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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to adjust the relationship between an image and a physical piece of paper. So I'll show you how to rotate the image on the page, how to scale the image and position it as well, all inside the Print dialog box. Notice that I'm still working inside The joy of color.psd found inside the 11_printing folder. That much you probably knew, but I want you to note something about this Title bar. Notice that there is no Asterisk after the parentheses, which tells me that my image is up to date. There are no unsaved changes that will become important in just a moment.
Now I'm going to go to the File menu and choose the Print command or press Ctrl+P, Command+P on the Mac to bring up the colossal Print dialog box. I'm seeing a preview of my horizontal image on a vertically formatted 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper. Now that's fine. The image fits, so there is not going to be any cropping, but I also have very little room to increase the size of my image. It seems to me, I'd have a lot more flexibility, if I print my horizontal image on a horizontal piece of paper, and that's where these two little guys come into play. You've got the guy who is standing up, which is a Vertical or Portrait orientation, and you've got the guy who has fallen over, which is a Horizontal or Landscape Orientation.
So if I click on this, fallen down and can't get up guy, then I'll end up with a horizontal image on a horizontal page. Now this isn't really going to change the angle at which your paper comes out of your printer or really changing the angle of the image on the page. But now notice I have a lot more room to Scale my image. I can Scale the image using these numerical options if I want to, or I can change the size manually by turning on this Bounding Box check box, which provides me with corner handles. Then I can drag a corner handle to either make the image larger like so or smaller.
Notice that you're always scaling proportionally, so you can't squish or stretch your image, and you're also scaling with respect to the center of the page. Now I'm going to go ahead and make my image a little bit larger like so, and I can see that the Scale of the image is now 126.29% in my case. Obviously, your results will be different. My Height is 6.314 inches. My Width is 9.472 inches. My Print Resolution changes automatically. All these values change automatically, but you do not have access to Print Resolution.
You cannot change it directly here inside the Print dialog box. Notice that it's drop down to 237 pixels per inch. Something to note about scaling inside of the Print dialog box is that you never add or subtract pixels. So it's like having the Resample Image check box turned off inside of the Image Size dialog box. Now if you want to make the image as big as it can be, then go ahead and click on Scale to Fit Media, and Photoshop will automatically scale the image, so that it will print entirely on a piece of paper.
So in other words, these little margins right there are the margins that are required by the printer itself in order to accurately represent the image. Now notice also, up here in this Printer pop-up menu, you can switch to a different printer. You're only going to see however, the printers that have already been installed on your system. That's ultimately an issue of your operating system. I happened to be going to a Color LaserJet 2700. That's here inside of the lynda.com headquarters. Now if ever you want to resize your image from this point on, you need to turn Scale to Fit Media back off.
Then for example, I could reinstate my Scale to 100%, if I want to reinstate the original size of my image. Now let's say that I want to position my image on the page. I should be able to just drag this image inside of the preview, but that doesn't work. That's because Center Image is turned on by default here inside the Position area. You need to turn that Center Image check box off. Doesn't do anything, except now it allows you to drag the image to a different location, which is great if you're trying to avoid other elements that have already been printed on a sheet of paper such as a letterhead or an address or something along those lines.
If you ever want to re-center the image, obviously, you just turn the Center Image check box back on. All right, I'm going to go ahead and change the Scale of my image to 120%. That takes the Width value up to 9 inches. The Height is now 6 inches and the Print Resolution is 250 pixels per inch. That's something I want you to remember, just put in the back of your mind for the next exercise, it becomes important. All right, now you have one of three options. You can cancel out and abandon everything you've done inside of this dialog box. You can go and Print the image obviously, which will retain your settings or if you just want to save your settings and nothing else, you don't need to print the image right now.
You just click on Done. Notice now I go back up to my Title bar. I have an Asterisk, which is saying that I have unsaved changes. If I go to the File menu and choose the Save command, I will save my print settings along with my image, which means that every single image that I save inside of Photoshop can have its own unique settings, and I can replicate those settings over and over again. All right, so that's how you change Orientation, Scale and Position, when you're printing an image inside of Photoshop. In the next exercise, I'm going to reveal a few strange but very important print curiosities.
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