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Chapter 4. Resolution Solutions > Scaling Images in Other Programs

Scaling Images in Other Programs

When you scale an image in a page layout or illustration program, you are effectively changing the image's resolution. Unlike Photoshop, these programs cannot change the number of pixels in an image and therefore can only change the pixels' size. (Remember, pixel size is also called resolution and is measured in pixels per inch.) Scaling an image to 50% of its original size in a page layout program will shove twice as many pixels into each inch, effectively doubling the image's resolution.

If you are not sure how large your image will need to be, then scan the image for the largest possible size you think you might need. After you have scaled the image in your page layout program, write down the final size from the Measurements palette. Then, to ensure the highest quality, open the image in Photoshop and use the Image Size dialog box to scale the image to its final size. Finally, reload the image into the page layout program at 100% scale.

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