Resize Digital Papers

Sometimes you may want your 12×12 inch digital paper to be a smaller size, such as Letter, A4 or smaller standard photograph sizes.  I’m going to show you how to resize a 12×12 inch digital paper using two different image editors – Paint.NET and GIMP. Both are free and available to download from the web.

These instructions will be pretty much the same for other image editing software, such as Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Resizing with Paint.NET

STEP 1:

Go to “File->Open” and browse to the digital paper you wish to resize. Select it and click “Open”.

STEP 2:

Go to “Image->Canvas Size”.

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STEP 3:

Set the “Print size” to you preferred size. This would be 8.5 x 11 inches for Letter size and 11.7 x 8.3 inches for A4.  However, you can change to any size you wish as long as it is the same or less than the original size of 12 x 12 inches.

Set the “Anchor” to middle. Click on “OK”.

Resize Digital Paper - 2STEP 4:

You now have your resized digital paper. Remember to save it as a different file name, so you don’t overwrite your original 12 x 12 inch file.

Resize Digital Paper - 3Resizing with GIMP

STEP 1:

Go to “File->Open” and browse to the digital paper you wish to resize. Select it and click “Open”.

STEP 2:

Go to “Image->Canvas Size”.

STEP 3:

Set the “Canvas Size” to you preferred size. This would be 8.5 x 11 inches for Letter size and 11.7 x 8.3 inches for A4.  However, you can change to any size you wish as long as it is the same or less than the original size of 12 x 12 inches.

Either click on “Centre” to centre the paper on your new canvas size, or move the paper around to where you want it in the “Offset” image field.

Click on “Resize”.

STEP 4:

You now have your resized digital paper. Remember to export it as a different file name, so you don’t overwrite your original 12 x 12 inch file.

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