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Changing aspect ratios in Photoshop Elements

Changing aspect ratios in Photoshop Elements - You don't have to keep the same aspect ratio when saving and printing pictures. Sometimes an unusal format can enhance a photo. Peter Bargh prepares to stretch the format.

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Words and pictures Peter Bargh using Photoshop Elements software.

grasses   Although this photograph is quite vibrant and bold I though a change of format might add to the boldness. By stretching it upwards we can create an elongated panoramic format picture that will fit in one of those new panoramic 4x10in photo frames that you can pick up from your local framer or film processing shop.
crop1 First lets crop the picture to remove the two grasses coming in at each side.Image>Crop
imageresize12 Now we will resize the photo so it suits the printer resolution.Click on Image> Resize>Image size. Make sure the Resample image is swicthed off and constrain proportions is on. This ensures that the file size stays the same but gives an indication of the true print size. Most digital cameras record pictures at 72ppi and in this case the file was just over A4 size. This reduced to 6x8in when the resolution was increased to 240ppi.
grasses2 imageresize2

3 Now to stretch the image. Click on Resample Image and turn off Constrain proportions. This will change the file size and allow the shape to change when you key in new figures. If the sizes are not set to inches click on the arrow at their right and select inches from the list.

Key in the desired measurements­ in this case 4 inch wide by 10 inch height. The photo will spring into its new shape.


This simple and quick technique can be used for all types of picture.
Try it on landscapes to give a panoramic feel, on buildings to gain a towering view, stretch people for fun and elongate shots of cars for creative style.



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