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Resize a big image into a small one without constraining proportions or stretching it


Question

I have am image which is 1920px X 1200px. How would I make it small in such a way that it turns into a 960px X 200px exactly.

If I do it without the option of "Constraint Proportions" checked in PS, It stretches horizontally and looks very bad. If I use the option and make it 960px wide, the height becomes 600px. Again using the option and making it 200px height, makes it 320px wide.

In the below image, I need to turn it into a 960px X 200px so that apart from the above, the cows and the grass as well as the sky is visible. Atleast the cows in full, the grass from the bottom maybe clipped but not to such a extend so that the legs of the cows also get clipped and atleast some part of the sky should be visible.

I tried using crop and came up with the middle image below. The last image is stretchy.

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2012/08/17
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8/17/2012 2:58:00 AM

Accepted Answer

I would go with cropping using a saved selection. You can't generate an automatic calculation that considers how good a picture will look if you crop this or that way, so you have to do it manually:

  • Create a selection that is 960px X 200px
  • Choose Select > Save Selection.
  • Using that selection, crop your image.

Repeat for all your images choosing the best position for your selection.

2012/08/17
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8/17/2012 2:58:00 AM