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Changing from Photoshop CS3 to PS Elements (9) - help wanted...

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    Default Changing from Photoshop CS3 to PS Elements (9) - help wanted...

    After a month of aggro, I gave up on my PC and bought a new one. Installed my CS3 on it, and had problems ... Adobe don't want to know - "CS3 is so old now..." but CS5 is too expensive for me and unnecessarily sophisticated. So I bought Elements 9 , which I thought would do everything I wanted.

    However, when I open my Nikon RAW files in the converter, and then get them into PSE, the pixel size is 4000 x 3000. And - to finally get to the point - I can't see how to easily reduce the pixel count to the max 700 on the larger side that we need here .

    I suppose there must be a way . Can someone kindly tell me ?

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    Hi Geoff,

    I don't have a copy of Elements, but am going to guess it is similar to photoshop in general. Hopefully these instructions will help:

    1. Open your photo in PSE
    2. In the very top of the program screen, is there a link that says "IMAGE"? If so, click it and continue with these directions. If not, skip down to the links below.
    3. Choose Image Size (or resize image) whatever it might say there.
    4. On the pop-up screen, look for Width and Height in pixels. Choose the larger of the numbers (in your example 4000) and change it to 700. This should auto-adjust the 3000 number down proportionally.
    5. Save your new image with a different name as to not overright your full size image.

    Hope that helps. And remember we have an online photo editor here in OrchidTalk to resize your images too. I even made a video to show a step by step. Here are the links:

    Video Page: Choose "Video Five: Resize and Edit your Photos using the Online Photo Editor"

    Photo Editor built into the OrchidTalk Community: OrchidTalk Photo Editor

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Hi Geoff,

    I don't have a copy of Elements, but am going to guess it is similar to photoshop in general. Hopefully these instructions will help:

    1. Open your photo in PSE
    2. In the very top of the program screen, is there a link that says "IMAGE"? If so, click it and continue with these directions. If not, skip down to the links below.
    3. Choose Image Size (or resize image) whatever it might say there.
    4. On the pop-up screen, look for Width and Height in pixels. Choose the larger of the numbers (in your example 4000) and change it to 700. This should auto-adjust the 3000 number down proportionally.
    5. Save your new image with a different name as to not overright your full size image.

    Hope that helps. And remember we have an online photo editor here in OrchidTalk to resize your images too. I even made a video to show a step by step. Here are the links:

    Video Page: Choose "Video Five: Resize and Edit your Photos using the Online Photo Editor"

    Photo Editor built into the OrchidTalk Community: OrchidTalk Photo Editor

    Cheers,
    BD
    No that doesn't work ; I have been using Photoshop for as long as I have been digital - 1997 (?) tjhrough several versions and thats what I tried to do.
    But in PS Elements, the original pixel size can't be changed, ( apart from cropping) - it doesn't resize. If you change the document size, e.g. ask for a tiny document, it just shoves the resolution up to compensate, keeping the pixel count constant.

    Aha ! Bingo - I just discovered - by going back to try once again and be quite sure ; so for the benefit of anyone else reading, what you have to do additionally, is check "Resample image" - then for the first time, the pixel size of the image as distinct from the "document" are shown in boxes ready to be changed .

    Thanks Bruce - you led me to the answer.

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    Glad to help, Geoff. I believe in my Photoshop program the resample image box was checked by default. Didn't think to mention that to you. Glad it is all sorted anyway. Looking forward to many more of your beautiful photographs.

    Cheers,
    BD

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