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Initial post: Jan 16, 2013, 3:51:27 AM PST
Tanysue says:
I know the screen size on the Kindle Fire HD is 1280 x800 but what is the optimum size to make my photos before I upload them?

Making them 1280 x 800 pxls means I can't englage part of the photos without it breaking up.

As I don't want to fill my album up too quickly with big picture files I wonder if anyone else has worked this out - ie. size v quality?

Posted on Jan 16, 2013, 7:34:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2013, 7:35:22 AM PST
AugustFalcon says:
Not certain I understand exactly what you are asking but since this is the internet I will answer anyway :))

Cameras take pictures having specified standard height to width ratios. Those can be 1:1 (square), 3:2 (usual 35 mm cameras), 4:3 (kinda standard on newer mirrorless cameras) and 16:9, or even god-forbid 16:10 (movies). To make it even more confusing the photographer can select what ratio he wants to shoot at easily if he is using a digital camera.

The Fire screen is pretty close to 3:2 in aspect ratio. So a picture shot in 3:2 which measures 1200 by 800 will fit pretty well. The same picture if it was shot in 4:3 would be either 1200 by 900 or 1066 by 800. So, if you wanted it to fit on the Fire screen you would need to resize it down to 1066 by 800. In that case there would be some empty space around the picture but the complete picture would fit on the screen.

Faststone Photo Resizer (for Windows) is free and would allow you to easily resize your photos. Here is the link:

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 7:50:59 AM PST
Tanysue says:
Thanks for swift reply, I want to be able to enlarge (magnify) parts of my images for better detailed viewing, but my pics are on average 6MB per photo I will use too much memory on my Kindle if I import at that size

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013, 12:10:25 PM PST
AugustFalcon says:
Ok, you can still do that using the FastStone Photo Resizer Windows application but it would be easier to do it using the FastStone Image Viewer Windows application. (Another free app) Use the crop function to cut out the portion of the photo you wish to "magnify" and upload.

I am assuming that your files are jpegs and, if so, they are pretty large. If you are the one taking them you might be able to change your camera settings so they are smaller in size when they come out of your camera.

Or, even better you might want to try it in Picasa (another free program from Google) I just did it with one of my jpegs which started out at 11.5 mb. I did a crop to 4:3 moved the crop frame where I wanted it and exported the picture to another folder. It ended up being 391 KB and 1024 by 771 pixels. The best part about Picasa is that it never messes with your original photo - it just saves the changes and applies them each time you open Picasa. Hence you need to export the changed picture if you want to view the changes in a program other than Picasa.

Good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013, 1:30:59 AM PST
Tanysue says:
Thanks for that

I use Adobe Photoshop and know how to resize my photos - to any pixel size. I do this at 900 x 600 pixels for Flickr and used the same measurements for the Kindle but I found that when I magnified it on Kindle the pixels broke up. If I make the picture larger - i.e. 1280 x 800 or similar, I will be using up more memory on the Kindle but will I get round the problem of the breakup under magnification. - I don't want to load up all my holiday photos at the wrong size and then find I can't look at the small details or if I go larger - find I have used up all my memory!

What do you think?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2013, 12:07:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 12, 2013, 12:07:40 PM PDT
I recently purchased a Kindle Fire and was interested in your sizing question. Did you ever get a straight answer?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2013, 3:21:45 PM PDT
Tanysue says:
No - I am afraid the replier did not really understand about re-sizing or photographic qualities : storage space available. I have yet to experiment to find the optimum size.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013, 11:03:35 AM PDT
There is an app in the Amazon app store that's called photo editor that allows you to resize. And it's free.Photo Editor
Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2013, 3:05:38 PM PDT
Tanysue says:
Thanks Cheryl - I can also re-size using Adobe Photoshop too but I was really wondering what the optimum size should be to fit the Kindle Fire, to get the best quality without taking up too much memory/storage space.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2014, 6:40:03 AM PDT
Mr. McPenny says:
Tanysue - I understand your question perfectly, I just bought a Kindle and have the same question / concern. Looking for the right balance of file size and detail - afterall, I got the HDX for the higher resolution. Have you figured this out?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2014, 10:18:06 AM PDT
Tanysue says:
Hi Scott

I had thought that as my Kindle was advertised as HD I should use 1920 x 1080 pixels but no, that's too big to fit and the photo will be distorted - squashed up or elongated. My Kindle HD screen resolution is 1280 x 800 pixels so as my camera takes 3x4 format I resize in Lightroom or Photoshop to 1200x800 pixels, Resolution 72, Quality size 10. I leave the 'document size' as it is. This means the image fits at the short side and is slightly smaller than the screen at it's widest but there is no distorting. Quality is brilliant, as good as on my calibrated PC screen and I can still zoom in a bit but loss of quality would show up if zoomed in too far.

So as your Kindle HDX screen resolution is 1920 x 1200 I would recommend you resize to your images to that or 1920 x 1080 depending on your camera's format. Remember - go slightly smaller not bigger to avoid the squashed or elongated look!
If you are running out of storage space you could save at Quality 8 at the risk of slightly lower viewing quality.

Hope that helps - it took trial and error for me to find the answer!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2014, 2:07:59 PM PDT
Mr. McPenny says:
Thanks a bunch Tanyasue! Very helpful I.formation. The 72 dpi should reduce the size a bunch.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2014, 2:59:12 PM PDT
Tanysue says:
72 dpi is always recommended for screen viewing (240/300 or so is just for printing)

Do let me know if it works for you O.K.


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2014, 8:42:03 AM PDT
Mr. McPenny says:
About a month ago you have advice about resizing photos for my Kindle. I just wanted you to know that your advice was right on target. Thanks for being a friend to someone you never even met! You are good people Tanyasue.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2014, 11:15:03 AM PDT
Tanysue says:
Glad to help any photo buddies

Posted on Dec 1, 2014, 4:55:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2014, 4:55:50 PM PST
I have downloaded the faststone photo editing software but cant access it. I found the files I downloaded using es file explorer but can't access them. Anyone know why?

Posted on Feb 3, 2017, 5:54:44 AM PST
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