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    Resize CS3 document

    I have created a front and back book cover using Photoshop CS3.
    After trying to print them I found I had created the document dimensions incorrectly.

    What I have is a document about 11 inch by 13 inch, but what I need is a 9 inch by 11.5 inch (This is 8.5 inch by 11 inch with a bleed of inch on all sides).

    All the copy and graphics are sized to the larger dimension and I am not sure how to change the overall size and have the items resize in proportion.
    Do I need to start over from the beginning?

    My objective is to provide a printer a document that can be printed and trimmed to a finished 8.5 x 11 product.

    I am very much a novice in Photoshop and having a time getting it correct.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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    Re: Resize CS3 document

    It may be different in CS3, but try, Image>Resize>Image Size, be certain the Constrain Proportions box is ticked and then set the document size proportions to the correct dimension & the 2nd should fill in automatically and click OK. But if it doesn't match the output you want, you'll have to resize the image manually by cropping or other method. HTH
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    Re: Resize CS3 document

    Left something out... <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

    Be certain that you set the document size to inches and not the pixel dimensions. That's the Document Size not the Pixel Demensions.
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    Re: Resize CS3 document

    Thank you Doc - that seemed to work.
    In CS3 it goes from Image>Image Size, but with the same results.

    However, after making the changes the size of the file has mushroomed to 21,239 KB in psd format and 15,678 in pfd format.
    Not sure why the mass increase. It might be that I created several additional layer when moving stuff around.

    Is there any way of combining several layers back to one (reducing size) or can the file be compressed for e-mailing.
    There is a 10MB limit on my e-mail services.

    Again, thank you.
    Richard Spring

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    Re: Resize CS3 document

    If you choose Save As to create a new file, then you can flatten everything to one layer. (In CS3's little brother, Photoshop Elements, this is at the bottom of the Layer menu.)

    Alternately, you can Save As to a non-PSD format such as PNG-24 or JPEG maximum quality. But this might not be the best format for your recipients' needs.

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    Re: Resize CS3 document

    If you save the file as a .jpg you will be give the option to save the image and adjust the image quality. By selecting Medium or choosing 5 it should cut the file size by at least half. But be certain that you don't simply save the file as a .jpg or you will lose the ability to make further adjustments to the original .psd file because it will be overwritten by the save process.

    When I work with a file I don't want to screw up during the editing process, I usually create a copy (save the file to the same location and Photoshop will save it as a copy) and then work with the copy. If you want to combine the layers into one, you can go to Layers>Flatten Image and that will do it for you. I can't say if it will reduce the file size, but theoretically, it should.
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    Re: Resize CS3 document

    Once again the mighty Lounge has come to the rescue!
    I "Saved As", then flattened the file with the following results:

    PSD file from 21,239 KB to 10,708 KB (still slightly over the 10 MB limit) (any other compression tricks for the PSD?)
    PDF file from 15,678 KB to 9,876 KB.

    The latter just under the limit and off into e-mail bliss.

    Thank you all.
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    Re: Resize CS3 document

    Does the recipient of the file have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements installed on their system ??? If not, they will not be able to open the PSD file.

    That aside, did you try saving the file as a .jpg as I mentioned in my previous post ???
    "If you save the file as a .jpg you will be give the option to save the image and adjust the image quality. By selecting Medium or choosing 5 it should cut the file size by at least half. But be certain that you don't simply save the file as a .jpg or you will lose the ability to make further adjustments to the original .psd file because it will be overwritten by the save process."

    The only other "trick" to shrink the file size for emailing that comes to mind is to use a compression utility like WinZip.
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    Re: Resize CS3 document

    Doc:
    The recipient will be a as yet undetermined POD (print on demand) business whom I would suspect would have PhotoShop software.
    I am not certain of what format they would prefer, however if they need to make adjustments to the document it would need to be in PhotoShop.

    Did not try the jpg format as yet, but will keep as an option.
    This e-mail was a test to insure I could sent the file to the printer.

    Thank you for your assistance.
    Richard Spring

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    Re: Resize CS3 document

    They will almost surely have Photoshop and will prefer that format if they do.

    Glad I could be of assistance. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Let us know how you make out.
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