How To Resize An Image in Photoshop

Photoshop is an incredibly handy tool for editing images, but it isn’t always the easiest to learn every single thing that you can do with the program due to its wide range of features.

How To Resize An Image in Photoshop

One of the most common things that tend to be done when it comes to photo editing is resizing images, as pictures that aren’t the right size can become very noticeable and can even ruin a perfectly good image. 

With this in mind, we are going to be looking at how you can go about resizing an image in Photoshop, as well as looking at some general information about Photoshop too. Let’s get started. 

What Is Photoshop?

Photoshop is one of the most popular programs out there when it comes to photo manipulation.

It allows users to create all sorts of different effects on their photos, from filters to special effects and more. 

The program also has a lot of tools available that allow you to edit your photos in many ways such as cropping them, adjusting brightness levels, changing colors, adding text, or removing unwanted objects.

In fact, if you want to make sure that you have the best possible chance of getting a great-looking picture, then it is definitely worth learning how to use Photoshop.

Why Use Photoshop To Resize Images?

There are several reasons why you might choose to resize an image using Photoshop.

For example, if you are trying to fit an image into a smaller space than what it originally was, then you will need to resize it so that it fits properly.

This could mean that you need to reduce the size of the image by either cropping off parts of it or reducing the overall dimensions. 

If you are creating a new website design, then you may find that the images that you upload to it don’t quite match up with the rest of the site, which means that they won’t look like they belong.

By simply resizing the images to fit the layout of the page, you can ensure that everything looks nice and neat.

You can also use Photoshop to change the aspect ratio of an image so that it becomes square rather than rectangular, which can help to improve the appearance of the image.

There are plenty of other reasons why you would want to resize an image using this program, so let’s take a closer look at how to go about doing so.

How Do I Start Resizing An Image Using Photoshop?

How Do I Start Resizing An Image Using Photoshop?

1. Open Your Image

The first step is to open up the image that you wish to resize. You will need to find the file that contains the image that you would like to resize.

Once you’ve found the image, double-click on it so that it opens up in Photoshop. This should bring up a new window that shows the image inside.

2. Select Image

Go to the top bar on Photoshop and click on “Image” to select your image. Navigate down to the option that reads “Image Size”. 

A new window should pop up showing various options for resizing your image. There is a nifty keyboard shortcut that you can use too.

On PC, use Alt+ Control+ I, whilst on Mac, the shortcut is Option + Command + I.

3. Changing the Image Dimensions

Within the Image Size box, change the measurements of the dimensions can be changed by accessing the drop-down menu that is at the top of the new window.

Underneath that are the width and height options. They will automatically be adjusted to the current image size, but you can easily change this.

To do so, click on the width or height box and then type in the number that you would like to set the dimension to.

4. Changing the Image Resolution

Changing the resolution of an image is vital if you want to maintain the crisp and clear quality of your chosen image.

The resolution can be set to either PPI or PPC, which means Pixels Per Inch and Pixels Per Centimeter respectively.

If you are planning on matching the resolution of your chosen image to a certain set of image specs, be aware of which one you choose. 

All you need to do is type in the resolution value that you want into the box provided. You will also need to make sure that the resample option is not ticked and that it is instead set to automatic.

This will make sure that the quality of your chosen image will not be compromised, even if you are changing the dimensions to something much larger than the original sizing.

5. Don’t Forget to Apply Your Settings!

Once you have finished making all the changes that you would like to see, click “OK” to save them. The “OK” button can be found near the bottom of the “Image Size” window.

Don’t worry if it takes a little while for the program to load once you click “OK”, as it can take some time to apply your new dimensions, particularly if you have made some drastic changes to the size. 

Undoing Any Image Sizing Errors In Photoshop

If you realize that you have made a mistake when resizing your images, there are several ways to undo what has been done.

  1. Click on the “Layer” tab at the top of the screen. Then go to the layer that you wish to edit. Right-click on the layer and then press “Delete Layer”. This will remove the layer from the document.
  2. Go back to the main window and click on the “File” tab. From here, navigate to the folder that contains the image that needs to be edited. Open the image that you wish to edit, and then right-click on the image and press “Edit Contents”. This allows you to edit the image. When you are ready to save the image, click on the “Save As…” button. Choose where you would like the file saved and then press “Save”.
  3. Press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Cmd+Z (Mac). This will undo the last action that was performed.
  4. If you are using the “Edit Content” method, you may find that you cannot get rid of the layer that you deleted. To fix this, simply open up the “Layers Panel” and select the layer that you deleted from the list. Once selected, press Delete.

Final Thoughts

That’s all there is to it! Now you can go ahead and resize any images that you have been wanting to adjust.

Just remember to always check out the settings before you start editing your images so that you don’t make any mistakes.

Even if you do make a mistake, simply follow the steps listed above to undo the change.

Katie Nash