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Cream of the Crop: cropping and resizing > Custom Sizes for Photographers

Custom Sizes for Photographers

Photoshop’s dialog for creating new documents has a pop-up menu with a list of Preset Sizes. You’re probably thinking, “Hey, there’s a 4 × 6, 5 × 7, and 8 × 10—I’m set.” The problem is there’s no way to switch the orientation of these presets (so a 4 × 6 will always be a 4″ wide by 6″ tall portrait-oriented document). That’s why creating your own custom new document sizes is so important. Here’s how.

Step One.
Go under the File menu and choose New. When the New dialog box appears, click on the Preset pop-up menu to reveal the list of preset sizes. The preset sizes for photographers are the set just below the preset for Tabloid, and they include 2 × 3, 4 × 6, 5 × 7, and 8 × 10. The only problem with these is that their orientation is set to portrait and their resolution is set to 300 by default. So, if you want a landscape preset, at less than 300 ppi, you need to create and save your own.

Step Two.
For example, let’s say that you want a 5 × 7 set to landscape (that’s 7″ wide by 5″ tall). First, enter 7 inches in the Width field (as shown here), 5 inches in the Height field, and your desired Color Mode and resolution (I input 212 ppi, which is enough for me to have my image printed on a high-end printing press). Once your settings are in place, click the Save Preset button (as shown).

Step Three.
This brings up the New Document Preset dialog box. You can toggle on/off which parameters you want saved, but I use the default setting of including everything (better safe than sorry, I guess).

Step Four.
Click OK and your new custom preset appears in the pop-up list of Presets (as shown here). You only have to go through this once, as Photoshop CS remembers your custom settings, and they will appear in this Preset menu from now on.

Step Five.
If you decide you want to delete a preset, it’s simple—just open the New dialog, choose the preset you want to delete from the Preset pop-up menu, then click on the Delete Preset button (as shown here). A warning dialog appears asking you to confirm the delete. Click Yes, and it’s gone!



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