In its most basic definition, scaling a photo simply means making your image bigger or smaller. Of course, there are several factors to take into consideration before attempting this process in order to keep the new version of your photo sharp and true to the original.
If you’re just starting out editing your photos, there are a few terms that are commonly used in most photo editing applications and can cause confusion if you don’t understand the difference between such terms as scaling, cropping, and resampling.
Cropping, Scaling, Re-sampling Images
If you’re just starting out editing your photos, there are a few terms that are commonly used in most photo editing applications and can cause confusion if you don’t understand the difference between such terms as scaling, cropping, and re-sampling.
Cropping an image, we explained that cropping a photo simply meant removing one or more parts of your picture from the top, bottom or either side. In this process, everything else in your picture remains the same.
Resampling an image differs in that you are changing the pixel dimensions of your original image. And of course, by now we know that the more pixels in the image the sharper it is. Downsizing an image when you are resampling results in eliminating pixels which in turn deletes important information and certain details from the original image.
Scaling an image means you are re-sizing your photo. While there certainly are highly sophisticated photo editing software applications on the market, scaling or ‘resizing’ is a very basic process and does not need to be complicated. User-friendly photo editing software will, in short order, show you how to scale any image proportionately whether you are working in inches, a specified percentage, or in pixels.
Digital images are made up of pixels and are defined by a certain number of pixels in width and height. One of the main issues that often comes up in trying to share pictures taken with a high mega pixel camera is file size restrictions. Whether it be on Facebook or in an email, the image size can just be too big to do anything practical with.
Having said that, It is important to scale your original photo down if it has a resolution that is too high. This makes it much easier to share with family and friends.
Even though Adobe Photo Elements has some extremely useful features and are anything but difficult to utilize it truly is adapted towards more experienced image editors, the interface and broad list of capabilities can be somewhat overwhelming for a few. InPixio Photo Editor, a simple to use, yet sufficiently capable photo editing program is great software for beginners. It is available for Windows users and features a simple to use interface for making easy changes to your photos quickly. Try it today!
Now that we understand what each of these levels does and how they differ from each other lets walk through the steps to adjust contrast and brightness in Adobe Photoshop Elements.
How To Crop An Image in Adobe Photoshop Elements
Step 1: Click on the Cropping tool.
Step 2: From the Tool selection bar, choose the cropping guide that meets your needs. The options are Rule of Thirds, Golden Ratio, Grid, or None.
Step 3: If you want to change the native resolution of the original photo, choose one of the below options from the “Aspect Ratio” menu or you can use custom width and height in the options bar:
No Restriction – Allows you to change the size of the image dimensions.
Photo Ratio – Shows the native aspect ratio of the image when cropping. The Width and Height fields display the numerical values that are used for the cropped photo. The Resolution box allows you to alter the pictures resolution.
Preset Size – Allows you to select a predetermined size for the cropped image. If you are needing a particular size, such as 8 x 10 inches for a portrait frame, this is where you choose this preset size.
Step 4: Click and Drag your mouse over the portion of the photo you want to keep. When you let go of the mouse button, the crop icon looks like a box with handles at the edges and sides.Step 5: Click on the green button located on the right hand bottom corner of cropping icon to save your changes. Alternatively you can just double-click box to make the crop. If you for any reason you need to revert the change press escape key or click cancel.
Built-in Auto Cropping Options
Adobe Photoshop Elements also includes “Auto Cropping” suggestions based on common photo frame dimensions.
To use the automatic cropping options:
1. Open a image in Photoshop Elements.
2. Select the Crop tool. At the bottom 4 options will be displayed in the Tool bar.
3. Click on one you believe will work best for your photo. Keep in mind, when you change “Aspect Ratio” other suggestions will be available in the drop-down list.
Lets learn more about Adobe Photoshop Elements
Below we have gone into detail on some of the more common tools used on images to really make them pop. Feel free to jump to any of the following topics so you can get started right away:
Importing/Exporting Images – Find out the difference between Raster and Vector images, different file formats and how to import/export images into Adobe Photoshop Elements 15.
Adjusting Contrast – This section explains what contrast is all about including Brightness, Sharpness, Saturation/Hue and how they effect your images.
Cropping Images – Learn how to crop photos while maintaining aspect ratios, how to switch from portrait to landscape mode, crop to specific pixel dimensions.
Scaling Photos – Learn about scaling images in Adobe Photoshop Elements and the differences between cropping, resizing and scaling your photos.
Image Filters and Effects – We show you steps to applying filters and image effects in Adobe Photoshop Elements to spice up your photos!