Every now and then I come across a graphic design or photo app that you must try to believe. So it is with iResizer 3, billed as an intelligent resizer, a very clever Mac app which can resize a photo without rescaling the subject in the photo. That means you can change the aspect ratio of a photo or image without distortion, even changing the spacing between subjects on a photo without distortion.
Here’s a visual example. Take a photo with a subject, mark the subject as a zone, resize the photo’s aspect ratio without distorting the subject.
Here’s another example but this time the image goes in a different direction, starting with 4:3, solidifying the important subject a zone, then stretching the image to a 16:9 ratio.
The key to using iResizer is to identify the important subject as a zone. The rest of the photo can be resized while keeping the zone subject the same original aspect ratio.
That means you can change the space between two main objects on a photo, resulting in a tighter image, or even remove an unwanted object from a photo.
Here’s an example of both.
The process is simple but quite a bit of trial and error is required, but it works well with zone objects that retain their original shape while the background image is altered. Obviously, more trial and error is required to remove an object from a photo than to change the spacing between two zone objects.
That’s about the only caveat I encountered. Trial and error takes time and diligence, but the results can be worthwhile when you need to alter an image but don’t want to hire a Photoshop guru to do the work.
iResizer’s developer gives you an option to download a trial version, too, and I found the Mac App Store version, as of today, to be half the price of buying direct.