I’ve been making mini albums for Christmas gifts and it got me to thinking about being able to fit more than one 6×4 photo onto just ONE 6×4 area. I thought I’d create a little tutorial that may help you not only when you create your mini albums but I also know that December Daily is coming in less that a week’s time and this may help you.
I love seeing the pretty papers beneath my photos on each page of my mini album, so here’s what I’ve done. This allows me to make the images that I want to include in my project small enough to cut them apart after printing.
And even if you don’t print at home, you can then upload these 4×6 images to your favorite online printing site and they’ll print just as you upload them, still allowing you to be able to cut them apart.
In my graphics program (CS6), I’ve created a custom image size present by going to “File>New” and you’ll see this pop up box. Be sure to leave the Background Contents transparent.
You’ll see why here in just a bit.
After you’ve typed in the image size you want, go ahead and name it. Change the Untitled-1 to your preset size, for example: 6×4 and click “Save Preset”.
The next time you want to use this size, just click “File>New” and you’ll be able to choose your preset by actually clicking on “Preset” and choose from the options.
Here’s how to resize your images to fit the 6×4.
Open your saved preset and then open the image you want to resize.
As you will find, your image is much too large for your preset image. So first we want to resize our full size image to a 6×4 image. After resizing it to 6×4, drag it into your preset 6×4 image. It will just fit but we want to make it smaller to allow for another image on that same preset image.
While holding down your shift key, drag a corner of the full size image until you have it small enough to allow for a 2nd image, or even more if you wish. (In Photoshop Elements, there is no need to hold the shift key while resizing).
You can even combine portrait image formats with landscape as long as they fit on your 6×4 present and you’re happy with the size to be printed.
I know this looks small, but if you view it at 100%, you’ll see that it will make a nice clear image for your mini album or any smaller project where you want more than one image to a page.
It’s much like creating a layout when we resize our images to fit our layouts.
Once you’re done resizing and adding your full size images, you can Merge Visible layers. Use merge visible to retain the transparent background.
The reason you want to leave this as a transparent background and SAVE IT AS A PNG is because it will save ink when printing at home. If you’re going to upload these to an online printer, you can save as a JPG with a white background.
This technique works well when you have odd-sized photos such as the old square photos from years ago and the small school photos, especially if you want them printed online.
I just completed a mini album for my grandson for Christmas using this technique and I’m very happy with the way it turned out.
Just to give you an idea of the full size project, this album is 7 inches wide and 5 inches high. I felt like my 6×4 photos took up too much room on the page and there were pages where I wanted more than one image to a page.
The images on the left measure approximately 2-1/4 inches high and 3-1/4 inches tall. I actually cropped these from a full size image and then resized the crop to those image sizes.
I hope this tutorial will be help to you when creating your own projects. If you have any questions about the tutorial, please don’t hesitate to ask away in the comments.
What projects do you have planned for December that you may be able to use this technique?
Thanks for stopping by and Have A Creative Day!