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How to resize an image in Photoshop

Need to make a photo smaller or larger? We’ve put together this guide to show you how to resize an image in Photoshop. 

There are lots of reasons as to why you may need to adjust the size of an image, from shrinking down an image to match file upload limits, to changing the dimensions to squeeze into a banner or an Instagram post.

Read on to learn how to resize an image in Photoshop.

What you’ll need: 

  • Adobe Photoshop 
  • A Creative Cloud subscription 

The Short Version 

  1. Open the image in Photoshop 
  2. Click Image 
  3. Click Image Size 
  4. Enter your new dimensions 
  5. Click OK

How to resize an image in Photoshop

  1. Step

    Open your image in Photoshop

    This can be any photo or image you want to resize. how to resize an image in photoshop

  2. Step

    Click Image

    You can find this option in the menu bar at the top of the screen. how to resize an image in photoshop

  3. Step

    Click Image Size

    You can also click Alt+Crtl+I to skip steps 2 and 3. how to resize an image in photoshop

  4. Step

    Enter your new parameters and hit OK to resize your image

    You can choose between percent, pixels, inches, centimeters, millimeters, points, picas and columns. You can also adjust these parameters separately or use presets to determine the new size. You can read more about this in the Troubleshooting section below. how to resize an image in photoshop


Can I change the width and height of the image independently?

You can click the lock icon to toggle between keeping the aspect ratio or changing the width and height of the image separately.

Can I resize my image using presets?

You can use the Fit To drop-down menu to automatically set the parameters to specific sizes, such as 4 x 6 or A4. You can also find the Original Size option here, which allows you to restore your image to its original size.

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