Quick Photoshop "How-to" Question

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Quick Photoshop "How-to" Question

I would like to get a few of my pictures printed, just to see how they look in hard copy form. I'm hoping that will help me see some of my flaws a little better. I'm learning Photoshop as I go, and there's a big learning curve here (layers? masks? contrast? What??). I'm reading tutorials like crazy, but one thing I haven't found is how to prepare your photos for printing, especially when it comes to sizing. Like, if I want to print one as an 8 x 10 or 5 x 7, I assume you make your photo that size in photoshop first, and not allow the printing vendor to do it for you. So, how do you do that?

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Hi, Krista...I am no expert and I only have photoshop elements so I'm not sure if it is the same for you or not, but I thought I would at least try to answer in case you are in a hurry! Smile If I want to crop in Elements, I click "Image" at the top, then "Crop," then click on "aspect ratio" (right underneath the File menu) and choose the size I want.

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If you are using CS4, then after you have opened your image in PS, click on "Image" in the top option bar. Then click on "image size" from the drop down box. (or you can hit Alt+ctl+ I as a shortcut). The first set of numbers in the box that opens is the pixel size, the second set below that is the document size. Just type in the size you want in the document size fields, (ex: width:6, height:4 for a 4x6) and it will automatically adjust all of the other numbers to the correct ratios.