Using the Python Image Library (PIL) you can resize an image. Several filters can be specified. ANTIALIAS is best for downsampling, the other filters work better with upsampling (increasing the size). In this code snippet one image of each filter option is saved, so you can compare the quality in your favorite image viewer. Also an alternative to the PIL show() function is given. This way you can avoid the clutter of bitmap files generated by PIL and left behind in your \Local Settings\Temp folder.
# resize an image using the PIL image library # free from: http://www.pythonware.com/products/pil/index.htm # tested with Python24 vegaseat 11oct2005 import Image # open an image file (.bmp,.jpg,.png,.gif) you have in the working folder imageFile = "zFlowers.jpg" im1 = Image.open(imageFile) # adjust width and height to your needs width = 500 height = 420 # use one of these filter options to resize the image im2 = im1.resize((width, height), Image.NEAREST) # use nearest neighbour im3 = im1.resize((width, height), Image.BILINEAR) # linear interpolation in a 2x2 environment im4 = im1.resize((width, height), Image.BICUBIC) # cubic spline interpolation in a 4x4 environment im5 = im1.resize((width, height), Image.ANTIALIAS) # best down-sizing filter ext = ".jpg" im2.save("NEAREST" + ext) im3.save("BILINEAR" + ext) im4.save("BICUBIC" + ext) im5.save("ANTIALIAS" + ext) # optional image viewer ... # image viewer i_view32.exe free download from: http://www.irfanview.com/ # avoids the many huge bitmap files generated by PIL's show() import os os.system("d:/python24/i_view32.exe %s" % "BILINEAR.jpg")