Perfect Print Proportion Zoom Percentage… whew, that is a mouthful! But, it’s not nearly as geeky as it sounds and it can totally change the way you scrap!
In this tutorial I’ll show you how to find the sweet spot for making the size of the page on your screen match the size of the page when printed. This has many benefits, some of which I’ll explain below.
For this tutorial you will need:
- Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements
Is This You?
You work hard on a super cool scrapbook page. You LOVE it! You upload it to your online gallery. You show it off to your online friends. You take the time to upload it to an online printer and wait excitedly for the day of its return.
It finally comes in the mail… It’s ugly. The shadows are harsh and the staples are the size of Utah!
This is not an unusual occurrence. After all, what you see on your computer screen is often WAY smaller than the final product, and it can cause big problems.
The first time time this happened to me — I set off to make sure it never happened again. This is what I did…
Step One: Open a Document & Turn On the Rulers
NOTE: This tutorial is designed for documents using 300 ppi, which is the standard for any material you intend to print.
- Open a scrapbook page (File > Open) or any digital document. The dimensions of the project do not matter.
- In the Menu Bar, choose View > Rulers.
Note: This tutorial is written specifically for documents measured in inches. If you need to adapt to centimeters, the concepts still apply.
Step Two: Adjust the View Percentage To Match the Ruler
You may need help with this step; it can be a bit of a Twister match! It can also be tedious and slightly time consuming, but keep in mind that you only need to follow these instructions once, then you are good to go!
First we’ll get the ruler alignments CLOSE.
- Get an actual ruler out of your drawer and hold it up to your monitor right below the document’s ruler. (see the screenshot below)
- Press the Ctrl + or – (Mac: Cmd + or -) until the inch marks on the actual ruler COME CLOSE to aligning with the inch marks on the document’s ruler.
Then, we’ll get ruler alignments nearly PERFECT.
- Click on the Zoom Percentage at the bottom of the document to highlight it.
- Press the Up or Down Arrow keys to change the percentage one percent at a time until the inch marks on the actual ruler align with the inch marks on the document’s ruler. You will need to press Enter or Return to see the result of each percentage adjustment.
You will likely not be able to get it EXACT, and that’s okay. Don’t sweat it.
Step Three: Jot It Down
- When you’ve got the rulers aligned, go ahead and put down your actual ruler. Whew! That was a LONG time to have your arm hangin’ in the air, wasn’t it??
- Find the prettiest little sticky note you own and jot down the Zoom Percentage that is displayed in the Status Bar.
Use Your Zoom Percentage
- Open a scrapbook page or other digital document that is 300 ppi.
- At the bottom of the document, click on the Zoom Percentage and enter YOUR perfect number.
This percentage is good for:
- Seeing if your journaling is readable. You want your journaling to be small, but not so small that you cannot read it. Remember, you are setting the size of your journaling so you can read it on the printed page, not so you can read from the small image you post in online galleries.
- Getting the size of elements in proportion with real life. This could include things like staples, paper clips, buttons, tags, sequins, ribbons, bows, flowers, etc.
MY Percentage VS YOUR Percentage
- 73% is my Perfect Print Proportion Zoom Percentage. There’s a really good chance that it will NOT be yours. Your computer screen will likely be configured differently than mine. It all depends on resolution and/or size.
Disclaimer: The term “Perfect Print Proportion Zoom Percentage” is a TOTALLY made up term.
Thanks to my zoom percentage being set just right, the journaling on my scrapbook page was the perfect size when I printed it out and put it in my scrapbook album.
Page: Play All Day by Jen White
Photos: Jen White
Templates: Scrap It Now Vol.3
Kit: Musings by Etc By Danyale
Fonts: DJB Annalise, Alfa Slab One, Angelique
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