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How to Resize an Image in Adobe Photoshop

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At some point, you are going to want to resize, crop or modify the size of your image. Adobe Lightroom can resize an image, but you will need Adobe Photoshop to do it more professionally.
Read here for our tips on how to resize an image in Photoshop.

How to Resize an Image in Photoshop

Let’s start with the image you want to resize in Photoshop. Open Photoshop and click on open. Find your image in the navigation box and click open.
Screenshot of opening an image in photoshop - how to resize images in photoshop
Your image will appear in its default state. This depends on the original dimensions of the image.
How to resize an image in Photoshop - screenshot of adjusting the images default size
First, check the resolution and actual size of your image.
Click on Image in the top bar menu. 
How to resize an image in Photoshop - image size
Continue to Image Size. 
Screenshot of adjusting image size to resize an image in Photoshop
This box will give you all the information you need about the size of your image.
Change the resolution to 300. This is how many dots per inch (dpi) there are. This means your image has the highest quality from the start.
How to resize an image in Photoshop - screenshot of adjusting resolution
Under Image Size, you will see the initial size of the image, and the current size.
This has decreased due to changing the resolution from 72 to 300 dpi and the size from 168.31 cm to 30cm.
You can change the width and height as you see fit. You might prefer to resize in cm to print the image for a specific frame.
Working in pixels would be better for web. WordPress and websites tend to use images of 700 pixels at their longest edge.
The thing to note is resampling. If this box is checked, it will keep the initially set dimensions, and the same ratio of the image (usually 2:3).
How to resize an image in Photoshop - adjusting dimensions
Under the drop-down menu Dimensions, you can find preset sizes.
How to resize an image in Photoshop - interface Adobe Photoshop
After clicking OK, your image will reappear in the usual interface.
If it’s too small, or you would like to continue to work on it, look towards the bottom left-hand corner.
The percentage size is the percentage of the actual size of the image you are seeing. In this case, the image is 4 times smaller than its actual size.
You can choose to zoom in, or click on the percentage to type a new value.
How to resize an image in Photoshop - interface Adobe Photoshop

How to Crop an Image in Photoshop

Let’s start off by opening the image you want to crop on photoshop. Open Photoshop and click on open. Find your image and press open.
Screenshot of opening an image for cropping in photoshop - how to resize images in photoshop
After your image opens, click on the Marquee tool on the left-hand panel.
How to resize an image in Photoshop - marquee tool Adobe Photoshop
At the top, you will see Style and a subsequent drop-down menu.
Normal allows you choose the size.
Fixed Ratio keeps the predetermined ratio.
Fixed Size is a specific size.
How to resize an image in Photoshop - Fixed ratio interface Adobe Photoshop
The Fixed Ratio is the best for keeping the same dimensions. Select and change to 2:3.
How to resize an image in Photoshop - interface Adobe Photoshop
Click and drag to create the area.
Screenshot of how to resize images in photoshop
After selecting the crop you wish, go to Image>Crop to crop the image.
Screenshot of how to resize an image on Photoshop - cropping
This is the cropped image. The marching ants will stay around the image. Deselecting the tool (Cmnd/Ctrl+D) will remove them.
How to resize an image on Photoshop - marching ants
If you wish to crop out the areas of an image you don’t wish to keep, use the Marquee Tool again.
Screenshot of using the marquee tool to resize an image on Photoshop
Head to Select>Inverse. This swaps the unmarqueed area for a marqueed area, read to be cropped.
Screenshot of cropping an image on Photoshop
Crop as before by going to Image>Crop.
Screenshot of cropping an image in photoshop - resize photos in photoshop
Use the Image>Image Size to check on the size and resolution of the image before you save it.
Screenshot of saving an image in photoshop - how to resize an image in photoshop
And you’re done! All you need to know how to resize an image in Photoshop!
Before you go, check out this helpful video we’ve found.

For more great Photoshop tips, check out our posts on how to adjust white balance or using frequency separation.

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