April 16, 2010

Shrink a Picture for a Pendant

I mentioned that my favorite glass tile pendant is the photo one of my kids. 

This was not hard at all to do.  So here's a quick tutorial on how to shrink a picture using Photoshop Elements - this is for the Elements newbie, so if you know your way around the program you know that you don't need this post.

First a quick shout-out to Photoshop Elements - I recently bought version 7 on Ebay for $30 - that's a minimal price to pay for great editing software.  I love "actions" which are things you can download to automatically give your pictures a certain look (let me know and I can do a post on what they are more specifically) and I don't feel at all that I need the full-version grown-up Photoshop - Elements is meeting all my needs and I'm sure it can do lots more that I don't even know about.

So open up Elements and the picture you want to use.  Tweak your colors to how you want them.  Then crop your picture to a square - to do this click the crop tool and then there will be a drop-down box where you can choose 5x5 - that's a square (equal sides, equal angles - you know).  Then drag the box over your picture to how you want it.

After you have you have a square picture click on "Image" and you'll get a drop-down box where you can click "Resize" and you'll get another drop-down box to click "Image Size"

Where it says "Document Size" change width and height to 1 and make sure it says "inches" (if not there's a drop-down menu where you can choose inches).

Voila, a 1x1inch image.  I opened a Word Document and copy and pasted a bunch of 1 inch pictures all on to one sheet and just printed them off on regular paper.  It worked great.


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

8 Fabulous Comments:

I am so loving your tile pendants! Especially with the pictures! Way to much fun! I am here from NFF. think I might just have to follow! Stop by Crazy Daisy sometime, I would love to have you!

Happy Day,
Jasey @ Crazy Daisy


Great job. I'm your newest follower from New Friend Friday at The Girl Creative. I love you blog. Can't wait to read more.


Cute! Do you have to print with a laser printer, or will inkjet do? Just want to make sure it won't smear. Thanks!

Good question on the laser vs. inkjet - I made sure to print on a laser just in case. My laser printer is only black and white, so I just loaded my Word Doc onto a jump drive and took it into OfficeMax and they printed it off in color using their laser jet for less than $1. I haven't tried an inkjet so I don't know about the smear factor.

Enjoyed the tutorial, I'm a semi newbie on Photoshop, I too have PSElements7. I don't know about actions so I would definintly be interested in a tutorial on that. Maybe I use it and just don't know what I'm doing? I'm self taught.

Just wondering if there is another photo editing program that can be used to do this? I have photo pro something or another I think? Thanks for your help!

What a lovely project :) I love the idea of putting pictures on the tile pendant, fantastic. I'm loving it.

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I love the technique you use here. A great way to scale down images.

Ann@ girl jewelry boxes

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