True, it is at a greater magnification. However so is the rest of the background, which continues to look great, even at 500%. While my copy pasted image looks ridiculously pixelated.
But, more to your question, even at 100%, it still looks a bit choppy, similar to when you copy a logo from a web page and paste it to an MS Word doc.
Also, as a reminder, the image I copied from was 5 times larger than what I pasted to.
What do you think?
I don't know if this would make any difference, but I've always heard it is good practice to change the source picture's resolution to match the destination's resolution before doing the copy/paste.
Holding down Shift while dragging should preserve the proportions. I hope this is still the case in PSE8 (I have an older version). Terri, can you answer this? Anyway when you do the Free Transform (Ctrl-T) you can change the size by entering the percentage in the W and H boxes on the tools option bar. Also check the "maintain aspect ratio" icon on the options bar.
You can also resize a layer with the Move tool and Shift-dragging a handle. Did you try that?
I will check to see if "maintain aspect ratio" was checked and will try the Move/shift/drag approach as well.
Shift/drag in Transform (CTRL-T) does NOT maintain proportion in PSE8. I don't know why. Seems like a no-brainer.
In any case, doesn't seem odd that I would have to match resolution when the source (copied) image resolution is already much better than the target (background) destination?
Okay, I think I might know what is going on. I would bet you have your interpolation method is currently set to "Nearest Neighbor." Try changing it in your application preferences, in the Editor, Edit<Preferences<General. The interpolation method you have set for the application determines how the transform is applied. The best bet for this might be Bicubic Smoother or Bicubic.
As to the transform command not working as expected, that could be a corrupt preference file.
Press and hold down Ctr l+ Al t+ Shift (Windows) or Cmd + Opt + Shift (Mac) immediately after (or while) launching the PSE editor. A prompt will ask if you want to delete the preferences file. Click Yes.
This will reset user settings so wait until after resetting the application preferences before going in and setting a interpolation method. (Reset would make it look better anyway if you have as I suspect changed the setting to Nearest neighbor.)
"Editor, Edit<Preferences<General. The interpolation method you have set for the application determines how the transform is applied. The best bet for this might be Bicubic Smoother or Bicubic"
I don't see this option in the referenced dialog in PEv.8.
My bad. I thought that was also in Elements. I guess the best bet is going to be to reset the application preferences.
The only place in Elements that has this setting is in the Image Size dialog. Image<Resize<Size. This might help. I haven't experimented with it yet only the preferences via Photoshop. My kids are going up the wall wanting on the computer right now...so no way I can't check it right now. Be very glad you can't them...
The only place in Elements that has this setting is in the Image Size dialog. Image<Resize<Size. This might help. I haven't experimented with it yet only the preferences via Photoshop...I can't check it right now.
I still think resetting the preference file will clear it up but did do a little experimenting.
I tried the image changing the sample interpolation method using the Image Size on the low resolution image and there wasn't a change.
The only way I could control the interpolation method with what Elements offers is by resizing the high resolution image before dragging it into the low resolution image. I did the transform via Image<Resize<Image Size by decreasing the high resolution by 10%. (I used the percentage amount the OP was transforming his original image using the free transform command.) If you try this you will see the difference in interpolation methods. (I checked this in PSE 3 but assume there's no difference in E8. I wanted to make sure that a percent could be input for resizing with resample on.)
I normally cross check to make sure it works in Elements but thought surely Elements had interpolation as a preference. Next time, I'll be sure to give it a check an option is available in at least the version of Elements I have and not just assume a feature is there based on memory.