Image editing: PaintShop Pro explainer 1 of 5

Open a logo image, resize it and save it.

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Open a logo image, resize it and save it.


Overview

Name of explainer: Open a logo image, resize it and save it.

Creative theme: Image editing

Software used: PaintShop Pro

User level: BEGINNER

This is explainer 1 of 5 in this series

This explainer series includes:

  1. Open an image, resize it and save it
  2. Open an image, rotate it and crop it
  3. Open an image and apply basic colour correction
  4. Open an image and add text
  5. Create a new image with a single-colour background

The Software

This series of image editing explainers uses PaintShop Pro. You can download a 30 day demo version of the software from Corel’s website. (PC only)

Later this month we’ll be running explainer series for Photoshop (which requires a paid subscription) and GIMP (which is completely free).

The pre-requisities

This is a BEGINNER workflow explainer, so you just need to install and open the software. We’ll take it from there!

If you’re new to IT / computing, you may need help downloading and installing the software. Start with a search for ‘how do i install paintshop pro’ or speak with someone familiar with downloading and installing applications.

Why would I do this?

Being able to resize images is a basic skill that’s an important step in many image editing workflows, such as:

  • Reducing the resolution of a full size photo to use it on a website
  • Reducing the resolution of a photo to attach it to an email
  • Reducing the resolution to save storage space
  • Increasing the resolution of a small / fuzzy image to make it clearer / suitable for use in a work or education project

In this explainer we open a large logo image and ‘make it smaller’ by reducing the resolution ready to use on the web or social media.

Let’s do it!

You can download the logo image we use in this explainer in the section further down this page!

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Good to know

The logo we’ve used for this explainer is in PNG format (often refered to as ‘ping’). This image format is popular for logos as it supports transparency (a ‘see through’ background). Photos are usually stored in .jpg (jpeg) format, which does not support transparency, or a ‘raw’ format which applies zero or very little compression. If you have a modern mobile device you may find your images are saved as ‘heif’ files, which is a modern format not yet supported by all software.

See geeksforgeeks for a straight-forward guide to all major image formats.

Note: Different camera manufacturers use their own versions of ‘raw’, and most software that is not dedicated to image editing will NOT support raw files directly.

Where to next?

In the explainer we successfully resized the logo to make it ‘smaller’, but what if you need to make an image LARGER? Here are the additional options available on PaintShop Pro’s resize dialog box:

Generally speaking, if you want to UPSCALE an image it’s best to ‘resample using’ the BICUBIC option as shown, and to reduce resolution it’s best to use the BILINEAR option. Current software, including this latest version of PaintShop Pro, also includes AI (artificial intelligence) upscaling which can offer impressive results for photos with ‘typical’ content (E.g. Faces / buildings / landscapes). Check out this video for the science bit! If you’re interested in software with dedicated AI upscaling options have a look at Topaz Photo AI.

Remember, this is part of a series of explainers for Paintshop Pro – Join us again for the other explainers in the series 🙂

Download the logo image used in this explainer

Here’s the file we used in this explainer. You’re welcome to download it for personal use only. Please do not redistribute.

Notes and updates

There are no notes or advisories at this time. This video explainer was last updated in February 2023. This page was last updated in February 2023.

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This is number 1 of 15 explainer videos for image editing month! Make sure you check out the others!