Article: Putting a Recipe in the YumYum Recipe Box: How to Downsize Photos in Photo Shop

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By Arlene Marshall on July 15, 2010

Have you been hesitant to try your hand at putting a recipe in the database? Yes, it can be a challenge to try something new . . . but think of the benefits.

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Imageherbie43
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
jules - can you tell me exactlyu how ou down size phots on phto shop??


Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagedaylily
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Go to Image, then to Image Size.

Set the bottom options like I have them here, and make sure the resolution is at 72 --- then change the largest of the pixel dimensions to 600. Click OK. --- see next post for how it should look after it is changed to 600

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Imagedaylily
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
after setting smallest pixel size to 600

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Imagedaylily
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Go to File, Save As - give it a name - I usually put "_web" at the end of the name, before .jpg such as
dog_web.jpg

I save mine as jpg. Others may do something different.

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Imagedaylily
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
these are the settings I use when the next window comes up with the jpg options

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Imageherbie43
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
do i haveto subscribe to photo shop and how about changing the width ofthe4 picture. can that be done

thanks so much for your help

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagedaylily
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
you don't subscribe to Photoshop. It is a very expensive photo editing program. Changing the number of pixels changes the width. Look at my examples above. Photo was 34" wide and after it was 8" wide. (approx)

I use a Mac. I think there are inexpensive programs for photo editing that you can get for the PC, or that come with digital cameras. I know nothing about PC programs. I worked in the Printing Industry so I am used to using photoshop. Using it to downsize a photo is the equivalent to using an 18 wheeler truck to pull a cement block. If you can do it in a Red Flyer Wagon, might as well, it's a lot less expensive. But, if you have the 18 wheeler sitting around for other purposes, it pulls a cement block too!
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Excellent tutorial and examples, Jules. I don't have Photoshop but I have programs that came with my camera that I've learned to use.

Frank,
Are you wanting to learn this stuff because it interests you or do you just have a couple of photos that need work? You know I would help and you also have the niece you could ask. She seems to be very proficient.
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Imageherbie43
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
arlene - go to debs website http://www.cookfromtheheart.com
first look at the picture of the kitchin and then click onto "my book". deb was told by the publishes that she should put the picture of the book wherethe kitchin is but the picture of the book is to big to fit there properly. even the photographer could not get to it fit there.

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
576X432 pixels is Deb's book picture. What size do you want it to be? I can't seem to snag the kitchen picture, when I right click it to copy it . . . it doesn't give me the option to copy it. It says it's a background. I'll try a screen shot.

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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Kitchen # 1 is about 522X294 pixels

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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Here it is resized to about what you want if it is supposed to match the size of the kitchen pic.

It makes the book smaller but by adding white space on each side it fits the size and the white should blend into your white background.

But this is not good because my fiddling with it makes the picture blurry.

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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
I would lay that book out on a white background, a white board and take a new picture of it far enough away so there is plenty of white space both left and right. Then send it to me and let me crop it leaving the white space on each side to make it fit the requirementss.

You don't need to pay a professional photographer to photograph the book jacket; our digital cameras do a fine job.
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
Imageherbie43
Jul 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
deb and i checked all your pictures and it's not exactly what she wants so she will stick with her kitchin picture and leave it like that.

thanks for all your work with this and i hope you have a nice day picking beans
there is nothing better (maybe tomatoes) then fresh picked beans from he yard. you can hear them snap with you break them.



Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imageherbie43
Jul 18, 2010 7:28 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
i will give it a try but i think tried takinga picture of it but she said it did not come out as good as the original photo from the photographer.

thanks alot

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 18, 2010 7:29 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Could you email me the original from the photographer?
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
Imageherbie43
Jul 18, 2010 3:29 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
thats the problem arlene. the picture itself is so big that i cannot even scan in into my computer.

after speaking with deb i think she just wants to leave everything the way it is

you have probably already see tnhis but i want to show you what sharron brown from the writers and words cubit wrote about deb and the book

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There are lots of things I do very well. I can paint, decorate, sew, grow flowers, write a word or two, but I am a rotten cook. Really rotten. You wouldn't know that by looking at my children, but they'll be the first to tell you that cooking is not my strongest talent. I do admire those who cook well, and I truly do enjoy eating wonderful foods, but I just can't cook. However, I know someone who can! Not only that, but SHE JUST PUBLISHED A COOKBOOK...


On a website several years ago, I happened across a kind gentleman who was near my age. He lived in New York and we frequented many of the same chat threads. I got to know him through his words, and his words were always about his family. He talked often about his wife and sons and the special dinners his wife prepared for their family gatherings. He also shared photos of the dinners.

Photos of food usually make me hungry. I can see a tomato all dressed up in a dollop of creamy sauce, a sprinkle of cheese, a touch of basil, set up on a bed of spring greens, with perhaps a toasted bagel at hand...See! It doesn't take much for me.

Frank's words combined with his photos would make the whole world hungry! My little description of that tomato is nothing compared to the photos Frank showed us. What I didn't know was that his very charming wife, Debbie, was recreating recipes from her past. I also didn't know that her past included growing up in an Italian family. I love Italian food, especially if it is presented in such a way that every dish is as beautiful as a most gorgeous painting. Frank's photos convinced me that those dinners could very well have been created by a Master.

Over the years Frank continued to mention his wife's cooking, and I got hungrier and hungrier. I thought at one point that I might just have to fly to New York and pay them a visit, but as it happened, fate intervened. Debbie has published her own cookbook and now we have an opportunity to create for ourselves those very deliciously beautiful and tasty recipes.


Recently I asked Debbie how she became such an enticing gourmet cook, and this is what she told me...

***Like in any Italian family, my mother ruled the kitchen, and never was this more evident than during the holidays. I loved sitting at the table while my mom prepared the Christmas meal. To me she was like a tornado passing through the apartment.

There were pots and pans everywhere, waiting to take the place of the pots and pans already on the stove. The table was overflowing with food waiting to get mixed or popped into the oven. Every space in the kitchen held the beginnings of something delicious, or trays of goodies wrapped up for later. It wasn't until our parents passed on and my siblings and I began talking of the good old days that I realized I could never remember my mom with a cookbook in front of her. To me her cooking always came from her heart. It is for this reason I have named my book Cooking from the Heart, in honor of my mother. I thank her for filling my heart with these great memories and recipes.

I love to cook for family and friends, and some of our best times come from my having made too much for dinner and calling my friends to come over. Then there we are, all sitting at the table having the best time...

Frank and I have been married for 41 years and have two terrific sons, Frank and Christopher, my daughter in law Danielle, and a tiny blessed addition to our family coming in September. Can life get any better then this?

Frank has always been by my side, whether it's chopping onions or doing the dishes as I'm preparing for a party. Often he comes home from work and takes over the typing for me to give me a break.

I have always talked of writing a cookbook with much encourgement from family and friends. One day Danielle sent me a clipping for self publishing. We did some research and picked iUniverse. The rest is history. It took me 19 months to complete the cookbook but much of that time was spent waiting for the publisher to do his part. It was a challenge, a wonderful journey, and the wildest ride of my life, all in one.

I took many classes at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and served as a cook for the priest of my parish, St. Columba's in Hopewell Junction. That experience proved helpful to me as well.***

So now the cookbook is finished, and since I have been following their journey, I know for Deb and Frank it was a very long 19 months. It was long for me too, because I could hardly wait to try those wonderful recipes.

It won't be long now; the book is ready, and Deb assures me that if we follow these easy instructions, we'll be able to order it:

***To purchase the book go here to insure getting the newest version. Type either the name of the book: Cooking from the Heart, or just type my last name, Troiso, in the search and it will pop up.***

Go to Deb's website for gift ideas, wonderful photos, and an interesting array of kitchen news and views. Plan to spend hours there, it's that good!


Isn't it fun to see a dream come true? The best part is that we'll be able to enjoy Debbie's delicious recipes right in our own kitchens. Maybe soon I'll become a cook after all. At my age, one can only hope.


Debbie, thank you so much for sharing information with us. I wish you much luck in the success of your book and I wish our readers many meals of delightful cuisine. If you would like to chat with Debbie and Frank, you are welcome to use the threads following this article.

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i was gong to c-mail a few of my firends that have cubits but i don't want to seem like i am being pushy. LOL

weeds did have a quickie on her cubit about the book bieng published and that she bought a copy.

it's been a hot one today and i am glad i am in a/c right now










Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .

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