Hello! Aly Dosdall here, and I’m so thrilled to be joining you on the BPC blog. Today I’d like to share a quick tutorial for how to resize your photos in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
When I have lots of photos to include on a scrapbook layout one of my go-to techniques is to print all of my photos at 2 2/3 x 4 inches. This creates a unified feel across them page no matter how many photos I include, and it makes the design process easier.
How do I print my photos at 2 2/3 x 4 inches? Resize them and print two photos on each 4 x 6 inch print.
1. Open the photos you would like to resize in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Click on Image > Resize > Image Size or Image>Image Size (depending on your software and version).
2. Click on the Constrain Proportions box and replace the number in the Height box to 4 inches for a portrait photo (vertical), and for a landscape photo (horizontal) change the number in the Width box to 4 inches. (If your photos are a different size as long as they’re 4 inches on the longest side you’re fine.)
3. Now open a new 4 x 6 inch 300 dpi canvas (File>Open new or File>New). If you have two portrait photos you’ll want your canvas to be landscape (6 inches wide and 4 inches tall). If you have two landscape photos you’ll want your canvas to be portrait (4 inches wide and 6 inches tall).
4. Go back to your first photo and select the Move tool in your tool bar. (It’s usually the top icon in the tool bar and looks like a little arrow.) Drag and drop your photo onto your 4 x 6 canvas and line it up flush with one side.
5. Go back to your second photo and drag and drop it onto your 4x6 canvas lined up flush with the opposite side.
6. Right click on the Background layer in your Layers palette and select Flatten Image. Now click on File>Save As and save the image with a new name as a JPEG file. Now you can print this 4 x 6 image at home or upload it to your favorite website. All you have to do is trim them when they’re done printing.
Bonus tip: I usually select a white border when I print my photos which acts as an instant photo mat and saves me some time!
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Throughout the workshop, you'll receive a handout each week with detailed instructions to create two multi-photo projects – one and two page scrapbook layouts, mini albums, full albums and fun photo displays. Aly will provide sketches, templates, video demonstrations, and plenty of helpful tips so that you will feel confident (rather than overwhelmed) when facing that big stack of photos. As always, you can access the class content at your convenience, so there's no pressure...just lots of fun, practical, and creative ideas!