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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 the previous exercise I showed you how to scale and position the image on the printed page. In this exercise, we'll discuss a few ramifications of those changes. So here I am still working inside The joy of color.psd, Found inside the 11_printing folder. I have made some changes inside the Print dialog box. So I'll go to the File menu. I'll choose the Print command, Ctrl+P Command+P on the Mac. Notice I changed the orientation of the page. So it's now horizontal. The scale is 120%, meaning that the image will print 9 inches wide, 6 inches tall with a Resolution of 250 pixels per inch, remember that.
All right, now let's say that's the kind of thing you want to print over and over again. Cancel out. If all you want to do is print one copy of your image using the last saved settings then you go up to the File menu and you choose Print One Copy. Or you mash your fist on the Modifier Keys and press P. So that's Ctrl+Shift+Alt+P on the PC, Command+Shift+Option+P on the Mac. That will go ahead and print one copy of your image just as I've done now. It avoids all those dialog boxes. It doesn't ask you any questions.
Just does what you told it to do. All right, so there's thing number one I wanted to show you. Thing number two is there's a strange disconnect. I mentioned this back in Chapter 5. But now we're going to see why it exists. There's a strange disconnect between the information inside the Print dialog box and the information inside the Image Size dialog box as well as the Info panel and so forth. So even though my image is now set to print at 9 inches wide, 6 inches tall, a Resolution of 250 pixels per inch. Notice over here in the Info panel, it still says 7.5 inches wide, 5 inches tall, 300 pixels per inch.
If I go up to the Image menu and choose the Image Size command, or press Ctrl+Alt+I, Command+Option+I on the Mac, same diff, still 7.5 inches wide, still 5 inches tall, still Resolution of 300 pixels per inch. What is going on? Well, here's the deal. The Print command pays attention to Image Size, but the Image Size command along with Info and its followers does not pay attention to Print. Why in the world would that be? It seems so darn confusing. Why would Adobe do it that way? Well, there's a good reason. It's still confusing, but there's a good reason for it.
This document size affects the base document size. That is the size at which the image for example will import into a page layout program be it InDesign or QuarkXPress or even Illustrator, any object-oriented program. So if I were to place this file into Illustrator, InDesign and so on, it would arrive at 7.5 inches wide, 5 inches tall, the Resolution of 300 pixels per inch. I could of course override that inside one of those other programs if I wanted to. But this would be the base document size. By virtue of the fact that Print operates independently, the Print command here inside of Photoshop, you can print the image at a still different size directly from Photoshop, meaning that you can preview the image for example, larger than it will exist in your final InDesign, Illustrator or QuarkXPress document.
So I just want you to know that there is a disconnect and why that exists? All right, now I'm just going to cancel out. For the final thing I want to show you, I'll go to the File menu. I'll choose the Print command, Ctrl+P, Command+P on the Mac. I'm going to enlarge the heck out of this image. I'll just drag this corner handle until the image becomes quite large indeed. Now I'll drag it down a little bit after that is, I turn off center image, so that I can reposition the image. Notice that we're seeing a very jagged image indeed.
Now the Print Resolution is dropped in my case to 60 pixels per inch. But I'm not seeing anything near that Resolution inside the preview. I'm seeing it very low Resolution preview at this point. Well, that's because right after you get done scaling an image the Print dialog box does a really bad job of updating that preview. So refresh the preview, so it looks its very best. You need to click on the Done button. Then go back to the File menu, and choose the Print command again. Now it will come up looking the way it should.
Notice that we have a lot more clarity than we would have originally thought. So if you are increasing the size of the image inside of the Print dialog box, don't believe what you see at first. Go ahead and click Done. Then choose Print again. Now take a look at the preview, and it will be refreshed and ready to go. All right, I'm going to turn center image back on. I'm going to restore the Scale value to 120% like so, and I'm going to click on the Done button in order to reinstate the settings I had at the outset of this exercise.
In the next exercise I'm going to show you how to work with the Output Options inside Photoshop.
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