Resizing 12” x 12” Layouts to 8” x 8” to Optimize
and Print on Standard Size Printer using
(Adobe® Photoshop® and Photoshop Elements,
Ulead PhotoImpact 7 and higher, and Microsoft® Picture It!® Digital Image
Pro would follow similar instructions)
A common question asked of us is
how to print 12” x 12” layouts without a wide format printer. In this
tutorial, we will show how to re-size to 8” x 8”, which is an awesome size
for a gift album, and prints nicely on a standard printer. Re-sizing also
optimizes performance of working with the large templates, if your system
seems a bit sluggish. As stated in our product
overview, our richly designed fully-layered PSD files are large files and
we recommend at least 256 KB RAM on your computer.
Note: see our tutorial, Printing
Layouts and Papers, for tips on printing 12 x 12 layouts at a copy center
and information on wide format printers and papers.
What you’ll need:
Shop Pro 8.0 or higher
in digital format
Vintage CD, CottageArts.net
You’ll learn how to:
Open Jasc Paint Shop
Open Layout Template
within Paint Shop Pro (insert Simply Vintage CD in CD drive)
> Open and browse your CD drive for 12 x 12 Layouts folder.
Siblings.psd and then choose
(do not mistakenly open Siblings.jpg, which is the flattened template used
for those who just want to print the page and add photos traditionally).
Now, with your
background layer selected, choose Image > Resize.
In dialog that
appears, make sure that Resample, Lock Aspect Ratio, and
Resize All Layers at the bottom are ALL checked.
In the Print
Size section, simply enter 8 inches for the width and the height
will automatically become 8, since you locked the aspect ratio (keeps in
should help optimize performance during your design process, while
retaining high image resolution.
complete your custom layout by adding photos, journaling, and your own
titles, if desired. See our tutorial on creating a custom layout with our
layout templates for more information.
You can then
print this layout at this size for displaying in 8x8 albums. Note: You
can follow these same steps for other square sizes, such as 6x6, etc., as
many different album sizes are becoming popular.
Michelle Shefveland, CottageArts, LLC, Copyright
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