How to Resize an Image Exactly with Paint Shop Pro

Paint Shop Pro is a capable and powerful photo manipulation tool which makes it possible to resize images, as well as enhance them in numerous other ways. Learning how to resize an image exactly using Paint Shop Pro allows you to attain desired results with your photos.

If you plan to upload photos to the Internet, you want to make them smaller so that they load quicker. Paint Shop Pro includes tools that make this possible.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Digital Image
  • Paint Shop Pro

Step 1 - Crop the Image

The first thing that you need to do is crop your image in order to remove what you don't like. It's important to do this before resizing the photo, as this makes it easier to reduce it without affecting the detail. At this stage it's also possible to rotate your image if it was taken at an angle or does not look correct.

Step 2 - Resize the Image

Now you can work on resizing the image. Click on "Image" in the menu bar and then select "Resize". This will make a dialog box appear with various settings. These settings can be adjusted to make the image smaller or larger.

There are several options when adjusting the size of images. You can choose to adjust the pixel size, by a percentage of the original or alternatively adjust in real terms.

Step 3 - Settings

Select the Actual/Print Size method of resizing the image. This makes it possible to resize it accurately. Make sure that the Maintain Aspect Ratio check box is selected, as this will prevent your image from becoming squashed or stretched.

Step 4 - Resize Your Image

The size of the image can be adjusted by changing the width of the height of the image. It's only necessary to adjust one of these measurements because the other will change automatically to keep the same aspect ratio.

If you want to print the photo on a piece of paper then you need to adjust it so that it's slightly bigger than the piece of paper. You will then be able to crop the image so that it fits on the paper properly.

Once you've adjusted the settings you can then click the OK button and wait for the image to be resized.

Step 5 - Exact Measurements

Now open the resize dialog box again by clicking "Image", "Resize" again. This time enter the opposite dimension that you entered last time, which in our case will be the height. However don't click OK. Instead take note of the pixel size height which is greyed out above this.

Step 6 - Resizing the Canvas

Now you need to resize the canvas to the exact size of the paper, to do this click "Image" then "Canvas Size". Enter the same canvas dimensions that you worked out earlier. This should leave you with an image that is at the exact size you wanted.

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