Size and Resolution

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Size and Resolution

Have you given a thought about the size and resolution of your pictures and elements.

Have you found that the size of the picture ends up being too large to go with the paper and elements that you chose to use.

How can you correct this?

Whenever you need to adjust the size many use the option to select the image and transform it. The problem many end up changing the perspective of the picture or obscuring it.

Have you tried use the option: Go to Image on the menu and select it, go to image size and select it. You will see the Image Size dialog box popup. Here if you make sure that all three boxes are checked off, which will ensure that the styles, proportions, and the resampling of the image will not change.

Now you can change the size or the resolution.

Before you resize or make changes to any pictures you should make sure you have a copy saved somewhere else. These are your originals or your negatives. If you do not like your changes you can always reload the original and resave it as a different file to work with.

There are a lot of tutorials on how to resize an image and resolution. The following are a few good ones that I found.

A nice PDF that you can save to your computer and access anytime.

Online instructions

A YouTube video

Amazing tips!!! I always have problems of size. It'll be help a lot. Thank you!!!

I have had trouble with the size of pictures and elements. This is great and will help. Thanks

I have found

How To Resize Images And Maintain Original Sharpness

How to Adjust Resolution in Photoshop

The image resolution in Photoshop refers to the number of pixels contained on a linear inch of the picture. Referred to in DPI. They are the tiny individual dots per inch, so the more dots or pixels per inch the higher the resolution. It can affect how sharp the image is. A low resolution can make a printed image blurry and grainy. Photoshop allows you to adjust the resolution up or down. Depending on how the image is going to be used.

Resolution plays a roll on the file size of the image. The larger the resolution the larger the file size. The lower the resolution the smaller the size.

Take a picture and change the resolution to 1200, you will see the size of the image change.
Take the same picture and change the resolution to 72, you will see the size of the image much smaller.
Now print the two pictures. (note just print on plain paper so that you do not waist your ink and paper).

I would love to hear what your results are.

If you go to
the site goes into greater depth about resolution.

About a year ago I did a bunch of research on how to increase the resolution of a photo while maintaining the original sharpness (a friend wanted me to enlarge a photo that she'd taken with her point and shoot camera). I ended up creating a photoshop action. If anyone would like me to post it, I can try to figure out how to add it here. It works perfectly!

Thanks Janet. Right now I'm the only designer who can upload things besides layouts to the site. However, in the next couple of months that will change (see this post for more info). Of course, if people are interested you can always post it elsewhere for now and share the link.

Ah, I see. I should have realized that. I don't have it linked anywhere on the web at the moment. smiley

Paint the Moon has some free actions for sharpening and re-sizing for FB on her FB Page. I use them all the time. You can find them here Remember to save for web at a high quality, 90 or above.

Hi! I just wanted to add that if you do use the transform feature to resize your photos or elements hold down the shift key while you resize it and it will maintain the proportions...(also there is a little link between the two size percentages (W & H) up on the top of your workspace that if you click it it will also keep the proportions without you having to hold the shift key.)

The shift key also works for the marquee tool too if you want to make a square or a perfect circle just hold the shift key down while you use the tool. Incedently once you have a selection made using the shift key will allow you to add to the selection while using the alt key will allow you to subtract from the selection.

Also if you drag one image from one file into another file and you want it centered just hold the shift key down while you drag and drop to the other file and it should be placed in the center of the image...

personally I love the shift key... I use it constantly while working in Photoshop. I hope this information is helpful to someone.

Thanks Sarah, I love short cut keys, I will have to try it out

You're welcome Sherri... I love the shift key I find it makes things go much quicker than having to either go up and click the little link or having to try to keep the proportions by eye.

This is just what I needed. Thank you for supporting those of us who are beginners!

Another quick shortcut to do instead of going to the menu to resize or using the shift key is to click 'ctrl T' to transform the picture. I always click the chain icon between the width and height amounts (makes it so the width and height proportions remain the same). Then just grab the corner of the picture to resize. Finish off by clicking the check mark button at the top menu bar to confirm the change.

For Gimp users, the Shift and chain icons are available as well.

This is great! I so appreciate the tips! I always learn something I didn't know before!

You folks have about covered the topic, but, I do have something to add. When transforming a layer to a smaller size with the Free Transform feature, be sure to check if you have a Layer Style applied to that layer. If so, when you scale down a layer, those effects that the Style applied will stay at the original size and can make your new-sized layer look awful! Fret not! There's an easy cure!

Go to 'Layer'>'Layer Style'>'Scale Effect'. When the box pops up, it will ask you to enter an amount (in percentages) to scale them to. If you make a note of about how much you scaled down the layer when you transformed it, you can adjust the percentage accordingly.

To be precise, when you make your transformation, use the controls in the menu bar across the top. This comes up when you are in Free Transform mode.

Click on the tiny chain first. In my image above it looks like an infinity symbol. (I tried to keep my image small enough to post.) That will ensure your re-sizing is equal in height and width. You can use the Percentage guide to make the Scale Effects easier. So, say you reduced the layer by 68%. When done transforming, go to Scale Effects and type in 68%. Then, your styles will effect the layer relatively.

'Tis just one more thing to know to do, but, sheesh! The results are worth it!

Thank you!


Wonderful information. Thank you all.