Cropping and Resizing Images

Cropping and Resizing Images

By Discovery Center Team

Cropping and resizing images are two of the most commonly used functions in any photo editing program. In this tutorial, you will learn all the different ways you can crop or resize your images for different purposes.

You will learn how to:

  • Resize your photos for printing.
  • Resize your photos for sharing over the internet.
  • Crop your images to preserve the best portions.

Check out some examples of cool photos that were resized without losing quality below.

Welcome to this tutorial on cropping and resizing images in Corel PaintShop Pro!

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In this tutorial we will show you various options for resizing images and how to crop photographs to common print sizes.

How to Crop a Photo

1. First, launch PaintShop Pro and make sure that the Edit workspace is selected.

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2. Next, open the image you’re going to be working with.

In this example, I would like to print a photograph to fit in an 8 x 10 inch frame.  Since  most cameras shoot images in a size ratio of 4 x 6, by cropping the photo in PaintShop Pro, I can ensure that I have the proper height-to-width ratio for an 8 x 10 inch print.

3. Select the Crop tool from the Tools toolbar and the cropping options will appear on the screen.

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4. From the drop- list, select 8 x 10.  Now drag the corner nodes of the cropping area and position it around the part of the image that you want to keep.

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5. Click the green Apply check mark button to complete the crop and then go to File > Save_As and save a copy of your cropped image.

Now this photo can be printed to fit in an 8 x 10 inch frame, either at home, or through a printing service. The same method can be used for other common print sizes such as 4 x 6 inch, which is the standard size for photo albums, or 5 x 7 inch, which is the standard size for greeting cards.

How to Resize a Photo 

Resizing your images can be important if you’re sending photos to family and friends. Many e-mail providers have limitations on the size of attachments, so sending large, high-resolution images can be a problem.

1. To resize a photo, go to the Image menu and select Resize.

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2. In the Resize menu select Advanced Settings. Make sure that the Lock Aspect Ratio check box is selected; this ensures that when you choose to resize the photo, it will maintain the same  height-to-width ratio.

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3. Next, change the unit dimensions to Pixels.

4. In this example I will resize the image to be viewed on a computer screen. Because Lock Aspect Ratio was selected, when I type 600 in the text box beside Width, the number for Height is automatically adjusted so that the size ratio remains intact and the image doesn’t get warped.

Now, if you select the 100% zoom button at the top of the screen you will be able to see what the image will look like when displayed in an e-mail.

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5. From the File menu, select Save As and save a copy of the resized file.  Now the photo will be easier to view and download from an e-mail attachment.

If you have enjoyed this tutorial, be sure to check out the other tutorials that are available in the Discovery Center. If you have any ideas for tutorials or projects that you would like to see in the future, please leave us some Feedback.

Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (4)

  • valia Reply

    Excellent. This is the third tutorial I’ve watched and the first time I didn’t feel like I was missing things.

    May 14, 2017 at 3:45 pm
  • Bev Fortin Reply

    in your tutorial it tells you how to crop and resize , but the resize does not tell you how to increase the size. I do a lot of work with pictures and text that I would like to be up to or beyond 200% and able to print.

    April 8, 2017 at 6:44 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Bev,

      Thank you for the suggestion! We glossed over enlarging an image because for the most part, it is not done. A computer sees a picture as information – a set of pixels – and there is only so much information available. When you tell a photoediting program like PaintShop Pro to enlarge a picture, it has to create and insert new, additional pixels that were not in the original image. PaintShop will do its best to make one that will seem right by taking colours from around where the new pixel is placed, but if you enlarge much beyond 5-15% (depending on the original image quality), the end result will be blurry, jagged, or pixellated.

      So, the best way to get the right image is to take a picture with the right camera and settings, and aim to have a picture that is a little too big! That way you can crop, resize, and edit to your heart’s content without the loss of quality that enlargement entails.

      Hope this helps!
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      April 11, 2017 at 11:21 pm
  • Robert Hilditch Reply

    Demo was very helpful, interesting and easy to understand.
    Well done!

    July 5, 2016 at 9:42 pm

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