- Did You Know You Can Import a PDF?
- Got a Two-Color Job and Four-Color Images?
- Drag and Drop Pictures from Your Desktop (Windows only)
- Fit to Box and Box It Up
- Cropping—Up Close and Personal
- Get the Picture Centered
- Eyeball It
- Need the Picture Bigger, but Not the Box?
- Thou Shalt Know Thy Bits and Pieces
- Ultimate System for Avoiding Bad Resolution
- Fuzzy Type in Your Photoshop Image?
- Graphics as Fun-House Mirrors
- Accessing Image Editing Commands (Mac only)
- Negative and Positive Together
- Faux Duotones #1
- Faux Duotones #2
- Turn a Boring Image into a Graphic
- Skew a Graphic or Image Within a Box
- Making a Clipping Path
- Short Tips for Clipping Paths
- Full-Resolution Preview for Images
- Full-Resolution Preview on the Fly
- Lower than Low—Keep That File Size Down
- Quark, Servant of Mine, Alert Me to Picture Changes
- Update That Picture and Retain Cropping and Sizing
Need the Picture Bigger, but Not the Box?
This is one I use all the time. I often draw a picture box the size I want for the layout. Bring in a picture, do a Fit to Box. But now the picture needs to be bigger to successfully fill that box, allowing for some cropping. You can size just the image and not the box, in 5% increments by pressing:
Mac: Cmd-Option-Shift-> or -<
Win: Ctrl-Alt-Shift-> or -<
Sound familiar? It's exactly what you do to size type in 1pt increments! Word of warningyour best quality image comes with no sizing, 100%. With a 300ppi image, however, you can safely size up to about 120% and still have acceptable quality. Based on a 150-line screen (lpi) or less, a 225ppi image is all you need for most brochure and magazine work.