I have photo taken with my D7100 that I need to print an 8x10 of. Unfortunately, I was very close to my subject and cannot crop to size. Are there any good methods to resize the photo to 8x10 without cropping? I am using Photoshop Elements 11.
I need to make the photo smaller to fit the 8x10 size. Unfortunately, that would mean cropping off needed parts of the photo. I know how to crop to size but do not want to crop any of it. I also know better than to shoot people at so close a range but it just happened. Right place, right time, just too close.
> > > I need to make the photo smaller to fit the 8x10 size. >Unfortunately, that would mean cropping off needed parts of >the photo. I know how to crop to size but do not want to crop >any of it. I also know better than to shoot people at so >close a range but it just happened. Right place, right time, >just too close.
Which is why I suggested cropping the OTHER dimension larger, keeping the one you don't want to make smaller at the full size. You will get black areas at the top and bottom (or left and right whichever you make larger), and use the clone tool to fill them in.
If you have never used the clone tool, this might be a time to start learning it.
You don't need to make it smaller, you need to change the aspect ratio, i.e. the ratio of the width to height. Out of the camera the ratio is 2:3. You want 4:5 (8:10). 4:5 is wider the on the short side than 2:3. You need to add to the short side.
Essentially what you want to do is add canvas to the desired dimensions, then stretch or clone the background space to fill the added canvas. The area being cloned or stretched works much better if it is neutral - a smooth background rather than something people can recognize. You might want to add a vignette or similar technique to darken and soften the added area.
This is a common technique for canvas wraps. It can be used to mirror edges or simply to stretch. I like the mirror approach for prints. You can combine mirror and stretch steps if needed.