Sizing Images

Sooner or later, as you work with your photos, you have to resize them. I always save this step until after I've made my overall color corrections and image edits. Depending on the type of output you have planned for your photos, you have to determine two factors:

Image size: The image size includes the dimensions you specify for width and height. Do you want an 8x10, a 5x7, or a 4x6 photo? If your photo's destined for the Web, you want something smaller. 4x6 may be the biggest size you'll want to display images at on the Web, and smaller sizes are preferred.

Print resolution for your photo: If you are preparing the image for printing, set the resolution to 300 or 360 pixels per inch (ppi). If you are targeting the file for the Web, you'll want to set the resolution to 72ppi. Anything more would be a waste of resolution (and of the time it takes to transmit the file to the printer). Choose a resolution of 72ppi for your Web images.

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