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How to Resize an Image in Adobe Photoshop
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If you have an image that's too big to work with, you can easily resize it in Adobe Photoshop. When changing an image's dimensions, you can specify your own length and width measurements or adjust the size by a percentage of its current size. This wikiHow teaches you how to make an image larger or smaller in Adobe Photoshop for Windows and macOS.
Open the image you want to resize.
Create a backup.
Click the "Image" menu.
Click "Image Size" on the menu.
- The Width and Height values are in pixels by default, but you can choose different units of measurement by clicking the "Dimensions" drop-down above near the top of the window.
Enter new dimensions.
- If you want to specify both the height and the width without one changing the other, click the small link icon to the left of the Width and Height blanks to unlink the two measurements.  X Research source
- If you don't want to specify the size in pixels, you can select Percent from the menus next to the Height and Width values. Then you can choose to grow or shrink the image size by a percentage of the original size. For example, if the width of the image is 2200 px wide, changing the Width value to 50% will decrease the width to 1400 px. Changing it to 200% would increase the size to 4400 px.
- If the image has layers with applied styles, click the gear icon at the top-right corner of the Image Size window and select Scale Styles to scale the effects in the resized image.  X Research source
- To save the new image, click the File menu and select Save .
- The original size of the image is still saved to the image's original location.
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You can use Adobe Photoshop on your PC or Mac to change the size of nearly any image. First, if you haven't made a backup of the original image, click the File menu, select Save as , enter a new filename for the resized image, such as filename-resized, and then click Save . Then, click the Image menu and select Image Size . You'll see your image's current size in pixels next to "Width" and "Height." If you'd rather use a measurement unit other than pixels, such as millimeters or inches, click the triangle next to "Dimensions" and select that unit. Now, type the new width size into the "Width" box. When you enter a width, the height value changes automatically to retain the image's proportions, ensuring that the resized version doesn't stretch or warp. If you need to specify exact Height and Width sizes, click the link button to turn off automatic proportioning, and then enter your measurements. A different way to resize the image is to grow or shrink it by a percentage of its original size. To do this, select Percent from the menus next to "Height" and "Width," and then enter a percentage value. For example, if you want the height to be twice as large as it is now, you'd enter "200 percent." Once you're satisfied with the size settings, click OK to view your newly-resized image. Remember to click the File menu and select Save so you don't lose your work. Did this summary help you? Yes No
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How to resize an image in photoshop.
Make an image bigger or smaller with ease.
Is your image too big or too small to fit your needs? Using Adobe Photoshop on Mac or Windows, it's easy to resize a photo quickly and precisely. Here's how to do it.
To get started, open Photoshop on Mac or Windows PC and load the image that you'd like to resize. In the Photoshop menu bar, click "Image," and then select "Image Size" from the menu that appears.
In the "Image Size" window, first, you'll want to decide what measurement unit you'll use to resize the image. If you click the drop-down menu beside the "Width" or "Height" fields, you can choose the unit type. Here's what each choice means:
- Percent: This lets you resize by a percent of the current image size. For example, using 50% as the target image size makes the image half of its current size. Likewise, 200% makes it twice as large.
- Pixels: This lets you specify exact pixel dimensions for the resulting image size.
- Inches, Centimeters, Millimeters: These are standard measurement sizes that only apply when an image is printed, and they are related to the image's DPI .
- Points: A point is a unit of measurement common in typography that is equivalent to 1/72nd of an inch. In a 72-DPI resolution image, one point is equal to one pixel.
- Picas: One pica is equal to 1/6th of an inch or 12 points, and it's used most frequently in design for print.
- Columns: This lets you resize by the number of columns, an arbitrary unit defined in Preferences > Units & Rulers .
Many people use "Percent" for eyeballing relative size changes, but if you're resizing images for the web, you'll probably want to choose "Pixels" from the list.
Next, decide whether you want to keep the aspect ratio of the original image. The aspect ratio is the proportional relationship between the two sides of the image (width and height).
If you choose to keep the image's original aspect ratio, you only need to change the value of either "Width" or "Height" for your image. Photoshop will automatically change the value of the other field based on the existing ratio.
Generally, you should keep the aspect ratio so that your photo doesn't look weird. But if you want to disable it, click the chain icon between "Width" and "Height" so that the little lines that point to "Width" and "Height" disappear.
Now comes the part where you resize your photo. To change the width of your photo, click the "Width" field and enter a new size. Similarly, to change the height of the photo, click the "Height" field and enter a value.
Then, click "OK" at the bottom of the "Image Size" window.
Your photo's resized version will now appear on your screen. If this looks good to you, click File > Save in Photoshop's menu bar to save the photo.
To save the resized photo as a copy (so that your original photo is not affected), click File > Save As in the menu bar.
If you chose "Save As," you will now see Photoshop's save window on your screen. At the top of this window, enter a name for your photo, and then select an image format from the "Format" drop-down menu and click "Save" at the bottom.
That's it! Your photo is now in the exact size that you wanted, and you can use it wherever it didn't fit before.
By the way, if you have several photos to resize and you use Windows 10, check out our guide on how to resize multiple images at once in Windows 10 . It might save you a lot of time. And if your resized images are coming out blurry, consider upscaling them with an AI tool to get better results.
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Document Setup and Resolution
This page covers instructions on performing the following:.
- Document setup using both the Image Size and Canvas Size menu
- Altering document setup using both the Image Size and Canvas Size menu
- Changing resolution
- Change pixel width and height
- Defining color modes and changing modes to fit your needs
- Definition of and saving to different file types
Image Size and Canvas Size Setup
Setting up your document will be different for print and web files. Here are some general guidelines to follow for each:
Print media: Resolution should always be 300 with color mode either being in CMYK for color or Grayscale for Black and White printing
Web media: Resolution should be 72 with color mode being RGB as RGB is the color mode for all computer screens
Image Size and Canvas Size Menus: Looking at your Image Size and Canvas Size menus allows you to see the size of your image, edit your image and change your document size. Know the difference between Image Size and Canvas Size below:
Image Size allows you to change both the document and actual image size. When changing sizes, change it by Pixel Dimensions or Document Size. When changing sizes, always be sure to have 'Constrain Proportions' checked off. It is important to know that if the resolution is not altered and you change the document size, images may become blurry or pixelated. Be sure to not the alter the size of the document too much. For example, don't try to make a 1 inch document into an 8 inch document because this will lower the quality dramatically.
Canvas Size allows you to change your canvas/document size without altering the size of the image. For example, changing the width of the size to 5 inches will make the document size bigger, but the image will not be changed. This is is good if you are working in layers and want to move images around without having to worry about changing their quality or if you want a document to be a certain size. Change the size by simply typing in the new width/height in the Width or Height bar and clicking OK.
Changing pixel width and height.
Changing pixel width and height is related to web media. Whenever someone gives you dimensions on a web file, it will be in pixel width and height. Example: 640x480. As a rule for descriptions of dimensions, width always comes first.
To alter pixel width and height, you will need to be in your Image Size menu. To change width/height, be sure to have 'Scale Sizes', 'Constrain Proportions' and 'Resample Image' checked off. Checking off 'Resample Image' will give you access to alter the pixels. Checking off 'Scale Sizes', 'Constrain Proportions' will keep the dimension proportionate.
To change pixel width or height, type in the number in either menu and click OK. Don't worry about the 'Document Size' portions of the menu.
To setup or change sizes, place the size in the dimension boxes. For pixel width and height, always place a 'px' after the dimension.
Color modes define just that! The mode you are in will allow you to be setup for the web or print and will allow access to different filters and features of photo editing. Below is a general description of the most used color modes and what they allow you to do:
Print mode. This mode is set up for print media. Whenever you are working on a full color document and you know it will be printed, make sure it is set on CMYK mode. Tip: Some features such as filters are not accessible when in CMYK mode. If you know you will be using filters from the 'Filters Gallery', change your mode to RGB. Once you are finished with using filters, change it back to CMYK.
Web mode. RGB color mode is the mode you will want to use when setting up documents that will be used on the web or video. Also use this mode if you need to use filters from the 'Filters Gallery'.
To change a color mode, go to the Image button in your main menu, select Mode and select your color mode from the side drop-down menu:
Different File Types
Different file types serve different purposes. When saving your document, click on the Format drop-down menu to see your file type selections. Below is a guide and definitions of the most used file types.
Most common file types and uses:
Stands for Photoshop Document. This file type gives you the most access without quality being lost and allows for files to be saved at a larger size. It saves all layers, channels, text or any other settings you have been working on. This is most commonly saved as your original file which any final edits should be made to. For example, work on your PSD file for making final edits, then save a copy with no editing capabilities (no layers) for printing.
Stands for Tagged Image File Format. TIFFs are similar to a PSD file in that they allow full editing capabilities. Images are also saved at the highest quality without quality being lost over time. This is the preferred file type when sending images to print. It is recommended to work on your original PSD file and save a flattened (no layers) TIFF file when printing. This allows quality to be maintained, but file sizes may not be as large as a PSD.
Stands for Joint Photographic Expert Group. This file type does not save layers and is considered a flattened file. JPEGs are the most commonly used files for the web and for sharing photos with friends and family. Most often, digital cameras save image files as a JPEG/JPG. They are able to be saved in a much smaller file size, which frees up space and makes it more convenient, but as a result are considered a lossy file. In other words, they do not maintain quality and lose quality over time. Every time you open a JPEG file, quality is lost. For comparison, consider copying an image on a copy machine, then making a copy of that copy and doing the same thing repeatedly. You will notice the image slowly lose quality with each copy made. The same concept applies to a JPEG. So, just remember, try not to open JPEG files so no more quality is lost. It is always best to have an original file such as TIFF or PSD you can go back to for maintained quality. Tip: JPEGs are your friend for the web and files sharing, but not maintaining quality.
Accessible through the 'Save for Web' menu, the GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. The GIF is an even lower quality file type in comparison to a JPEG and is used for the web. It reduces the amount of colors in the document to reduce the file size as well. However, because it is lower in file size and quality, it promotes fast download time for web pages. It also is accessible for all Internet browsers. Two major advantages of the GIF is that it supports transparency and you can apply simple animation with layers of images using the Animation tool.
Stands for Portable Network Graphics. This file type is less known and used and was originally intended to replace GIF files because it supports transparency just like a GIF, maintains quality and contains more colors. Although it is not quite as popular, it is a better file type than both the GIF and the JPEG for digital images. This is because it maintains the quality of an image, regardless of how many times it is opened. The only downsides are that it does not support CMYK color mode, meaning it cannot be used for printing, does not support animation and because it is not as known or used as much, some Internet browsers may not support it. Tip: When choosing to save digital images, choose a PNG over a JPEG to maintain quality. PNG files are also good to use for Flash and PowerPoint Presentations.
Stands for Portable Document Format. Most used for file sharing, viewing and printing. Images can be saved as a PDF file in Photoshop, which allows for maintained file features, for example, layers. You can save it as a JPEG compression or a ZIP file to prevent loss of quality. One advantage of a PDF image file is being able to use spot colors. Spot colors are specific colors used in the printing industry. For example, if you are going to print a file as a one color image, you would use a spot color. By far the greatest advantage of saving in a PDF format is accessibility. Anyone will be able to open the file on any computer as long as they have Adobe Reader installed. Adobe Reader is a free software by Adobe that is or can be installed on the majority of people's computers. Most people already have or can install this software within minutes.
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About image size and resolution
The image size (or pixel dimensions) of an image is a measure of the number of pixels along an image’s width and height. For example, your digital camera may take a photo that is 1500 pixels wide and 1000 pixels high. These two measurements indicate the amount of image data in a photo and determine the file size.
Resolution is the amount of image data in a given space. It is measured in pixels per inch (ppi). The more pixels per inch, the greater the resolution. Generally, the higher the resolution of your image, the better the printed image quality. Resolution determines the fineness of detail you can see in an image.
Although a digital image contains a specific amount of image data, it doesn’t have a specific physical output size or resolution. As you change the resolution of an image, its physical dimensions change, and as you change the width or height of an image, its resolution changes.
You can see the relationship between image size and resolution in the Image Size dialog box (choose Image > Resize > Image Size). As you change one value, the other two values change accordingly.
The Constrain Proportions option lets you maintain the aspect ratio (the ratio of image width to image height). If you select this option and change the image size and resolution, the image does not stretch or shrink.
The Resample Image option lets you change the size of an image without changing the resolution. If you need to print at a specific resolution, or at a smaller or larger resolution than the current image allows, resample the image. However, resampling can degrade image quality.
About monitor resolution
Your monitor’s resolution is described in pixel dimensions. For example, if your monitor resolution is set to 1600 x 1200 and your photo’s pixel dimensions are the same size, at 100%, the photo will fill the screen. The size an image appears onscreen depends on a combination of factors: the pixel dimensions of the image, the monitor size, and the monitor resolution setting. In Photoshop Elements, you can change the image magnification onscreen, so you can easily work with images of any pixel dimensions.
When preparing images for onscreen viewing, you should consider the lowest monitor resolution that your photo is likely to be viewed on.
Display the image size of an open file
Click-hold the file information box at the bottom of the document. The box displays the width and height of the image (in pixels, and in the unit of measurement currently selected for the rulers), the number of color channels, and the image resolution (ppi).
View the print size onscreen
Do one of the following:
- Choose View > Print Size.
- Select the Hand tool or Zoom tool, and click Print Size in the Tool Options bar.
- The magnification of the image is adjusted to display its approximate printed size, as specified in the Document Size section of the Image Size dialog box. Keep in mind that the size and resolution of your monitor affect the onscreen print size.
Change print dimensions and resolution without resampling
You might need to change the print dimensions and resolution if you are sending the image to a print shop that requires files to be at a specific resolution.
If you are printing directly from Photoshop Elements, you don’t have to perform this procedure. Instead, you can choose a size in the Print dialog box and Photoshop Elements applies the appropriate image resolution.
To change only the print dimensions or the resolution, and adjust the total number of pixels in the image proportionately, you must resample the image.
Choose Image > Resize > Image Size.
Resample Image must be selected in order to use the Constrain Proportions and Scale Style functions.
- To maintain the current aspect ratio, select Constrain Proportions. This option automatically updates the width as you change the height, and vice versa.
Under Document Size, enter new values for the height and width. If desired, choose a new unit of measurement.
To return to the original values displayed in the Image Size dialog box, use Alt (Option in Mac OS) + click Reset.
Resample an image
Changing the pixel dimensions of an image is called resampling . Resampling affects not only the size of an image onscreen, but also its image quality and its printed output—either its printed dimensions or its image resolution. Resampling can degrade image quality. When you downsample, meaning that you decrease the number of pixels in your image, information is removed from the image. When you upsample , or increase the number of pixels in your image, new pixels are added based on the color values of existing pixels, and the image loses some detail and sharpness.
To avoid the need for upsampling, scan or create the image at the resolution required for your printer or output device. If you want to preview the effects of changing pixel dimensions onscreen or print proofs at different resolutions, resample a duplicate of your file.
A. Image downsampled B. Original image C. Image upsampled
If you’re preparing images for the web, it’s useful to specify image size in terms of the pixel dimensions.
Fast, but less precise. This method is recommended for use with illustrations containing edges that are not anti-aliased, to preserve hard edges and produce a smaller file. However, this method can create jagged edges, which become apparent when distorting or scaling an image or performing multiple manipulations on a selection.
Slow, but more precise, resulting in the smoothest tonal gradations.
Use when you're enlarging images.
Use when you’re reducing the size of an image. This method maintains the detail in a resampled image. It may, however, oversharpen some areas of an image. In this case, try using Bicubic.
The new file size of the image appears next to Pixel Dimensions, with the old file size in parentheses.
For best results in producing a smaller image, downsample and apply the Unsharp Mask (Enhance > Unsharp Mask). To produce a larger image, rescan the image at a higher resolution.
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how set quickly set photo size fit to frame size in photoshop
- It sounds to me like what you're doing is better suited to InDesign. – Ashlee Palka Feb 22, 2017 at 16:34
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Are you trying to scale the image to the document, or adjust the document to be the size of the image?
Image to Document
When you're transforming the image, grab one of the corners. Hold ALT + SHIFT while you're dragging to scale proportionally from the middle of the image.
Document to Image
The fastest way (that I know of) is to copy the image, open a new document, and under presets there's an option for "Clipboard". Then paste your image into the new document.
Open photoshop -> Create a new document. Then open the folder in which your images are placed for example in D drive. Then drag and drop the image from the folder into the psd document. This will automatically resize your image according to the canvas size.
I am the new comer in Photoshop world, same thing I have been going through which you were. I got the solution by my own, follow the steps..
- Create new file
- Open File menu.
- Click Place option.
- Select Image.
- Click on Place button.
- According scale of selected Image will fit into the frame.
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How to Create New Documents in Photoshop
Everything you need to know to create a new document and begin your adventure in Photoshop! Learn all about the New Document dialog box, how to create custom document sizes, how to save your custom settings as presets, and more!
To follow along with this tutorial, you'll want to be using the latest version of Photoshop and you'll want to make sure that your copy is up to date .
This lesson is part of my Complete Guide to Getting Images into Photoshop . Let's get started!
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Creating new documents vs opening images in Photoshop
Before we begin, it's important that we understand the difference between creating a new document in Photoshop and opening an existing image into Photoshop.
When to create a new Photoshop document
When we create a new Photoshop document, we create what is essentially a blank canvas. Then once we've created the canvas (the document), we can import images, graphics or other assets into it. New documents are perfect for design layouts, whether for print or for the web. You simply create a new blank document at the size you need and then begin adding and arranging your various elements.
New documents are also great for digital painting with Photoshop's brushes, and for creating composites from multiple images. Basically, any time you want to start with a blank canvas and then add your content as you go, you'll want to create a new Photoshop document. And we'll be learning how to create new documents in this tutorial.
When to open an existing image in Photoshop
But if you're a photographer, then instead of creating a new document, you'll most likely want to start by opening an existing image into Photoshop. Opening images is different from creating new documents, since the image itself determines the document's size.
In the first lesson in this chapter, we learned how to set Photoshop as our default image editor so that our images will open directly into Photoshop when we double-click on them in Windows or macOS. We'll learn other ways of getting images into Photoshop beginning with the next tutorial in this chapter, How to open images in Photoshop . For now, let's learn how to create new documents.
How to create a new Photoshop document
To create a new document in Photoshop, we use the New Document dialog box, and there are a few ways to get to it.
Creating a new document from the Home Screen
One way is from Photoshop's Home Screen . By default, when you launch Photoshop CC without opening an image, or if you close your document when no other documents are open, you're taken to the Home Screen.
The content on the Home Screen changes from time to time, but in general, you'll see different boxes you can click on for learning Photoshop or for seeing what's new in the latest version. And if you've worked on previous images or documents, you'll see them displayed as thumbnails that you can click on to quickly reopen them:
To create a new document from the Home Screen, click the Create New... button in the column along the left:
Creating a new document from the Menu Bar
Another way to create a new Photoshop document is by going up to the File menu in the Menu Bar and choosing New . Or you can press the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+N (Win) / Command+N (Mac):
Photoshop's New Document dialog box
Any way you choose to create a new document opens the New Document dialog box, and there are actually two versions of this dialog box. We'll start by looking at the default version (pictured here), and then I'll show you how to switch to the older, smaller version which I personally think is better:
Choosing a recently-used document size
Along the top of the dialog box is a row of categories. We have Recent and Saved , plus Photo , Print , Art & Illustration , Web , Mobile , and Film & Video .
By default, the Recent category is selected, and it gives you quick access to any recently-used document sizes. To choose one, click on its thumbnail to select it and then click the Create button in the bottom right corner of the dialog box. Or you can just double-click on the thumbnail.
In my case, all I'm seeing at the moment is the default Photoshop size, along with some pre-made templates from Adobe. Using the templates goes beyond the scope of this tutorial, so we'll focus on how to create our own documents:
Choosing a new document preset
Along with choosing from recently-used document sizes, we can also choose from preset sizes. First, select the type of document you want to create by choosing one of the categories (Photo, Print, Web, and so on) along the top. I'll choose Photo :
The presets will appear below as thumbnails. Only a few presets are displayed at first, but you can see more by clicking View All Presets + :
Then use the scroll bar along the right to scroll through the presets. If you see one that suits your needs, click on its thumbnail. I'll choose "Landscape, 8 x 10":
The Preset Details panel
The details of the preset appear in the Preset Details panel along the right of the dialog box. After choosing the "Landscape, 8 x 10" preset, we see that sure enough, this preset will create a document with a Width of 10 inches and a Height of 8 inches . It also sets the Resolution to 300 pixels/inch which is the standard resolution for print:
Creating the new document
If you're happy with the settings, click the Create button in the bottom right of the dialog box:
This closes the New Document dialog box and opens your new document in Photoshop:
How to verify the document size
If you're the skeptical type, you can verify that the document is the size you wanted using Photoshop's Image Size dialog box. To do that, go up to the Image menu at the top of the screen and choose Image Size :
The Image Size dialog box
This opens the Image Size dialog box where we see that the Width of the document is in fact 10 inches , the Height is 8 inches , and the Resolution is set to 300 pixels/inch :
I'll close out of the Image Size dialog box by clicking the Cancel button:
Closing the document
Then, I'll close my new document by going up to the File menu and choosing Close :
Creating another new document
Since I have no other documents open at the moment, Photoshop returns me to the Home Screen. I'll again open the New Document dialog box by clicking the Create New ... button:
And the New Document dialog box reopens to the Recent category. This time, it's displaying not only the default Photoshop size but also the "Landscape, 8 x 10" preset. If I wanted to quickly create a new document using either of these sizes, all I would need to do is double-click on the one I need:
Creating new documents from custom settings
While selecting a preset can sometimes be useful, the most common way to create a new Photoshop document is by entering your own custom settings into the Preset Details panel.
Setting the width and height
If I want to create, say, a 13 by 19 inch document, all I need to do is set the Width to 13 inches and the Height to 19 inches . I'm using inches here as an example but you can click the measurement type box and choose other measurement types as well, like pixels, centimeters, millimeters and more:
Swapping the orientation
To change the orientation of the document, click either the Portrait or Landscape buttons. This swaps the Width and Height values as needed:
Setting the print resolution
You can also enter a custom resolution value for the document into the Resolution field. But keep in mind that resolution applies only to print . It has no effect on images being viewed online or on any type of screen.
For print, the industry standard resolution is 300 pixels per inch. For images that will be viewed on screen, you can ignore the Resolution value:
Setting the background color of the document
The default background color for a new Photoshop document is white, but you can choose a different color from the Background Contents option. At first, it will look like you can only choose White , Black or the current Background Color :
But if you scroll down, you'll see that you can also choose a Transparent background, or select Custom to choose a color from Photoshop's Color Picker. Clicking the color swatch to the right of the drop-down box will also open the Color Picker so you can choose a custom background color:
Color Mode and Bit Depth
You can set the Color Mode and Bit Depth for your new document. In most cases, the default settings ( RGB Color and 8 bit ) are what you need, but you can choose other values if you need them:
The Advanced options
And finally, if you twirl open the Advanced Options , you'll find settings for the document's Color Profile and Pixel Aspect Ratio . You can safely leave these at the defaults:
How to save your settings as a new preset
If you know you'll need the same document size again in the future, then before you click the Create button, you may want to save your settings as a custom preset. Click the Save icon at the top of the Preset Details panel:
Then give your preset a name. I'll name mine "Landscape, 13 x 19". To save it, click Save Preset :
The New Document dialog box will switch to the Saved category where you'll find your new preset, along with any other presets you've created. To use the preset in the future, just open the Saved category and double-click on the preset's thumbnail:
How to delete a saved preset
To delete a saved preset, click the trash bin in the upper right of the thumbnail:
Opening the new Photoshop document
Now that I've saved my settings as a preset, I'll open the new document by clicking the Create button in the bottom right corner:
This once again closes the New Document dialog box and opens my new document in Photoshop:
Using Photoshop's Legacy New Document dialog box
Earlier, I mentioned that there are actually two versions of Photoshop's New Document dialog box. Up to now, we've been using the newer, larger version. But there is also a smaller, more streamlined version and I personally like it better. Adobe calls the smaller version the "legacy" New Document dialog box because it's what we used until the newer version came along.
To switch to the legacy version, on a Windows PC, go up to the Edit menu, choose Preferences and then choose General . On a Mac, go up to the Photoshop CC menu, choose Preferences , and then choose General :
In the Preferences dialog box , select the option that says Use Legacy "New Document" Interface , and then click OK to close the dialog box:
Then create a new document by going up to the File menu and choosing New :
And this time, we see the legacy New Document dialog box , with all of the same settings but in a more compact, streamlined design. If you prefer the newer version, just go back to Photoshop's Preferences and deselect the Use Legacy "New Document" Interface option:
Where to go next...
And there we have it! In the next lesson, we'll learn the more common way to create a new document in Photoshop, which is to open an existing image .
You can also skip to one of the other lessons in this Complete Guide to Getting Images into Photoshop , or visit my Photoshop Basics section for more tutorials!
How to Change the Angle of an Image in Photoshop With Perspective Warp
Learn how to easily adjust and manipulate the perspective of objects in an image.
Perspective changes your viewpoint. It's often used in photography to make flat images interesting and give them a three-dimensional touch. Photoshop has a special tool called Perspective Warp that allows you to shift the angles of objects, straighten them if necessary, or warp them to create depth.
This article will show you how to use the Perspective Warp tool in Photoshop.
What Is Perspective Warp?
Our eyes see images differently in the real world than the camera lens. The focal length of a camera (especially a wide-angle lens) can distort objects in a frame and make them appear smaller or larger depending on their distance from the camera. The near objects can appear larger, while the farther ones appear smaller, irrespective of their actual size. This phenomenon is called perspective distortion.
Perspective warp can manipulate these distortions in artistic ways. In Photoshop, you can drag the corners of an object in the frame and change the angles. This "warping" can sometimes make an image look more natural. In others, you can create artificial depth by distorting the image deliberately.
In short, Photoshop's Perspective Warp tool allows you to manipulate the viewpoint of an image and how you are looking at it.
How to Use Perspective Warp to Change the Angle of an Image
Let's walk through the Perspective Warp feature with an initial image (below). Look at the stone pillar of the building on the right and then use the steps below to straighten the image and visually align the objects.
Step 1: Open and prepare the image
Open the image you want to edit in Photoshop. Select the layer you want to adjust. You should create a copy of the layer so that any edits do not affect the original layer. Select Layer > Duplicate Layer from the menu bar or drag the layer to the Layers icon (+) on the Layers palette. Now, convert the image to a Smart Object for non-destructive editing.
Tip: A duplicate layer also helps you see the before and after state of your photo.
Step 2: Select Perspective Warp
Go to the menu and select Edit > Perspective Warp, and click once on the canvas. Photoshop shows you how the feature works with an alert message and places a rectangular grid (also called a Quad ) on the canvas, which won't fit your object yet. Once you drag and position it, the perspective grid will help you manipulate the angles of an object.
Align the quad on the object you want to distort with the help of the corner pins and the outside borders. Nudge them till the grid covers the object exactly how you want it. You can even go outside the canvas to cover the object with the grid.
Tip: Select any pin and use the arrow keys to finetune their placement.
Step 3: Apply the Perspective Warp
Click the Warp button to switch from Layout to Warp once you have precisely aligned the grid over your object. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut W.
Perspective Warp offers three automatic leveling options to help you align the object along the vertical or horizontal planes. Experiment and see if they work for your image. Select Remove warp (the anti-clockwise arrow) if they don't, and warp it manually with the pins instead.
Adjust the perspective you want by nudging the independent pins on the grid.
Tip: You can lock one or more warp edges by pressing Shift and selecting the line. The line will turn yellow and will stay in place exactly horizontally or vertically while you move the other corners.
Press Enter to apply the changes. The result gives you a distortion-free image from another angle, as shown below.
Step 4: Finishing Touches for a Perfect Image
Perspective warp can create vacant areas around the corners of the image. Applying the warp to only one part of the image can cause distortion as the other part remains un-warped.
Apply finishing touches like cropping the image or using Photoshop's generative fill to cover the gaps if necessary.
Tips and Tricks for Using Perspective Warp in Photoshop
Here are a few tips to use the Perspective Warp tool in Photoshop.
- Use the lines within the perspective grid to align them with objects like windows and doors in the image. Move and zoom into the image if necessary.
- Take the help of the Ruler and Guides in Photoshop to align vertical or horizontal elements within the image precisely.
- You can draw multiple grids on the same image—for instance, to cover more than one side of a building or an object. You can also keep them separate to adjust different parts of an image or join them. The grids get thicker and snap to one another when you bring them close.
- The Transform Warp tool allows you to warp an image in multiple ways, but it's more challenging to get right. Use Perspective Warp to straighten, align, or change the perspective of objects with straight lines and flat surfaces.
- Use subtly. Often, less can be more to create the right effect.
A Few Use Cases of Perspective Warp
Aside from correcting photos for perspective distortion, there are many ways to experiment with perspective warps creatively.
Composite images: Use the tool when you combine two or more objects in one photo to match the overall perspective of the frame. Example: A car going down a street.
Change Focal Lengths: Drag and warp corners of a landscape photo to make it appear like a wide-angle shot. Alternatively, make tilt-shift photos when you don't have a tilt-shift lens.
Mockup Images: Inserting typography or a logo on a 3D product mockup? Use the Perspective Warp tool to align them and add to the 3D effect.
Beautiful Collages: Warp each image seamlessly into others and create eye-catching collages .
Add Depth to Flat Photos: Get familiar with vanishing points and use them to apply a perspective warp to flat photos. Photoshop also has a Vanishing Point filter for perfect perspective edits.
Think Visually Before You Warp
To imagine the utility of perspective, think of yourself as a photographer. After taking the first photograph, you walk a few steps to the side and take another shot. Both pictures are from two different viewpoints or two perspectives. Photoshop's Perspective Warp allows you to do this within the software. It uses complex algorithms to decide what a photographer would have seen from different vantage spots.
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How to Make Excel Cells Bigger [Easy Guide]
Excel's versatility is unmatched, yet resizing cells can be a challenge. Learn 'How to Make Cells Bigger in Excel' with our clear and comprehensive guide.
Part 1. How to Make Excel Cells Bigger to Fit Text?
There are several approaches to making cells bigger in Excel, depending on your specific needs. Here are three common methods, along with step-by-step instructions for each:
Method 1: Using Mouse
Step 1: Click on the column or row boundary you want to adjust. For columns, this is the line between two column headers (e.g., A and B). For rows, it's the line between two row numbers (e.g., 1 and 2).
Step 2: Position your cursor over the boundary until it changes to a double-sided arrow cursor.
Step 3: Click and drag the boundary left/right for columns or up/down for rows to adjust the size.
This method is intuitive and flexible. It allows you to visually resize cells, but it may not provide precise dimensions.
Method 2: Using Alignment
Step 1: Select the cell(s) you want to resize.
Step 2: Right-click and choose "Format Cells."
Step 3: In the Format Cells dialog box, go to the "Alignment" tab. Adjust the "Text control" settings under "Horizontal" and "Vertical" to control cell size.
This method offers fine control over alignment, which indirectly affects cell size. It's great for maintaining a uniform appearance.
Method 3: Using Wrap Text Option
Step 1: Select the cell(s) containing the text you want to resize.
Step 2: Go to the "Home" tab in the Excel ribbon.
Step 3: Click the "Wrap Text" button. The cell size adjusts automatically to fit the wrapped text.
Wrapping text is handy when you want to display lengthy text within a cell without changing column width or row height. It's a space-saving option.
Method 4: Using Format Option
Step 3: In the Format Cells dialog box, go to the "Alignment" tab. Adjust the "Row height" or "Column width" settings as needed.
This method offers direct control over row height and column width within the Format Cells dialog. It's useful when you need precise dimensions.
Method 5: Using Shortcut
Step 2: Press and hold the "Alt" key on your keyboard.
Step 3: While holding "Alt," use your mouse scroll wheel. Scrolling up increases row height and scrolling down increases column width.
This method is a quick and handy shortcut for resizing cells. It's especially useful when you're working quickly.
Part 2. How to Automatically Make Excel Cells Bigger Without Losing Formatting?
How to Automatically Make Excel Cells Bigger Without Losing Formatting Using AutoFit:
Step 1: Select the cell(s) you want to adjust.
Step 2: To adjust row height or column width:
For a single row or column, double-click the boundary.
For multiple rows or columns, select them, right-click, and choose "Row Height" or "Column Width."
Step 3: Excel will automatically adjust to fit the content without losing formatting.
You have an Excel spreadsheet with the following content in cell A1:
Step 1: Select cell A1 and enable "Wrap Text" in the "Home" tab.
Step 2: Double-click the row boundary (between row 1 and row 2) to automatically adjust the row height.
This action makes cell A1 bigger, accommodating the entire sentence without losing formatting.
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1. Why won't my Excel cell get bigger?
Your Excel cell might not get bigger if the column is already at its maximum width of 255 characters. In this case, double-clicking won't work, and you'll need to manually adjust the column width by dragging the boundary to your desired width.
2. Can I make multiple cells bigger at once in Excel?
Yes, to make multiple cells bigger simultaneously in Excel, select the cells, right-click, choose "Row Height" or "Column Width," and adjust the size in the dialog box.
3. How can I automatically make Excel cells bigger to fit their contents?
Use the "Wrap Text" feature in the "Home" tab. It automatically adjusts cell size to fit content while maintaining text wrap formatting.
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