How do I resize a picture?

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  1. C00KiE macrumors member

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    I have 4x6 printing paper. I wanted my picture to be smaller than that. In my print preview I am able to shrink it but it will not stay that way:confused: What do I need to do? I wanted my picture to be 2x3
     
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  3. C00KiE thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok so i tried to do that but the printer was still recognizing it as still being a bigger size. So I went to the hp website and updated the version. I'm using the hp photosmart studio. Since I updated i don't see anywhere to change the picture size. Where do i resize it? Under edit there is only "find," "spelling grammar" and "special characteristics."


    and there is no tools to choose from.
     
  4. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Open the image in Preview. When you choose "print," you'll have an option to scale the picture by the percentage of your choice. That may be the easiest method for you.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    As I said, use Preview to resize it and be sure to save it after you resize it.
     
  6. C00KiE thread starter macrumors member

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    this is not working. I opened in preview and went to tools clicked on adjust size, typed in 2x3 clicked ok and saved it. I didn't print it through print preview cause it doesn't let me choose my paper size and what kind of paper so I open it through photosmart studio cause i can choose paper and type. Did that and the picture came out being a 4x6. I'll try again later.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It sounds like you need to check to make sure Photosmart isn't resizing it in your print preferences. If you resize it using Preview and save it, your changes should still be there. You can verify the changes have been saved by locating the file in Finder, right-click on it and "Get Info". Under "More Info" you should see the dimensions. If they are as you want them to be, but the photo prints with a different size in Photosmart, then your print settings in Photosmart are most likely the culprit. Have you tried printing it from Preview, instead of using Photosmart?

    Finder > right-click > Get Info:
    Picture 1.jpg
    Preview > Tools > Adjust Size:
    Picture 2.jpg
    Preview > Print > Scale 100%
    Picture 3.jpg
    Preview > Print > Scale To Fit:
    Picture 4.jpg
     
  8. C00KiE thread starter macrumors member

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    I did try but the printer says paper doesn't match. I'll try what you said in your last post.




    I tried printing from preview. From print I don't get all the options that you posted above. All I get is printer.... presets... pdf, preview, cancel and print.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You keep saying "preview" instead of "Preview", which leads me to believe that you're not following my instructions. I'm referring to "Preview", the application in your Applications folder, not your print preview in any other program. That's why it's capitalized.
    Picture 6.jpg
    Picture 7.jpg
     
  10. C00KiE thread starter macrumors member

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    ^^^Yeah that's what I'm talking about. I went to that, but when I choose "print" from Preview in the applications I don't have the options like you. The ones you posted for size and everything else. When I open it through photosmart studio and select "print" I have those options. So I don't know what's wrong.
     
  11. akdj macrumors 65816

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    When your print dialog box comes up, click the little arrow to the right of "Printer" that faces down (outside of the box, NOT the arrows that face up and down:)). Click the down arrow and that will expand your print options

    Hope that helps

    Jer
     
  12. akdj macrumors 65816

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    Check out this screenshot and you'll see the little down arrow I'm talking about
    Just to the right of Printer top line
     

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    You’re in the right place here; however, if you’re trying to print a photo you’re looking at in the wrong place. The settings the earlier poster alluded to with the pictures (about scaling and resizing to fit) are ones that would pop up in Preview when you’re trying to print an image. ;)

    EDIT: Sorry, I thought akdj was the thread starter! :eek:
     
  16. C00KiE thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks akdj. That did help, but my issue now is the picture comes out being 3x4 and I wanted a 2x3. When I enter the width and height I am able to change the width to 2 and the height automatically changes to 1.41 inches. I am unable to change the height without the width changing. Also on the preview from the "Preview application" the pic looks the same size (3x4) when the picture was saved at as 2x1.41 inches.
     
  17. joro macrumors 68020

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    It’s going to scale the image proportionally so you might want to check the original image size because it might not be a perfect 4 x 6 when measured. Also, you could drop the photo into a program like Photoshop or gimp to resize and crop exactly to the dimensions you want.
     
  18. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you don't want it to scale proportionately, just uncheck the option in Preview > Tools > Adjust Size:
    Picture 16.jpg
     
  19. carlgo macrumors 68000

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    It is almost 2010 and printing is still far too complex. The Apple software, the various printer software versions and those of other supporting programs like Photoshop, Elements, etc. still do not play well with each other.

    It is all too difficult to simply set the size you need (like in this post). Why is that hard? It shouldn't be and shouldn't require all sorts of nerdy work-arounds. Should the average computer user have to know about all that stuff? Ridiculous.

    I have gone around in circles many times trying to size the output, get color that approximates the screen, and all that. The only thing that you can depend on is the Out of Ink, Buy More dialogues. I think they spent most of their money on that when they write the software..

    Remember WYSIWYG? (buzzer sound). It seems like it takes 29 steps, some redundant, to print a stinking decent photo.

    What is needed is a Printing Unification program that gives you one decent control so that you can actually print something nice easily, the first time, not matter what the printer or other programs.
     
  20. C00KiE thread starter macrumors member

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    GGJ I unchecked the box and it was able to stay at 2x3 inches. When i saved it as that the picture seemed to stretch for some reason. In print preview form "Preview" applications the picture almost took up all the space on the 4x6 paper and it should be this tiny pic:confused: The original picture was 3x5 1/2, which was scanned if that matters.
     
  21. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    OK, starting with an original picture, at 600x600:
    Picture 1.jpg
    If I resize it, scaling proportionately:
    Picture 2.jpg
    It comes out 300x300:
    Serenity Album Art 300x300.jpg
    If I resize it, without scaling proportionately:
    Picture 3.jpg
    It comes out 600x300:
    Serenity Album Art 600x300.jpg
    It just depends on what you're trying to accomplish. You can resize, proportionately or not, crop, and do many other modifications with the Preview app. Either you're not adjusting the size of the picture correctly, or you're not selecting the right options when you print. If you use the software correctly, you can do most basic image modifications with Preview.app.
     
  22. akdj macrumors 65816

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    You are obviously working on a Mac, right?

    You can also do it relatively easily in iPhoto. Whenever you go to print, send, or publish the picture, it will ask you what resolution/size you want....

    Another workaround if working inside of Preview is too much a pain in the a**

    J
     
  23. C00KiE thread starter macrumors member

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    ^^^Awesome. That did it. I never used Iphoto before, first time. More simple than that hp junk. Thanks everyone for your help.:)
     

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