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A quick and simple way to create an image thumbnail is to select Image > Image Size. In the dialog box that appears, check the Constrain Proportions checkbox, as shown at right, and enter a Width or Height value for your thumbnail (Photoshop will automatically calculate the other value).

Click OK to create the thumbnail. Mine's shown below.

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Creating a thumbnail using the Image Size command

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You can also create an image thumbnail using the Crop Tool (C). Select the Crop Tool (C) from the toolbox, and enter the width and height values of your thumbnail in the options bar, as shown below. Make sure that the Resolution is set to 72 pixels/inch.

Setting options for the Crop Tool

Now, when you use the Crop Tool, Photoshop will ensure that the dimensions of your final image are the values that you specified, regardless of the size of the rectangle you create with the Crop Tool. This is illustrated overleaf.

Setting options for the Crop Tool

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Using the Crop Tool to create a crop that is larger than 100x100 pixels The dimensions are adjusted automatically

Using the Crop Tool to create a crop that is larger than 100x100 pixels The dimensions are adjusted automatically

Save an optimized version of your image thumbnail using File > Save For Web When you're done, close your original image without saving the changes (unless you want to overwrite it).

If you need to create lots of thumbnails, you can streamline the process using Photoshop's batch processing tools. We'll learn more about these in Chapter 9.

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