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Previewing an image at print size

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

Video: Previewing an image at print size

In this movie, I''ll show you how to preview an image at exactly the size it will print, right here inside the image window. Now, before we start, I should tell you one of the things you're going to need is either tape measure or some sort of ruler, so that you can measure your screen. And also, this only works when you're printing at a 100%. So what I recommend you do is go up to the File > Print. Confirm that the Scale value is set to 100%. If it's not, go ahead and reset it. Also turn on my Center checkbox to center the image, and then I'd go ahead and click on the Print button in order to print that job.

Previewing an image at print size

In this movie, I''ll show you how to preview an image at exactly the size it will print, right here inside the image window. Now, before we start, I should tell you one of the things you're going to need is either tape measure or some sort of ruler, so that you can measure your screen. And also, this only works when you're printing at a 100%. So what I recommend you do is go up to the File > Print. Confirm that the Scale value is set to 100%. If it's not, go ahead and reset it. Also turn on my Center checkbox to center the image, and then I'd go ahead and click on the Print button in order to print that job.

So, I can later compare it to what I see on screen. Now, what you're supposed to be able to do, is go to the File > Print Size. But if you're doing this along with me, you will find that the image you just printed and the image you're seeing on screen are actually different sizes. And that's because, by default, the command does not work. You have to first make Photoshop aware of your screen's resolution. And that means measuring your screen and figuring out the size of the pixel display.

So, step one is to measure the width of the entire screen. Now, mind you, you're not measuring the frame around the monitor, just the bright imageable area of that screen. Now, in my case, I'm working on a 23-inch monitor. But monitors are measured diagonally. After all that's the biggest measurement. And display vendors like to make their devices sound as big as possible. My 23-inch screen actually measures 20 inches wide. So that's the first number you have to find out.

The second number you get to on a Mac the same way you get to those color options. I'll go ahead and zoom in here, so we can see what I'm talking about. You choose Apple > System Preferences, and you click on the Display icon. And then, you find the width value. How wide is the screen in pixels? Here on the PC, I press the Window button and the D key, in order to switch to the desktop. Then I'd right-click inside the image window and choose Screen Resolution. And I can see that the recommended resolution is 1920 pixels wide.

We only care about the width value because I only measured the width of my screen. In my case, however, I have the resolution set to 1280 by 720, which is how we record these videos. Next, I'd go ahead and bring up my calculator. And you take the resolution value and you divide it by the measurement. So if I were working on a standard monitor, I would take 1920 and I would go ahead and divide it by 20, like so. And I would find out that the actual resolution of my monitor is 96 pixels per inch.

In my case, it's different though, since I only have my monitor set to 1280. I'll go ahead and divide it by twenty, and I find out that my screen's resolution is 64 pixels per inch. Alright. Now I'm going to switch back to Photoshop and I'm going to turn off that text layer right there. Now, we're going to change a preference setting and the easiest way to bring up the Preferences dialog box is to press Ctrl + K here on a PC or Cmd + K on a Mac. And then, I'll switch to the seventh item down, Units & Rulers.

And notice the screen Resolution Value, which is set to 72 pixels per inch by default. There's just about no monitor out there that has this resolution set that low. Mine does, I'm just at 64 pixels per inch. But more likely, you're anywhere between 96 pixels per inch, as with the standard PC display, and all the way up to something like 120 pixels per inch if you're working with, say, a MacBook Pro or some other portable device with a really nice screen. But as I say, mine just crack down to 64 pixels per inch.

So I'll go ahead and enter that number. Then I'll click OK. And now, whatever number you've entered should be able to, now go up to the View > Print Size. And Photoshop will zoom the image to its printed size. And now, you should be able to take that piece of paper that you just printed, hold it up to the screen, and find out that the images are, if not absolutely identical than very nearly so. And that's how you preview the image at the exact size it will print here in Photoshop.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 29m 46s
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
      35s
    2. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    3. Using Content-Aware Patch
      5m 42s
    4. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      2m 5s
    5. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      3m 9s
    6. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    7. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    8. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    9. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      5m 58s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 10s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 7s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 36s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 32s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 57m 13s
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting paths and isolating layers
      4m 11s
    6. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      5m 59s
    7. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      5m 50s
    8. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    9. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    10. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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