Resize Image Photoshop

Resize Image/Layer in Photoshop – Full Guide You Should Know

Usually we have to resize image in Photoshop in order to meet the requirements of social media or other layout designs. Adobe Photoshop is a professional photo editor to resize images with layer. As for the case, beginners might not able to grasp the right ways to resize an image in Photoshop. In order to have a better understanding for the process, you have to learn more about layer, the canvas and the image size first. It seems to ease to resize an image or canvas in Photoshop. But when it comes to resize a layer, many Photoshop users are unfamiliar. It is both easy to resize an image in Photoshop or resize a layer in Photoshop.

Photoshop could help you to shrink or enlarge an image in proportion or without lost quality. And the process is not as complicated as you thought. The article introduces multiple ways to resize an image in Photoshop, even if you want to preserve the original quality. What is more, the article also introduces resize layers to fit canvas or background with ease. Just read on to get the detailed information from the article now.

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Part 1: How to resize an image in Photoshop

As for resize an image in Photoshop; Image Size feature should be the first choice you need to take into consideration. It helps you to customize the size of an image in Photoshop without losing quality. Just check out the detailed information about the process from the article.

Step 1: Open an image in Photoshop, located to “Image” menu in ribbon. After that you can select “Image Size” option to open the settings box.

Step 2: Then you can customize the value of Width and Height. By default the unit is pixels, you can also change it into percent from the drop down list.

Image Size

Step 3: Photoshop also allows users to resize an image in “Document Size”. This panel provides more unit options, like inches, centimeter and more. When you prepare to print the image, you can resize it in this panel to fit the paper size.

Step 4: If you want to customize the value of width and height independently, you have to uncheck the option of “Constrain Proportions”.

Step 5: After settings, you can click on “Ok” button to confirm the changes. Then Photoshop will resize the images according to the values typed in.

Document Size

If you are a beginner, you’d better to create a copy before resize an image in Photoshop. You can open “Image” menu and select “Duplicate” option. Then the changes will not affect the original image. And you can delete the copy if the result is not satisfactory.

Part 2: How to resize an image in Photoshop without distortion

In most cases, we need to resize an image in Photoshop without distortion. The Image Size feature also has the ability to resize a picture in proportion. If you check the option of Constrain Proportions in Image Size window, Photoshop will resize an image in ratio. But I will introduce another way to achieve the same effect without distortion in this part.

Step 1: Open an image in Photoshop. Navigate to layer panel and double click the image to unlock it.

Step 2: Located to “Edit” menu on the ribbon and select “Free Transform”. You can also use hot key Ctrl + T on Windows or Command + T on Mac OS to activate the Free Transform tool.


Step 3: Then you can resize the image of Photoshop in active layer. But if you want to resize it in proportion, you have to hold down Shift and drag the squares on the corners at the same time.

Step 4: The value of width and height will show up in real time in a small box near the square you dragged. After you get a suitable size, press Enter to confirm the changes.

Free Transform

Free Transform is a useful tool in Photoshop. It does not only have the ability to resize an image in proportion, but also could help you to rotate the image.

Part 3: How to resize an image in Photoshop without losing quality

What should you do when the image became blurry after resizing? This problem is especially common when we print a photo. As a professional photo editing program, Photoshop could help you to resize an image without reduce quality. Here are the steps to resize in image in Photoshop without losing quality.

Step 1: Open an image in Photoshop and activate the window of Image Size. The details you can find out in the first part of this article.

Step 2: When you print an image, the resolution usually should be 180 to 240 pixels per inch. If you enter a larger value in “Resolution”, the image will be enlarged and become blurry.

Step 3: So uncheck the box of “Resample Image” and then reset “Resolution”. It will not change the dimension of the image.

Resample Image

Step 4: After that, check the boxes of Resample Image and Constrain Proportions. Resize the image’s Width or Height value.

Step 5: Select “Bicubic Smoother” in the drop down list of “Resample Image” if you enlarge the image. If you shrink the image, you have to select Bicubic Sharpen.

Step 6: Finally, click on OK to complete the process of resizing an image in Photoshop.

Bicubic Smoother

Bicubic Smoother is a kind of algorithm. Photoshop will use this algorithm to maintain the quality of an image when you resize file. The principle of this algorithm is quite complex, so it is not suitable to introduce here. But you can explore the potentials of other options in the drop-down list of Resample Image.

Part 4: How to Resize a Layer in Photoshop

Before resizing a layer in Photoshop, you have to understand what layer is. There is usually a canvas and several layers contained texts and images in a Photoshop file. In order to resize a layer in Photoshop, there should be a layer. So we start from creating a layer.

Step 1: Located to “File” and select “New” to create a PSD file. In the pop-up window, enter the size of the canvas and other settings. The canvas usually works as the background. And then you can create a few layers on the canvas.

New Layer

Step 2: After painting something or open an image on the active layer, you can resize the layer by “Scale”. Open “Edit” menu and select “Scale” in “Transform” option.


Step 3: Then you will discover the tool bar is activated beneath the top menu bar. The values of W and H mean the percent dimensions of the layer. You can enter a new value in W or H to resize the layer.

Step 4: The icon shaped as a chain indicates constrained proportions. If you want to resize width and height separately, you have to click on the icon to unlock it. After resetting, you can press the “Enter” key to complete the process of resize a layer in Photoshop.

Part 5: How to resize a layer to fit canvas

In some cases, the size of a layer is not as the same as the canvas in Photoshop. And Photoshop does not have the handy button of Fit to Canvas as Firework. But that does not mean you cannot resize a layer to fit canvas in Photoshop. When you find the new layer does not fit the canvas in Photoshop, you can utilize the feature of Free Transform.

Step 1: Navigate to “Image” menu on the ribbon and select “Canvas Size”. Then you can grasp the size of current canvas.

Canvas Size

Step 2: Open “Free Transform” from the “Edit” menu. Of course, you can also use the hot key Ctrl + T could activate the “Free Transform” tool as well.

Free Transform

Step 3: Then the anchor points will show up on the edges of the layer. You can drag the anchor points to resize the layer in Photoshop. The value of dimensions will show up in real time in a small box near the active anchor point.

Anchor Point

Step 4: Resize the layer in Photoshop until the values of width and height are the same with the values of canvas. Then press “Enter” to confirm the changes. Finally, use the “Move” tool to move the layer to fit the canvas.

Part 6: How to resize the background layer

In order to expand the background layer or shrink the background layer to fit the other layers, you have to resize the image background layer in Photoshop. Although the processes are different, both operations are very simple.

How to shrink the background layer to fit other layers

Step 1: Select the background layer to resize in Layer panel.

Step 2: Located to “Image” menu and select “Trim”.

Step 3: In the Crop window, select the option of “Top Left Pixel Color”. Make sure that the four boxes in Crop section have been checked and then click on “OK”.

Step 4: If the background layer is still larger than the other layers, you can repeat step 2 and select the option of “Bottom Right Pixel Color” in step 3.

Step 5: Then Photoshop will shrink the background layer of Photoshop to fit the other visible layers.

Trim in Photoshop

How to expand background layer

Step 1: Open “Canvas Size” option in “Image” menu, when the background layer is active layer.

Step 2: Then you can resize the background layer in Canvas Size window.

Step 3: If you want to resize the width or height independently, you have to uncheck the box of Relative. And Photoshop provides multiple units in the drop-down list, including centimeter, pixel, percent and more. Finally select the color to fill the expanded background.

Step 4: Click on “Ok” to finish the process, you will get a larger background layer in Photoshop.

Canvas Size

Part 7: Best alternative method to resize images in batch

When you need to resize images in Photoshop or layer in Photoshop, you can get the multiple methods from the article. But how to resize images in batch with ease, WidsMob ImageConvert should be the solution you need to take into consideration.

1. Convert RAW photos as well as other images files into desired photo formats in batch.

2. Resize, rotate videos with different angles in batch, adds border or frames in different color modes.

3. Not only add captions and images as watermark, but also allows you to adjust font, style, color, opacity, size, angle, position and more in batch.

4. When you apply the photo effects or add watermark, you can have instant preview for the result from the interface for all the image files.

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Step 1: Add photos into the WidsMob ImageConverter, you can click the “Open” button to import the folder of all photos or drag-n-drop files into the program. It will batch resize photos in the program with ease.

Step 2: Choose “Resize” mode to select “By Width”, “By Height”, “Percentage” and “Free” from Mode. After that you can enter the Pixel to get the desired solution according to the requirement.

Add Photo to ImageConvert

Step 3: As the alternative method to resize image in Photoshop, you can also resize image by Pixels/Inch. What is more, the program is able to “Enlarge smaller images” before click the “Start convert” button.



Based on the introduction, you might discover that Photoshop is a powerful photo-editing program, resizing an image in Photoshop looks simple. However, it becomes complicated when we do it in reality. Photoshop could meet most requirements related to resize an image. There are at least two ways to resize an image in Photoshop, Image Size feature and Free Transform tool. And Image Size feature is even more powerful, because it could help you to resize an image without lost quality.

Layer is a basic concept in Photoshop. It will record all the activities and changes you have done in Photoshop. Resizing a layer in Photoshop may sound easy; but actually it is complex in reality. When we edit images in Photoshop, we usually face various challenges. And resizing a layer in Photoshop in different conditions is one of such challenges. Based on the introduction above, you might grasp some basic ways to resize a layer in Photoshop, like how to resize a layer to fit canvas or how the resize a background layer. Photoshop is a large package of tools. This article just gives you the basic introduction about resizing a layer in Photoshop. And users could explore the potentials by collocation and combination these tools.

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