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Once you have finished all of your Photoshop work, you're now ready to begin the printing process. There is something that's so exciting about printing. I love just having that final artifact in my hands. Well, one of our first steps here is going to be resizing our images. So let's open up the Image Size dialog window. On a Mac press Command+Option+I; on a PC Ctrl+Alt+I. Now as you remember from a previous chapter, the first step is to turn Resample Image off. The next step is to change the Resolution.
Now here, I either print my images at 180 or at 240. I am going to go ahead and leave this at 240, because that's the resolution that I use most frequently. Next, we click Resample back on. Now from here, we are going to make some resizing decisions. What I want to do is print this out as a 5x7. So in this case, I am going to resize this smaller; thus, I am going to use Bicubic Sharper, which is best for reduction. All right. Well, for my Height, I'll go ahead and take this down to 5. And here you can see I have a 5x7.5. That's going to work pretty well.
I'll need to trim off a little bit of the image, and we'll do that here shortly. At this juncture, I'll simply click OK. That will then resize this image. Well, the next step that I am going to take here is I am going to use my Crop tool in order to finish this off. I want this 7 inches wide by 5 inches tall, at a resolution of 240. Now, I'll click and drag and expand my Crop tool across my image. I am going to lose a little bit of the photograph. So I have to be careful how I move this, because I'm changing the composition just a touch.
Then I press Enter or Return in order to apply that crop. Let's double check and take a look at our image size. We can do so by going to the Image Size dialog, and we can press that shortcut or simply open it up. All right. Well, here we have a 5x7, 240 pixels per inch. That looks perfect. All right. Well, let's go ahead and cancel out of this window. We were just using that to check the image. Next step is going to be sharpen this photo. Let's go ahead and zoom in to 100%.
We can do so by double-clicking the Zoom tool. Now, when I do that and pan around the image, I'm looking at the detail that I am going to get when I finally print this photo. And at this juncture, I may want to add a little bit a sharpening, or modify the sharpening, because at this point sharpening is all about output, right? We are sharpening with the output mind. I'll go ahead and copy the background layer. Command+J on a Mac Ctrl+J on a PC. Name this sharp. Navigate to my Filter pulldown menu, select Sharpen and Smart Sharpen, and we know how Smart Sharpen works, right? We have an Amount, and then we bring up our Radius, in this case, a pretty low radius, because there are a lot of really high-contrast edges.
I think that looks pretty good. We'll go ahead and click OK. Take this to a Blend mode of Luminosity, so that we don't exaggerate any problematic noise, especially in some of the background areas. And now this image has been successfully resized and sharpened, and we are ready for the next step.
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