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Hey guys, sorry to be an idiot here but I am new to this whole photo manipulation thing. I am just trying to make a present for my wife, and I don't know what I am doing wrong, so maybe someone can shed light on the mistake(s) I am making.

 

My end goal is to take four pictures, size them each to approximately 1/4th of a sheet of standard 8.5x11 paper, and place one picture in each corner. 

 

So I create a new document. I set the canvas size to 8.5x11. Looks great so far. I open one of the four pictures in a new tab. It's a square, so I know it's not quite the right fit, but that's beside the point. I highlight that picture, select "Resize" and resize to 4.25x4.25 and click "OK". It does some processing, then finishes. The picture looks about the same, but I figure it's just zoomed or something. 

 

Now when I copy the image and paste it to my 8.5x11 image, it says "This image is larger than the canvas size". I don't get why the sizing isn't working right. It seems like it should just paste right in there the right size. 

 

What am I doing wrong? 

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Can you explain why that matters?

 

The quick answer is density. Pixels-per-inch (PPI) and dots-per-inch (DPI) are measures of how much image 'stuff' is packed into a given space.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I too have a resizing question. I am taking old tiny photographs and enlarging them. I did about 6 of them and it was a breeze! Now all of a sudden, the 'resizing tool' (the blue dotted resizing square/rectangle) around my picture will not come up! I have tried everything but cannot seem to find that tool. Please help!

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It the rectangle select tool :RectangleSelectTool:. Alternatively you can select all of an image with Ctrl + A.

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Make the selection then press M to activate the move tool :MoveTool:

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