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Sizing Images and Papers to Fit in Pockets in Photoshop and PSE
Begin by opening a new document the size you’d like to print by choosing File > New > Blank File. This might be an 8.5x11-inch document, a 5x7 or a 4x6-inch document, for example. For print quality, choose 300 ppi for the resolution.
Next press Ctrl O (Mac: Cmd O) to open a photo you’d like to resize. Browse your computer through the Look in box, then select the photos and click Open. Quickly make a copy of the original by selecting File > Duplicate (PSE) or Image > Duplicate (PS.) In the Duplicate dialog box, click OK. This will help you to avoid overwriting the original.
Next, get the Crop tool. In the Options bar across the top of the editing window, type in your new dimensions. For example, if you are creating a 3x4-inch insert, type a width of 3 inches with a height of 4 inches at 300 pixels per inch.
Now move the cursor down onto your photo and click while you drag out a rectangle that encompasses the portion of the photo you’d like to have displayed in the pocket. Tick the checkmark to confirm the crop.
Now get the Move tool and drag the photo onto your blank document if you are using printed photos. If you are using a digital template with pockets, drag the image to the pocket page instead.
Note: To see both documents in Elements at once, select Edit > Preferences > General and tick “Allow Floating Documents in Full Edit Mode.” Click OK then select Window > Float all in Windows. In PS, choose Window > Arrange > Float all in Windows. You can use the title bars as handles to drag the windows side by side.
Repeat the same steps with digital papers to make a patterned paper insert instead of a photo insert.
You can drag frames or overlays to the top of your photos before printing. You can also decorate them with text, word art, and digital embellishments prior to sending them to the printer.
You can save a few pennies by dragging several photos and paper inserts onto your document before printing. You can select an image and press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get a box around your image that will allow you to turn it so that you can fit more on a page. Hold the Shift key as you twist the image to turn it in increments.
I like to completely fill the page before selecting File > Print from the Menu bar.
In the print dialog, you can adjust your print settings before sending the page to your home printer.
To send the page to be printed at a store, select File > Save As and change the format to JPEG. Give the image a name and click Save. This image can be uploaded or moved to a flash drive/card to take it to a store.
Idea: An easy way to print the popular 4x3 size is to create a 4x6-inch document. Crop two images and drag them side-by-side onto the 4x6-inch page. Print the image, then cut it in half.
To make the standard 3.5 x 5-inch size, create a 5x7-inch document. Crop two images and drag them side-by-side onto the 5x7-inch page. This is often more economical than printing a larger size.
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