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We receive quite a few emails asking HOW TO RESIZE LAYOUTS so that they can be uploaded to the Shabby Shoppe's gallery.  First thing to keep in mind is that the vast majority of online galleries have a maximum size limit for uploads.  Here at the Shoppe - ours is rather large, by industry standards - but will still not accommodate most full size, 12x12 (high resolution) layouts.  So, in order to upload to our gallery (or any other...or just to add to your own blog, etc.) - you will want to RESIZE your layout first!

This tutorial will help to explain how to resize your layout (or photo, image, etc.) in Photoshop Elements :o)  There are others ways to accomplish this same task - but I find this method to be super fast and simple!

So, this tutorial begins when you have completed your digital scrapbooking layout, and it is open in PSE.  When you are sure you are finished with your page...you may begin following the instructions below :o)

NOTE:  The layout featured in these screenshots was created with the HOPSCOTCH kit available at the Shabby Shoppe :o)

Before beginning this tutorial - BE SURE TO SAVE your LAYERED .PSD FILE for future reference (and be sure NOT to save over it) - you never know when you might need or want it again!

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Then, once you are ready to resize your page, click on LAYER and then FLATTEN IMAGE.  If you have 'hidden layers' in your layers palette - PSE will ask if you would like to delete those prior to flattening (select OK).

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Now that your image is 'flattened' - it is time to resize.  Click on IMAGE and then RESIZE, and then IMAGE SIZE (note that the keyboard shortcut on a PC is ALT-CTRL-I).  This will bring up the 'image size' options window...

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You will see that your image is currently sized at 12x12 inches at 300ppi.  This is the size it should be for printing (unless you choose to print at 8x8, 10x10, etc.).  This is too large for uploading to most galleries, so this is where we will resize!  First, you want to check the box next to RESAMPLE IMAGE (as well as scale styles and constrain proportions).  Then, change the resolution from 300 to 72ppi.  At this point, I simply change the PIXEL DIMENSIONS to 600.  Assuming your layouts is square, the other attributes will change automatically in proportion.

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Once your image size settings look like the image above (of course, you can make them any size you like, but for our example, we are looking for 600x600 pixels - so this is perfect) - click OK to accept.  Now, you should see that your image is perfectly resized and ready to save!

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  To save your new file, you simply click on FILE and then SAVE AS!

NOTE:  Of course, you want to be sure that you do not save over any previous versions...so I always add the word WEB to the end of my file name.  That way, I can always easily find my web-sized versions for quick uploading, emailing, blogging, etc.

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Now, just browse to the location on your hard drive where you wish to save...give it a file name and click SAVE :o)

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THAT'S IT :o)  Now, you are ready to upload your layout or image to our gallery...your blog, or any other online location!  I hope this was helpful - have fun scrapping!

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