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  Author:  Cyndi Papia
  Web Site:  Graphics Junction
  PhotoImpact Version:  8
  Level:  Beginner (assumes you have basic knowledge of working with
  files and folders on your computer).
  Tools/Methods Used:  Transform Tool, Image Size function, and the
  "i" button (Display Photo/System Properties).
  Additional Items:  A photo of your choice.
  Text-only Version:  Click here.
  Terms of Use:   Please read.

My cat, Nellie

  Description:   Learn how to resize an image using the Transform Tool or the Image Size function. Also
  covered are the "i" button, a nifty tool, as well as copying an image into a new work space, and a brief
  overview of saving an image.

Opening an Image

On the menu go to File/Open and search for the folder where you have it stored on your hard drive. For this tutorial I am using a picture of my cat Nellie when she was a baby.


Resizing Using Image Size

In the menu, go to Format/Image Size. The Active image (1) shows the image's current height, width, and resolution. Since we are working with the base image (there are no objects), the Apply to box (2) should have Base image selected. Make sure you have Keep aspect ratio (5) checked to avoid distortion. To make the image smaller (or larger) decrease (or increase) the settings under New image (3), User-defined (4).

Since we have checked "Keep aspect ratio," we only need to change either the Width or the Height and the picture will resize accordingly. My personal preference is to use Percent. You will see your image's new size next to the words "New image" (3). Hit OK when you are done.

Image Size

Resizing Using the Transform Tool

1. Open your image as described above in Opening an Image. Select the Transform Tool.

Transform Tool

2. On the Attribute bar, make sure Keep aspect ratio is checked (locked).

Attribute bar

3. With your mouse pointer, grab one of the bounding boxes (little squares) on one of the sides and pull it in towards the center of the image until you get the desired size.

Transform Handle

4. To check the size of your image, click the small blue "i" in the circle in the lower right-hand corner of your PI screen. The first screen gives a lot of information about your image. Click on the File Info button and you will see the size in the Attribute box.


Copying the Image

To copy this image into another work space:  Right click/Copy. Click on your already opened work space to activate it, then Right click/Paste. You can again resize the picture using the Transform Tool, or distort it, which is a topic for another lesson and not discussed here.

Saving the Image

1. In the menu go to Web/Image Optimizer.

Image Optimizer

2. In the example below, your final image size is at the top of the picture (1). I have chosen to save it as a JPG (2). Decrease the Quality (4) to reduce the file's size (3). When you have finished, click Save As (5).

Image Optimizer

If you are doing this tutorial for a workshop/class assignment:   Resize an image of your choice to 200 pixels in height. The width will automatically adjust. Post the image to the group with the appropriate e-mail subject.

If you would like to learn more about saving images, you can see my tutorial here. You can also find other tutorials using the PIRC search engine. For more information about the various image formats and their uses, click here.
Another big thank you to MaryLou, PI's fairy godmother and my mentor, for her input and critique so I could fine-tune this tut.

When you have completed this tutorial, as a courtesy, you are more than welcome to display your results on the PIRC. You'll find a wonderful group of warm, friendly, talented, and knowledgeable people ready and willing to lend a hand when needed. Everyone welcome to join or visit!
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