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Thanks all, and the comments about cropping helped. The graphic is basically
a BIG logo smack in the middle of a dark blue background, so I maintained
the aspect ratio and resized the image at 300 dpi to width and height of
3300 x 3300 for an 11.5 x 11.5 image. I then opened the image in SnagIt and
used the crop function which simply removes the unwanted area of a capture
and keeps the rest. Because the image is a large logo smacked in the middle
of a big blue background, I cropped the image starting at 0, 375 (1.25
inches to be removed from each side and at 300 dpi, that's a 375 pixel
starting point) and took the cropping to 2550 x 3300. It basically removed
to large rectangular portions of the dark blue of equal size from both sides
without touching the logo and now my image is 8.5 x 11 and appears just
Also, I do understand and appreciate the comments about the needing a
different image format with a different DPI, but I don't have that option.
The image is all that the client has left from a previous Graphic artist and
there's not much that I can do about that. It's for the cover of a PDF
(User's manual) that will be either printed or viewed online, so I am not
too worried about the ultimate look. Viewing it online, no one is going to
stay focused on the First page and printing it - well, it rarely gets
printed as it is accessible online.
Thanks all - this is a great bunch of helpful folks on this list.
Tammy Van Boening
Spectrum Writing, LLC
info -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com
From: Fred Ridder [mailto:docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 12:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Graphics question
Tammy Van Boening wrote:
> I have a JPEG image from a client that is sized at 2400 x 2400. I need to
> use this image for the front page of a manual and it needs to fit
> an 8.5 x 11 in page. What do I have to do/how do I resize/rescale this
> to so that I don't lose any clarity/color/sharpness, etc. but still fill
> page completely?
You cannot make a square image completely fill a non-square space without
either distorting it (stretching it vertically) or cropping it (cutting off
part of the image from one or both sides). It's not *quite* a square peg in
a round hole, but it's still not something that can be made to fit exactly.
If filling an 8.5x11 page is an absolute requirement, and distorting the
image is unacceptable, you either have to make up about 350 rows-worth of
pixels for the top and bottom of the page where no pixels exist (and no
image exists), or else you have to throw away about 275 columns-worth of
pixels from the sides of the image where the image won't fit on the page.
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