5 Replies Latest reply on Mar 2, 2017 4:55 AM by Sandee Cohen

    Resizing an Image


      This may be a SUPER easy answer - but I'm stuck!  I purchased a photo from Shutterstock to use as a background on a postcard that I'm creating.  I downloaded it in it's square shape - however, I need it to be 4.25 x 6 inches.  I don't want any of the image to be cut off/cropped - and I've tried everything to resize it so it doesn't look distorted - but nothing is working!  Should I have downloaded an image that was already rectangular in shape?  Or is there a way to resize it so the WHOLE image fits in my frame?  THANKS!

        • 1. Re: Resizing an Image
          Michael Witherell Adobe Community Professional

          You cannot have it both ways. If the picture is a square layout and the frame is a tall rectangle, then you cannot have all the picture showing. That would be requiring 2 different aspect ratios at the same time.


          It would be cool, tho, to take the pix into Photoshop, and apply Edit > Content Aware Scaling to it! It might fake it well enough to get away with it. Especially if you prepared a protective alpha channel to the important part of the image, then you could distort it taller while keeping the people in the picture looking correct.

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          • 2. Re: Resizing an Image
            Eternal Warrior Level 4

            What Mike said (again very well).


            I would only add that depending on the image "look" you may want to make a selection


            Capture 4.PNG


            Then use that to protect that bit of the image when content aware scaling...

            Capture 5.PNG


            Just remember you will have to unlock your layer (even from the background) otherwise content aware scale will be greyed out if you try edit > content aware scaling.







            • 3. Re: Resizing an Image
              Eternal Warrior Level 4

              Also if you provide us with the shutterstock link or a preview of the image with watermarks we can advise how better to achieve this... Or if as you said a Rectangular image would be better.

              • 4. Re: Resizing an Image
                Alma Strutt Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

                As there is no way to get a square image to fit a rectangular shape without losing image top and/or bottom when scaling to fit another option is to place the image as a square and then add another element to your InDesign layout e.g. a solid/tinted frame with text information. Or ghost the image to fit the whole space as a background with the solid version appearing in its entirety on top of the background image. That can be quite effective. I'm sure there's lots of ways to utilise up the remaining space while keeping the overall design attractive.

                • 5. Re: Resizing an Image
                  Sandee Cohen Adobe Community Professional

                  I recently has a similar challenge. I used Photoshop's Crop tool to add more side area to my image with Content Aware turned on.


                  The results of water on a beach were spectacular! I would have never been able to do it manually. And it worked without having to scale the original.

                  Beach before.jpg


                  Beach after.png