Resizing 12″X12″ Digital Paper in Paint.net for Printing onto 8″X10″ Photo Paper

Many digital paper sets out there come as 12″ X 12″ paper.

If you’re new to printing and working with digital paper and found yourself with photo paper that’s 8″ x 10″ to print on, you may wonder how to go about printing your pretty paper without messing up.

Maybe your past attempts at printing your digital paper resulted in a sheet that came out a tad too big to your taste for instance.

Though a bigger pattern is no big deal, design wise, it can take away the charm of the design if it’s too big. And you don’t want to take away the charm of the paper because that’s why you bought it in the first place.

So, how do you go about it? The trick is to Resize the paper from 12″ x 12″ down to 8″ x 10″. You can do this in a photo software. In our case, we love using Paint.net for those basic jobs.

In case you don’t know, Paint.net is free to use and, despite being old, the team developing it is always trying to improve it I believe as upgrades are regularly released.

So, how do you resize your 12×12 paper in Paint.net for print onto 8×10 paper (or any other paper for that matter)?

Step 1 – Open Your Digital Paper in Paint.net

The digital paper we used in this tutorial is available from our store here.

Step 2 – Resize the Image

Go to the top menu bar and click the Image menu.

Then pick Resize and the Resize pop up window will open:

We’re looking at the Print size section at the very bottom here.

Type in the Width field the value of 10.00 for 10 in.

If you’re not seeing values in inches, use the drop down arrow to filter on inches.

This will automatically update the Height accordingly to 10.00 (given our digital paper is a square here – the value ratio between width and height will be perserved).

Tip

  • Note that if, at any point, you need to change the Resolution in the Pixel size section to pixels/inch from pixels/cm, this action will automatically update the unit field in the Print size section to inches.
  • The idea here is to look at your outcome paper, pick its bigger side and size down your 12×12 to this size (10 inches for us). Then, you finish the job by cropping another 2 inches from the width (see below).

Step 3 – Crop Canvas

Now go to the Image menu again but this time pick Canvas Size:

This is pretty much the same screen as the Resize screen except there is the Anchor section at the bottom. Make sure it is the central tile that’s selected, like in the above photo.

Now override the Width with 8″ in the Print size section. This should now crop your paper to be 8″ wide:

We started out with a square and now have a vertical rectangle.

All you need to do now is save this and print.

Do make sure you configure your paper and printer correctly prior to printing to avoid ink getting spilled inside the printer. For instance, you may need to pick paper size 8″ x 10″ and photo paper as paper type.

SHORTCUT

Now, there is an even shorter way to achieve this in Paint.net.

In Step 2 above we said that given we have a square, when we update the width or the height, the other side will automatically update too. Well, not quite. It does if the Maintain Aspect Ratio box is ticked (see above in the same Resize pop up window).

If you untick this box, it will let you input just any width and height you wish and that will suffice to crop your paper to the size you need (8″ x 10″).

Try it out to see for yourself.


And that’s how you get your digital 12″ x 12″ paper into an 8″ x 10″ size ready for printing.

We hope you found this tutorial useful and wish you happy crafting!

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Log & Mitten

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