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Part 3. Basic Photo Fixing > Resizing and Resampling an Image

Resizing and Resampling an Image

Digital photos are composed of a finite number of pixels. Resizing and resampling often go hand in hand: If you increase the size of an image, the result can look coarse unless you resample it to increase the resolution at the same time. If you reduce the image size, it decreases the resolution, resulting in a smaller file size.

With a picture in the active image area, choose Image, Resize, Image Size.

Click Resample Image.

Type a new width in either Width field.

If desired, type a new value in the Resolution field. Click OK.

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Enter Width or Height

In step 3, make sure Constrain Properties is checked, then enter Width or Height, but not both. If you enter one, the program calculates the other so that the image isn't distorted.


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Bicubic Is Best

For all but the slowest computers or very large images, leave the Resample Image option set to Bicubic, which gives the highest-quality result. Bilinear, which takes less processing time, is the next-best choice.


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