Re-sizing 8.5” x 11” Layout Templates to 12” x 12” using

(Adobe® Photoshop® and Photoshop Elements, Corel® PHOTO-PAINT,
Ulead PhotoImpact 7 and higher, and Microsoft® Picture It!® Digital Image Pro would follow similar instructions)

I’d like to resize the layout template, Welcome Baby (Simply Sampler), to 8.5x11, so I can present it as a gift to a friend for her 12x12 album.  Our products are created at 300 dpi, so re-sizing to 12x12 will still maintain a very high dpi for printing.  See our other tutorial on re-sizing from 12x12 to 8.5x11 here.

To the right is the original layout template with the sample titles made invisible, as I’m going to add my own titles later.  Also, to the right is the final layout after I added photos, titles, and drop shadows.



          ORIGINAL                                               AFTER RESIZE

What you’ll need:

  • Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8.0 or higher

  • Photographs in digital format

  • Simply Sampler CD,

You’ll learn how to:

  • Re-size from 8.5x11 to 12x12



Open Jasc Paint Shop Pro
Open Layout Template within Paint Shop Pro (insert Simply Sampler CD in CD drive)

Choose File > Open and browse your CD drive for 8.5x11 Layouts folder.

Choose Welcome Baby.psd and then choose Open (do not mistakenly open Welcome Baby.jpg, which is the flattened template used for those who just want to print the page and add photos traditionally).



Re-Size Background Paper Layer

Now, with your background layer selected, choose Image > Resize.

In dialog that appears, make sure that Lock Aspect Ratio is checked and Resize All Layers is unchecked.

We only want to resize the bottom layer right now.  Set your aspect ration to 1.000 to 1, then type 12 in for both numbers under Print Size

It may not look as though much happened, but the next step will help you see the change.




Re-size Canvas Size

Keep your background layer highlighted on the layer palette.

Choose Image > Canvas size, and type in 3600 for both numbers in the section labeled New Dimensions.  This will give you your 12x12 canvas.




Now you can resize the elements as you see fit, using the deform tool as I explained in re-sizing 12x12 layouts.  I’ve chosen to leave the button pin and photo mat as they are in the original layout, and I’ve made the two journaling mats larger to fit the layout.  I did the same with the button row. 

Also, see our new tutorial on re-sizing 12x12 layout templates for 8x8 or other square format albums.  This also optimizes performance. 

Supplies for Jeremiah’s First Photo Shoot:

Simply Sampler CD
Paint Shop Pro 8.1
Fonts: 2 Peas Little Buddy
LD Punch In


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