Well I’ve learned something interesting and that is that Picasa can be used to resize photos. My thanks to Rebekah of Colder Weather who pointed it out.
Here is a screen shot of Creative Kit, and then the image that I resized to 600px wide. Picasa did a good job and the image is 20KB.
Update September 2013
It seems Google have discontinued Creative Kit, although the picture isn’t entirely clear. If it has happened then it is perhaps connected with the online editing in Google’s Chrome browser. That uses a native client application based on Nik software that Google bought a while ago.
I took a quick look on the forums and people are recommending Picmonkey and Picadilo as alternatives. I didn’t look in detail and I don’t know whether it’s possible to resize images using these web-based applications.
The reason I didn’t look at them in detail is that I resize photos with Photoshop before uploading them.
I would not upload a full-size version of one of my images to a third party company. Full-size images are many megabytes in size. It’s just not practical to upload them to the web for editing. And what if a company is disreputable and sells on the uploaded images? What if an employee of the company grabbed the images? What if the company was hacked?
I am not imputing any lack of ethics or poor safeguarding to either of the companies I have mentioned. However, I simply would not upload when there are desktop applications that do a very good job. Adobe Elements and Adobe Lightroom are good value for anyone who doesn’t want to get the full Photoshop capability.