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Old May 17th, 2006, 09:14 PM
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Formatting to make 3x5 inch prints

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I need to print 3x5 inch prints for a photo greeting card. I'm making many copies, so I'm using an online service. However, the smallest print offered is 4x6. So I need to format the picture in PSE (v3) so I can order the 4x6 print and manually cut it to 3x5 without losing any of my picture.

My thought is to crop the picture to a 6x4 size to exactly define what will be printed. Then add a black border so I can ensure that the excess that will be cut off will not affect my picture. Optimally, I would like the black border to be wide enough to display a nice border on the 3x5 print. Arg, other than cropping the picture, I can't figure out how to do any of this!

Thanks....Starbuck.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 11:08 PM
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There may be a better way, but this is what I do.
Save image by a new name, such as Whatever3x5.psd.
From the Menu...Image > Resize > Image Size, change resolution to 300 if it isn't already [making sure resample is checked]
Make the width 5"
Double-click the Hand tool to resize view to fit screen
Select the Rectangular Marquee tool
In the options bar at the top of the work area, in the Mode drop-down, select Fixed Size, type in 5 in by 3 in
Click once on the image, it will select a 5x3 area
[To change a 6x4 to a 5x3, some area will be cut out at the top and/or bottom]
Hold the space bar down and use the up or down arrow keys to position the selection to the area to be kept
From the Menu...Image > Crop
Control-S to save changes [still as .PSD]
Then save as a .JPG file for the printing service

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Old May 18th, 2006, 02:22 AM
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I would create the 3x5", do what you need to add to it, then go to Image>Resize>Canvas Size, select Relative and add 1" to the width and height dimensions, choose Black for the Canvas colour and click OK. You get your 3x5 in the middle with a black border and no image resampling needed.
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Create a 4x6, turn on your rulers and draw a marquee selection that measures 3x5", move the selection into the middle of the canvas and fill the outside area with black.
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and so on...
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Hi Starbuck ...

... and welcome to the forum

Do let us know how you go on with the printing ...


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Thanks Diana, Spider. It longer than usual to get the prints back to verify the finished prints. I used a combination of your techniques so I could get the black border:

- I sized to a 4x6 to avoid cropping mishaps from the processor.
- [Spider's Image>Resize>Canvas Size tip was very easy but I couldn't tell what would be printed at the processor (I needed way too many copies to print it at home) - probably since I'm a novice.]
- Then I used the Marquee Tool to draw a selection over the area not to be covered by the black border.
- This is where it gets hazy...I started playing with the layers and somehow got a solid black layer in there that was behind the selection. So I did achieve the black border around the selection/picture that way. Thought that was maybe what Spider was talking about. Only problem - I don't really know how I did it! I saved the file immediately and sent it to the printer. The results are exactly what i wanted.

Thanks for your help! I couldn't have gotten there otherwise.

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