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Beecher's Handouts is a free 122 page book about camera tools. Read online or download a free copy.

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PATH is a book about the most important ingredient in photography. Most books are about cameras. This book is about you. Read online or download a free copy.

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Camera Tools

Beecher's Handouts

Beecher's Handouts is a free 122 page book about camera tools. Read online or download a free copy.

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Photo Cheat Sheet

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Here are over 250 pages about organizing and editing with Lightroom. Read online or download free copies of each section.

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Photoshop Elements

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Unknown Photographer

100s of articles & tutorials make editing with Photoshop Elements easier and fun. Read online or print them.

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Printing > Calculators

Two Calculators

There are are two calculators below.

What do they do?

Calculator #1

Let's say a friend gave you a box of 16" x 20" paper.

How may pixels do you need to make a print at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch?

To get the answer, use the Print Size to Pixels Calculator.

Calculator #2

Let's say your camera is set to record photographs that are 4,000 x 6,000 pixels.

What size print can you make at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch?

To get the answer, use the Pixels to Print Size Calculator.

How to Find the Pixel Dimensions

If you don't know the pixel dimensions of a photograph, open it in Photoshop Elements.

Go to Pixel Dimensions.

Resampling (Interpolation)

If you don't have enough pixels to make a print at your desired resolution, add some more pixels.

This is called resampling or interpolation.

In Photoshop Elements, do the following.

1) At the top of your screen, go to Image > Resize > Image Size.

2) Make sure Constrain Proportions and Resample Image are selected in the lower-left corner of the window.

3) In the menu at the bottom of the window, change Bicubic to Bicubic Smoother.

4) Highlight the width value, and enter the value you need.

The value you use is the width (horizontal) value from the calcultor.

The height value changes automatically when you enter a new width value.

5) Click OK.

Go to Resampling.

Print Size to Pixels Calculator

1 - Enter the Print Size You'd Like

Vertical   Horizontal     Select the Unit:
x     Centimeters Inches

2 - Enter the Resolution (ppi)

You'd Like

3 - Click Calculate

4 - You Need a File with

These Pixel Dimensions

Pixels x Pixels

Pixels to Print Size Calculator

1 - Enter the Pixel Dimensions

Vertical     Horizontal  
Pixels x Pixels

2 - Enter the Resolution (ppi)

3 - Click Calculate

Vertical   Horizontal  
Inches Inches
Centimeters Centimeters

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