^Create a New Print Design File in Photoshop

When you begin your work in Photoshop, usually you will have document dimensions already established (8.5x11 inches). You can set up your Photoshop document with these dimensions or estimate the approximate size of the graphic space you will be using within the document layout (for example, 3x5 inches). If you do not know how big to build your graphic, always build it larger than you need it. You can always reduce the size without losing digital quality. However, if you have built the file too small, the image will become pixelated and fuzzy if you attempt to increase the image dimensions.

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I also recommend establishing a larger canvas size than your actual image size. A larger canvas gives you space to move things around and shove things off to the side, plus it gives you the added bonus of being able to see all the "handles" of a selected image if you are transforming it, and so forth. If your page layout calls for a full-bleed image, having a larger canvas allows you to calculate in that additional .25 inch necessary for a full-bleed image. For example, let's say your document is 8.5x11 inches, full-bleed. You have two individual images that, when placed, bleed off the side and are approximately 3x5 inches. I recommend making your Photoshop document size 5x7 inches for those individual images.

TRY IT To set up a new document, select File I New or press CTRL-N (Windows)/CMD-N (Mac).

In the dialog box, enter a filename in the title box (if desired). Click Size and select a preset size from the pop-up menu, or select Custom and enter your own specifications. If you are entering Custom measurements, also select desired increments (inches, pixels, and so on). Enter desired resolution into the Resolution box (for example, 300 dpi).

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