The most simple definition of scaling a photo or some other image is that you are simultaneously making the graphic larger as well as scaled-down. Of course, there are some things to take into account before trying this particular process in order to ensure the new version of the picture is as well-defined and authentic as the original.
As in any field, there will be certain terms that are frequently used and understanding what they mean is important. So, if you are new to photo editing, below are the most common terms and their meaning.
Cropping, Scaling, Re-sampling Images
Cropping – We described that cropping your photo merely meant eliminating a single or more elements of your photo from the very top, bottom part or even either side. In this process, everything else within your snapshot remains the very same.
Resampling – any image is different in that you are altering the actual pixel dimensions of your original graphic. And of course, by now we all know that the more pixels in the actual graphic the crisper it is. Downsizing an image whenever you are resampling results in reducing pixels which in turn removes important data along with specific and important information that was in the actual original image.
Scaling – this process means that you actually are re-sizing the picture. Though there are certainly highly sophisticated image editing software apps in the industry, scaling as well as resizing is really a very basic process and does not need to end up being difficult. User-friendly photo editing and enhancing software is going to, in short order, show you just how to size almost any graphic proportionately no matter if you are working in inches, specific percentage, or pixels.
Digital images are actually made up of pixels and are defined by means of a particular amount of pixels in width and height. One of the principal challenges that frequently comes up with trying to share photographs captured by using any higher mega pixel camera is file size restrictions. Whether it be in Facebook or maybe in an electronic mail, the photograph sizing may just be far too big for you to perform any practical editing with.
Having said that, it is important for you to scale your original picture down in the event it has a resolution that is actually too large to work with. This process will make it so much easier to share all your photos with others.
Paint.NET offers a number of remarkable features but can be tough for individuals new to photo cropping and editing. We recommend trying InPixio Picture Editor, an uncomplicated but powerful photograph enhancing application to get you started working with your pictures. This is offered for Windows users and not only does it have all the basic image enhancing options but also many state-of-the-art specific tools in addition to incredible special effects. Why not download it today and see just how easy it is to finally be able to share all those great photos you have been hanging on to.
Now that we understand the details behind scaling and resizing images lets walk through the steps required to do so in Paint.net:
Resize and Image in Paint.net
1. Open Paint .NET (Start > All Programs > .NET Paint)
2. Open the image to be resized (File > Open [Select your image (1)])
3. Open the Resize dialog box (Image > Resize)
4. For the “Resampling” option select “Best Quality”
5. Make sure the option for “By absolute size” is selected.
6. Check the “Maintain aspect ratio” checkbox.
7. Under the “Pixel size” section of the Resize dialog box change the resolution value to “72” or “72.00”. This is the standard resolution used for displaying images on a computer screen.
8. Enter the width or height you want to change the image to. (2)
9. Click “OK”.
10. Save the image by selecting (File > Save As.. )
11. Enter a new name for your image. (3)
12. On the save configuration window change the quality to 80%.
13. Click “OK”.
Lets learn more about Paint.NET
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 Paint.net
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 Paint.net 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 Paint.net to spice up your photos!