be done too easily on WP without the help of desktop tools like MS Picture Manager or ImageSmaller. Now that the Windows Phone Store has matured though, there are a few apps that can help you in this regard. Shrinkit is a very simple utility that lets WP8 users reduce the resolution and dimensions of the photos stored in their device’s camera roll, and that too with a comprehensive set of options.
Using Shrinkit isn’t exactly rocket science, as the app comes with a limited number of options and even for those, the app comes with a few instructions on the main screen. To get started, tap the middle of the screen, or use the button in the bottom bar to select a photo for shrinking. Images can be loaded from any album you have in the Photos hub, including the camera roll.
Hit the second button in the bottom bar after selecting a picture, and the shrinking options will show up. If you want to change an image’s size by a given percentage while maintaining its aspect ratio, use the slider provided at the top of the screen. In addition to using this ‘Scale Factor’, also keep the ‘Maintain Aspect Ratio’ toggled turned on. The app doesn’t actually show the shrunken form of the photo during editing, but users do get a fair idea of what’s happening, thanks to the ‘Shrink Preview’ animation. This area represents the original image as a red block, while the shrunken version is a blue rectangle within it.
If you don’t want to use the percentage slider, it is possible to manually choose a width or height value for the image in the two fields given below the aspect ratio toggle. The last text field can be used if you want to set a target file size, so that Shrinkit can strive to compress your photo to match that goal.
The photos edited in Shrinkit can be exported to the camera roll by hitting the save button, or shared to different social networks.
Shrinkit can prove to be very useful in many situations. It is a free app free, and doesn’t even come with ads. Give it a go by heading to the following link.