How to Quickly Square a Picture for Social Posts

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I have Version 12.4.  I have 100s of images to resize to 510x510 for uploading to a social media site.  I'm currently doing 1) Resize (usually height to 510), then 2) Dragging the left right borders out until I get close.  But I'd like an exact way to do this, and a quicker or even a batch way to do it.  
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Neal 
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I changed my previous response.
There is a way to do this in SnagIt 12.
I removed my last reply because this is should be what you need. I'm running on empty and switching my attention to football. My brain is on auto pilot today and headed for a crash so I'm shutting down now.

Hope this helps,
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Thanks, I can see that would probably handle the batch resizing.  But how about the squaring?  if an image is 1000x1500, I want to change it to 510x510 with appropriate transparent or white borders on each side, without deforming the image. 
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Changing the aspect ratio [the proportion of height to width] from 1:1.5 to 1:1 will by it's very nature deform the picture.  It's impossible to say make an 8X10 picture into a 4X6 one without losing some image content.  You can't make it happen with a scissors or any software.  The only way really is if the bigger image has borders that can be removed but then every image would have to be the same but no matter what content will be modified when the aspect ratio changes.
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Yes, I'm adding the borders now.  I just want a way to automate it or speed up the process. 
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Just follow Joe's instructions for batch resizing and add add the size you want at the last step.

You might consider that you don't necessarily have to have square pictures.  It might be easier if you maintain the aspect ratio and just cut back the bigger side to 510.  That wouldn't distort the image because it maintains the aspect ratio and it would fit the size requirements of your site.  They don't necessarily want a square image, I presume, but just one below a certain size.  This would be the least work of all since all you do is adjust the bigger side and Snagit will calculate the other for the given aspect ratio.
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Here's an example: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2j2vq7p&s=9#.WH4iwfkrJhE
The boat on the right is resize to 510x510 with the white borders. 
Th wood picture  on the very left was 348x510. But the site puts the jagged border along the bottom, and then the user has to click to see the full picture.  Only the top 2/3s or so if the picture is shown above the jagged line. 

So I think my original requirement in my question above is what I need.  I just want to do it more quickly or automated as much as possible.  I found a "Square" app, but it's a phone app. 
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My view of it Neal looks just fine.  Look at it below.  However,  I can't enlarge it in any way to get a fuller picture.  Besides modifying each image manually  in Snagit the only other way is what Joe mentioned to modify the images in batch mode all at once.  That does imply that common changes will be made to that group you are modifying.  I'm not aware of any other method in Snagit or otherwise to accomplish what you want to do.

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No, you can't click on it, because that's not the social media site, it's just a screen shot I uploaded to demonstrate for you. (I didn't notice that I could have uploaded the picture here so I put it on TinyPic).  The picture on the left is only showing the top 510 pixels of a picture that is about 700 or 800 pixels tall.  By setting height to 510 and adding the borders, I also ensure the pictures are as large as possible to fill in the full space for each picture. 

Okay, any other PC-based tool that will do it?  Does SnagIt have any macro programming?  (I'll check soon...) 
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I found a free Windows App called "No Crop Insta Square Size" that does what I want. 
It adds a nice blurred border as shown below (it may have other options, but for now this works for me). 



The app is not as professional as I would like, but it does the job (but not in batch).
I wish SnagIt did, because I like using one tool for everything. 

Neal 
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