Almost every time you choose to put a picture on your website or want to paste it elsewhere, you observe that its size is far from what you really need. Fortunately, with Adobe Photoshop, you can be sure that your problem will be solved. Such cases are a piece of cake for the refined tools Photoshop can offer you. Your picture can be easily resized with Photoshop, but keep in mind that you will always get more satisfying results when you have a high resolution image than when you try to edit one with a poorer resolution.

A few simple steps to happiness

There are quite a few simple things too keep in mind when resizing an image with Photoshop. Follow these carefully and you will never fail:

  1. First things come first: You begin with a simple visit to the pull down menu and clicking on Image. Once you have clicked on the menu bar, the pull down menu will show up. Click on Image size and you will see a dialog box. Once this box opens, all you have to do is to input the size you need for your picture. An important tip: change the measuring unit of your image to be resized. It is easier to use percentage as your unit instead of using pixels. When you choose percentage, your picture will gradually change its size, increasing or decreasing, but without getting pixilated.
  2. Use correct numbers: You have to make sure that you are correctly inputting values for the x and y axis in order to avoid any changes in the proportions of your photo. Just check the box labeled Constrain proportions and then input a single value, one for the x or y axis, and the other one will get automatically filled in proportion to the image.
  3. Size does matter: Always keep some simple things in mind. No matter how much you are tempted to increase the size of a photo, resist and keep it within acceptable limits. Increasing the size produces side-effects such as increasing the pixel size and also the file size. You have an option and this is when you accept to keep the actual size unchanged and resize the print dimensions. Next you have to uncheck the box labeled Resample image. The print size will be changed but the resolution of your image will remain the same.
  4. Try again and again: The picture will not be the size you want after a single try, and if it is, then you are just plain lucky. To reach the desired size you have to keep inputting another percentage, with the Constrain proportions button checked, just to be sure that the picture is not distorted.
  5. Be careful with low resolutions: Resizing a low resolution image is a huge risk. Low resolution photos get pixilated when they are brought to a larger size. Transforming a bigger picture into a smaller one is easier and safe, but enlarging a low resolution photo will not give you satisfaction because of poorer quality. All you can do is to check the actual number of pixels your image shows by choosing the option actual size on the zoom menu.
  6. Secure your work: The last piece of advice cannot be repeated enough. Save your work from time to time as it is frustrating to loose what you have done for minutes and minutes. Do not forget to choose a new name for your picture when you save it, in order to keep the initial picture unchanged. Formats like jpeg or tga are recommended for saving purposes.

These instructions are easy to follow and simple to implement.  Following these will make sure that you have a pleasant experience while trying to stretch a picture with Photoshop!