How to Resize an Image Without Distortion in Photoshop Elements 5.0


Photoshop Elements is the "lite" version of Photoshop, intended for regular users who need light photo-editing abilities. Even so, the interface is similar to the full version of Photoshop; it can be intimidating to the uninitiated. If you want to resize a photo without losing definition or altering the length/width (aspect) ratio, you can use the Transform tool and the crop tool, or simply change the image size in the Image menu.

Using Free Transform and Crop

  • Click "File," then "Open." Select the photo you want to edit, then click "Open."

  • Press "Ctrl" and "A" on your computer at the same time. Press "Ctrl" and "T."

  • Hold down the "Shift" button, then click on one corner of the image. Keep the "Shift" button held down and drag the corner of the image to a smaller border. The "Shift" modifier keeps the image from stretching too far vertically or horizontally, making sure that it isn't distorted. Release the mouse button and the "Shift" button.

  • Click the "Crop" tool in the toolbox. Click and drag your mouse over the image, creating a crop box as small or smaller than the image. Press "Enter."

  • Click "File," and then click "Save as." Save the image to your hard drive. Don't save over the original image unless you are sure you won't need it.

Using the Image Size Setting

  • Click "File." Click "Open." Select the photo you want to edit. Click "Open."

  • Click "Image," then click "Image size." Make sure that the "Constrain Proportions" setting is active.

  • Change the height or width of the image to a smaller size. Use pixels if the image is intended for viewing on the Internet, or inches if you want to print it out. Do not increase the size of the image. Click "OK."

  • Click "File," then "Save as." Save the image to your hard drive. Do not save over the original image unless you are sure you won't need it.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can make an image smaller without distorting it, but making it larger will make it grainy or blurry. The effect increases the more you expand the image. You can use these methods to preserve the aspect ratio while resizing, but there is no way to make an image larger without at least some reduction in image quality.

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