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Resizing to a square resolution

 
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Jul 23, 2009 14:09 |  #1

I tried to type in "square" resizing and other words but no luck on the terminology so my searches were very dead.

I was hoping someone can help me retain the square canvas size of a file. I'm trying to run an action so I can save it and do a batch process. I just don't know the commands to get the file to look like PIC 1.

I usually use FIT IMAGE seting of 350x350, but the result is still a rectangle and not an actual square.

PIC 1 Preffered result (this is how it want it to look square) 350x350

IMAGE: http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/9853/zzz1l.jpg


PIC 2 (this is how i don't want it to come out - rectangular) 231x350

IMAGE: http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/4397/zzz2s.jpg


thanks for any help in advance!

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Jul 23, 2009 14:15 |  #2

Your sensor/base image is not square, so you can't "retain" a square image. Two things you can do is crop the image to a square (which in this case will of course crop out a lot of the subject) or, maybe, put a white layer under the original, and increase the canvas size to square or create a new square image of the right dimensions and then copy this into it in its own layer, and center it as you wish.


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Jul 23, 2009 14:20 |  #3

Tony.. thanks for the speedy response.

I think I did what you just said to get photo #1.. I had to go into the canvas size and actually elongate the "short" side to match the 350px.

But I was wondering if there is any short way of doing this in a batch with a single click?

I really don't want to go through a bunch of these images to fix the canvas's one by one

Thanks again!


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Jul 23, 2009 14:30 |  #4

An action is created by recording your steps from the Actions pallette. I can't help you step through things at this point because my computer is mostly tied up with work stuff -- maybe someone else can jump in. In the meantime read the Photoshop Help stuf on Actions and that will help with some specific steps. You may be best in using a resize canvas command to type in dimensions rather than stretching it, but right now I can't fill in any particulars.


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Jul 24, 2009 10:02 |  #5

For the object you included as a sample, if I knew that I wanted a square canvas I'd have shot it in landscape format so and then create an action that does 2 things:

1 - Image > Canvas Size - set the canvas width to be the same as the height
2 - Image > Image Size - resize the image to give the final pixel dimensions that you want
3 - File > Save for Web and Devices - save the cropped and resized file in a seperate location

This is all easy to do and I do it a lot as several of my clients want a 4:3 crop rather than a 3:2 ratio as their sites have been set up with a P&S in mind.

Just make sure that when you shoot the image that it will fit in the square framing otherwise you will have to manually adjust each image as you have done previously.


  
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Jul 27, 2009 16:33 |  #6

Tony.. thanks for all your help much appreciated!

Nightstalker... You are right.. if I shot everything in landscape mode then I wouldn't be worrying about whether the longer pix side is vertical or horizontal.. this will definately save a lot of time. thank you!


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