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Gauging print size

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Video: Gauging print size

Throughout this chapter, we'll be approaching the Print options in the order that I think you're most likely to need them. For example, your first and foremost concern when printing an image from Photoshop is how big is it going to be? Are you printing a small postcard size image? Are you printing a large poster size image? How big do you need that image to be? So in this exercise, I'm going to show you how to gauge and modify that Print Size. Now some of this we've seen before back in chapter 3, but it's worth refreshing your memory, because it all really comes into play when you're printing from Photoshop.

Gauging print size

Throughout this chapter, we'll be approaching the Print options in the order that I think you're most likely to need them. For example, your first and foremost concern when printing an image from Photoshop is how big is it going to be? Are you printing a small postcard size image? Are you printing a large poster size image? How big do you need that image to be? So in this exercise, I'm going to show you how to gauge and modify that Print Size. Now some of this we've seen before back in chapter 3, but it's worth refreshing your memory, because it all really comes into play when you're printing from Photoshop.

Now I'm working inside this image called The joy of color.psd found inside the 11_printing folder. I'm seeing this image at the 66.7% zoom ratio. So not yet 100%, and yet it seems gargantuan. We're not seeing most of the image as warranted by this thumbnail here. There is a lot of the photograph that's missing. I'm zoomed in on these color chiclets at this point. So I have this sense right now that this is going to be a massive image. Yeah, it's actually small enough to fit on a letter-size page. So how do I find out what that Print Size is? Well, there is a variety of different options available to you.

First, under the Image menu, you can choose the Image Size command. Remember that guy, again from Chapter 5. Ctrl+Alt+I, Command+Option+I on the Mac, brings up the Image Size dialog box. First and foremost, you'll see the Pixel Dimensions, 2250 pixels wide, 1500 pixels tall. That doesn't tell you squat about the print size of this image. Those are the actual Pixel Dimensions. If you want to know the Print Size, you drop down to this guy right there, Document Size. What the word Document means is Print. That's exactly, absolutely and only what Document Size means is how big will the image print? In our case, it's going to be 7.5 inches wide by 5 inches tall with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch.

Now just by way of a refresher, if you want to change that physical print size, but you don't want to change the number of pixels inside the image which is the way I generally recommend you go, then you want to turn the Resample Image check box off like so. That turns off your access to the Pixel Dimensions. It links all three of these Document Size values to each other. Then I can go ahead and reduce the size of this image to 5 inches wide, which would automatically set the Height value to three and a-third inches. Then my Resolution grows to 450 pixels per inch.

Again, you may remember that when you reduce the size of the printed image. You increase the Resolution, because you're packing more pixels into a smaller area. Whereas, if you increase the size value, I'll take it up to 10 inches wide, six and two-third inches high. Now my Resolution drops down to 225 pixels per inch, which is just barely acceptable for close viewing purposes. Anyway, I don't want to change this. I'm going to cancel out, but that is how I could change the Print Size if I wanted to.

Another way to gauge Print Size inside of Photoshop is to bring up the Info panel. I'll go ahead and double-click on this gray area to the right of the word Info, or I could choose the Info command from the Window menu or I could press the F8 key. If you modified this panel the way I suggested earlier in this series, then you will see the size of the image 2250 pixels wide by 1500 pixels tall. That however does not tell you how big the image is gong to print. If you want to see the print size, go over to this X, Y option right there.

Notice this cross with this tiny little arrowhead. The arrowhead shows you that there is a pop-up menu, click, and switchover to one of your physical units of measure. That's going to be Inches or Centimeters or Millimeters or Points or Picas, totally up to you. So one of these five options there. I'm going to switch to Inches. Now that should be all it takes. You should now see the size of your printed image represented in Inches. I'm working in a Beta version of the software, so this isn't quite functioning right.

If for some reason it ends up not functioning right for you, here is what you do. You go to the Fly-out menu icon, click on it, choose panel Options, and that'll bring up this dialog box here, just change any of these check boxes. You could turn on Timing for example if you want to, and then click OK. Notice that that goes ahead and refreshes this area, shows me that the image is 7.5 inches wide, 5 inches tall with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch. Now, I'm also seeing the time spent on the last operation that I performed inside of Photoshop for what that's worth.

Anyway, I'm now going to switch that guy back off. So I'll go to panel Options. Once again, turn Timing off. I don't want to see that, click OK. The other option that's available to you is you can click right here on the Document Size in the lower left corner of the image window. Click and hold, and you will see the size of the image represented not only in pixels, but also in my case in inches. You will see the resolution of your image as well. Now, in the old days in Photoshop CS3 and earlier, when you clicked and held on this option, you would see this box with an X through it.

That showed you how the image was going to line up on the printed piece of paper. That's no longer available to you here from this option. If you want a preview how your image will print, then you need to go up to the File menu, and choose the Print command or you can press Ctrl+P, Command+P, the industry standard keyboard shortcut for Print. That brings up the Print dialog box, which actually shows you a preview of your color image on a physical piece of paper right there. You also have the Scaling options available to you as well.

I'm gong to show you how to scale the image on the page as well as change the orientation whether it's horizontal or vertical in the next exercise.

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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