Cropping and Resizing Images

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Cropping and Resizing Images

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

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.

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Comments (9)

  • Pat Coppinger Reply

    I would like to able to clone a face and insert it into another image. How do I do that.

    February 24, 2019 at 8:48 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Pat,

      The first thing you would need to do is select the face. We would suggest the Smart Selection Brush or the Freehand brush (set to Edge Seeker or Smart Edge). We have a tutorial on the selection tools that can give you more detail here! Once the face is selected on your first image, just press CTRL + C to copy your selection.

      Then, move over to your second image, and press CTRL + L to paste your selection as a new layer! You can now reposition, resize, and otherwise modify your selection in the new image. When you’re done, you can collapse the layers into a single image using the button on the bottom right. Working with layers is a little more complex, but easily one of the most important skills in photoediting. No need to worry though! We have a six-part series on working with layers that can help you with this part.

      Best,
      Discovery Center Team

      March 3, 2019 at 4:59 pm
  • Gywelle Reply

    I liked the way it was interesting

    October 26, 2018 at 10:27 am
  • Thomas Arthur Reply

    Not sure if this is the appropriate place to ask… but I’m just going to throw it out there, in the event that you might be able to offer a bit of advise, please do so 🙂

    I am using Corel Draw X7, and am having issues with printing to a Sawgrass driver (sublimation gel-ink CMYK printer)…
    I have objects, cropped to size, and resized, etc… that once printed on the Sawgrass printer, have random line artifacts where the bounding box ends on the image that was cropped / inserted… Note: if printed to my PCL6 driver for my Xerox laser, works fine, not a thing present. I have tried re-cropping, but still happens. Doesn’t run consistently around the object, and if print the same object multiple times, anomale happens differently within that border… not sure what to do – This is actually an Imported PSD file, was a JPG that I cut out the background of, leaving headshots with transparent backgrounds – I did this in Photoshop CS5.5 by Opening JPG, selecting all, copy, create new layer, paste, make Background (original) layer invisible – this seems to allow me to work with the magic wand and delete key perfectly. Until the image is imported into a Draw doc, and then printed to this specific printer.
    Does anything I’m doing sound like it could cause some problem…anyone have any suggestions?…
    -Thanks

    December 16, 2017 at 2:52 am
  • Dave Wasserman Reply

    Dumped Lightroom for not supporting their products and forcing you to buy cloud at $99/ month. REALLY…for a semi pro hobbist??? Researched and settled on Correl due to massive Engine!. Manual is 800 pages. Overwhelming! Then I discovered these tutorials. Fantastic. Thank you. So easy to follow.

    August 24, 2017 at 1:49 am
  • 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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