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Resizing Image

419 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 9, 2011 3:17 PM by Brew City RSS
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Sep 9, 2011 7:59 AM



Forgive me if this has been asked a bunch, but I can't seem to find an answer.


Here is what I am trying to do and am failing at.


1. I have an image (jpeg that is 1100 X 775 pixels).

2. I want to use this image as a header on a website, but the header dimensions are 920 X 266.

3. I've imported the image into Aperture, chose export version, selected edit, changed the dimensions to the 920 X 266 that I needed.

4. It exports to my desktop, but the size doesn't save, so it makes it much smaller (pixel wise) and will not fit properly into my web header.


I hope this is clear and I would appreciate any advice as to how to fix this.


Thanks in advance.

  • rwboyer Level 4 Level 4 (3,170 points)
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    Sep 9, 2011 8:26 AM (in response to Brew City)

    You have to crop it to the same ratio first = this may sound a little convoluted but the best way is to chose the crop tool, then enter a "custom" aspect ratio - in your case just enter the pixel dimensions -  of 920x266, this is actually an arbitrary ratio and not really the pixel dimensions when used in the crop tool.


    After you crop it create a new export preset of "920x920" - the exact will work as well but this will just make the longest side 920 and it will not have orientation specifics. Then use that export preset to get your final image.




  • rwboyer Level 4 Level 4 (3,170 points)
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    Sep 9, 2011 9:05 AM (in response to Brew City)

    If you actually cropped it to the proper ratio the export should respect that ratio which by definition should get scaled when exporting to 960 on the long side. If I have a chance I will post a step by stop on my blog for you later today.


    I do this all the time - just tried it again and works fine with your dimensions. Sounds like somehow you didn't get the crop part correct and cropped it to the wrong aspect ratio.



    here is one I just did to your dimensions doing exactly what I told you to do....


    DSC_3085-920.jpg 920×266 pixels

  • rwboyer Level 4 Level 4 (3,170 points)
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    Sep 9, 2011 1:43 PM (in response to Brew City)



    If you do that the entire image will look screwed up and distorted as it will be stretched - generally this is not a good idea without serious messing around. Namely cloning portions of the image that are more or less empty and can be "scaled" without being obvious. The only mainstream tool that will attempt to do that kind of thing right now is Photoshop with "content aware scaling". Even then it takes a bit of effort to stretch an image to the degree that you are seeking without looking quite goofy with identifiable objects being squashed or stretched in appearance.




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