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Can I resize my uploaded photos in Google+ to standard size? I'm about to run out of Google Drive space and the standard size would be enough, but I can't find an option to resize the pictures. It would take so much time to reupload them with Picasa. If I can't, then is it possible that picasa resize and upload the pictures and replace the originals?

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It doesn't look like it, no. All I've found is the checkbox to upload photos at full size (or not). –  Al E. Jun 27 '13 at 12:37
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You can but it is tedious..

I did the same thing but, luckily, I only had 1GB of space to claim back from G+ photos. I had them set to standard (<2048x) size on auto-upload but when they introduced full-size auto-uploads, it became the default setting and so a couple of my albums backed up at full size without me knowing.

To change the size of the photos, go to an album, open the first photo up in the lightbox, click 'edit' above the photo. The Creative Kit will pop up and at the bottom on the left toolbar is 'resize'. Google does help you out a little bit by presetting the resize values to the 'standard size' of <2048x along the longest edge. So it's a fairly quick process if you can be bothered. Once you've resized, click save in the top right and 'replace' when given the option. Then just click to the next photo and repeat.. As I said, it's doable but can be time-consuming.

Good luck...

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I just discovered a more automated way with desktop Picasa.

  1. Open your Picasa
  2. From File menu, select Import from Google+
  3. Wait until all your online albums are imported to local drive
  4. Go to Tools menu → Batch Upload
  5. In the bottom form, change the radio button to Change options, and change size to 2048
  6. In the folder tree to the left, select all folders
  7. Click OK in the bottom pane.

All your photos will be uploaded back and resized. This method also requires some time, but less tedious operations.

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The problem with this is that it knows if any of the pictures are already on your computer...and it won't download them. So if you download an album...then put it back, you may notice less pictures..... –  user57472 Jan 21 at 18:26
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I am trying a different strategy. Download all my Google+ pics via Google Takeout.

This creates a bunch of zip files <=2GB in size. I uncompress them and then look at their size to find the large pictures that were uploaded at full resolution. I then use WinDirStat to visually quickly see which files are taking up space.

screenshot of WinDirStat showing big video files

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