Resizing With Paint Shop Pro

I will be covering very basic image resizing using Paint Shop Pro X in this tutorial. Because we are trying to break these tutorials up into tiny bite-size pieces, I will be covering image editing and optimization in later tutorials.

The first thing I do when I open an image is make either a PSP, Tiff, or PNG copy of the image to work with, and put the original away.

Open the picture that you want to resize in Paint Shop Pro X.

From the menu, select: Image > Resize

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Since we are resizing an image for web use, we will be making changes in the pixel dimensions. You can choose to reduce the image by a percentage or by the exact dimensions that you prefer. I almost always set this to pixels and choose the exact dimension. For basic resizing I would leave a check in the boxes for resample using smart size, lock aspect ratio, and resize all layers.

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Now from the menu, select: File > Save

If you prefer to rename the image, select: File > Save as

Special Note: When I personally resize a large image I work from a PNG copy of the original. Before resizing the image, I complete all edits that the picture may need first. Once that is complete, I reduce the size by no more than about 25% of the overall image size a time.

I use the unsharp mask in between each resize until the picture has reached the correct dimensions for the intended use. This helps keep the image closest to the original quality of sharpness.

You will definitely want to spend some time learning to use the unsharp mask properly, as it can make all the difference in the world to the final appearance of your images.

I then optimize the image for web use. We will be covering basic image optimization in our next tutorial.


J. Cricket Walker

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  1. Ada

    Great tutorial, found you searching for information on resizing images in Paint Shop Pro X.

    I have a question about compressing images in PSP X, every time I make an image for th web and save it, it ends up larger even after flattening the layers and using the optimizer. I would appreciate any tips on this at your convenience.


  2. J. Cricket Walker
    J. Cricket Walker02-27-2008

    Explain to me what you mean when you say it gets larger.

  3. Ada

    Thanks for the fast reply.

    I am re-doing a forum with my own colors and images, what I’ve found to be one of my problems is that I am using more colors than the original images have, so even at the same size, and flattening the layers, I can never get my image to be the same size as the original image, and just wanted to know if there was a save way to compress without losing quality but the quantity.

    Thanks again

  4. J. Cricket Walker
    J. Cricket Walker03-07-2008

    If you are using more colors, even though the dimensions are the same, you will see the overall size of the file being a bit larger. As long as they are well compressed (without losing visible quality) I would not worry too much. Which version of Paint Shop Pro are you using?

  5. Ada

    You are right, thank you very much for your time and patience.
    I am using PSP X, I’ve just gotten comfortable working with it, and hear there isn’t much difference with the latest version.

  6. J. Cricket Walker
    J. Cricket Walker03-10-2008

    I have since upgraded to Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 and I have to admit, I am loving it. There were definitely enough improvements to make it worth the upgrade price, especially if you edit a lot of photographs.

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