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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
So, what I want to do to this image is I want to add canvas to the outside edge of all four sides, but by a specific amount. Not just kind of free-form it by eyeballing it. I want let's say an exact inch added above, below, and to the left and right, on all four sides of that image. How would I go about doing that? I'd go to the Image menu, choose down to Canvas Size and use this dialog to do so. Now, the default is to have this option called Relative not turned on. What that's showing you is the current size of the image.
The Canvas is 12.133x808. Then I have to sit there and do some math. Okay, if I want three quarters of an inch to be added to all four sides, I have to do three quarters. So 0.75 times two is 1.5. Then I've got to do 12.133 plus 1.5. Oh! That's too much math! So if I know that I want a specific amount equally on all four sides, I'm going to turn on the Relative checkbox. What this lets me do is just type in the number I want added. Now it's going to be added equally on each side. So if I type in 1 inch here, half of that's going to go to the left and half of that's going to go to the right.
So if I want an exact inch on either side, I actually need to type in 2 inches to add to the width. If I want to add the height as well, I would type 2 inches there. Before I click OK, you can actually choose which color the Canvas that's going to be added to the image should be. You can choose White, Black or Gray or you can go Other to bring up color picker and choose a specific color. I'm just going to go with Gray, go ahead and click OK. You get exactly what you want. The Canvas has been added to on all four sides. The amount that got added to each side is exactly 1 inch.
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