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    Default How to show life size on screen?

    Hi,

    I'm try to do a large poster with map for my work with either photoshop or illustrator.

    Am I able to show a live size (as if it's printed) on the screen so that is easier for me to visualize how big the map & text will it end up? It is on the "print size" icon? But it doesn't seems like a live size to me..
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    Default Re: How to show life size on screen?

    hmm, not sure if i get what u mean.
    resize the image to your print size and zoom in to 100%?

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    Default Re: How to show life size on screen?

    Quote Originally Posted by wdEvA View Post
    hmm, not sure if i get what u mean.
    resize the image to your print size and zoom in to 100%?
    What I mean is, said u have a picture of 4" x 6" (forget about the big poster size!), when u preview on the screen, it actually shows exactly 4" x 6" if u use a real ruler to measure it on the screen..

    Tried ur methods but not the case. In fact, when u resize & zoom to 100%, it much bigger then the actual size. Also different resolution will show different size.

    Anyway, thanks for trying to help

    Anyone knows..?
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    Default Re: How to show life size on screen?

    Quote Originally Posted by SamPaul View Post
    Hi,

    I'm try to do a large poster with map for my work with either photoshop or illustrator.

    Am I able to show a live size (as if it's printed) on the screen so that is easier for me to visualize how big the map & text will it end up? It is on the "print size" icon? But it doesn't seems like a live size to me..
    Both PS and Illustrator will not give you the actual size, it depends on the size of the monitor and resolution of the monitor used.

    For illustrator, turns on the view rulers, set it to inches and adjusts your navigator panel percentage to make the inches dimension of the screen to be actually the same as the ruler.
    for my monitor with 1440x900 pixel resolution, I need to adjust the navigator panel percentage to 125% to give me the exact dimension.

    For PS, go to "Edit", "Preference", "Units and Rulers" and adjust the screen resolution reading. You find out the resolution of your monitor, use your width resolution divided by your physical width. i.e if the width resolution is 1440 pixels, monitor width is 16 inches. 1440/16 will give you 90 pixels/inch. Use this figure for your screen resolution reading. Click on the "Print Size" icon and now you will get the actual size you want.
    Last edited by kutten; 28th June 2010 at 12:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kutten View Post
    Both PS and Illustrator will not give you the actual size, it depends on the size of the monitor and resolution of the monitor used.

    For illustrator, turns on the view rulers, set it to inches and adjusts your navigator panel percentage to make the inches dimension of the screen to be actually the same as the ruler.
    for my monitor with 1440x900 pixel resolution, I need to adjust the navigator panel percentage to 125% to give me the exact dimension.

    For PS, go to "Edit", "Preference", "Units and Rulers" and adjust the screen resolution reading. You find out the resolution of your monitor, use your width resolution divided by your physical width. i.e if the width resolution is 1440 pixels, monitor width is 16 inches. 1440/16 will give you 90 pixels/inch. Use this figure for your screen resolution reading. Click on the "Print Size" icon and now you will get the actual size you want.


    This is great! I'll been using the method u mentioned for the illustrator for PS as well but never thought of this, I believed this will be easier & more accurate.Will try this out...Thanks!
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    Default Re: How to show life size on screen?

    Quote Originally Posted by SamPaul View Post
    What I mean is, said u have a picture of 4" x 6" (forget about the big poster size!), when u preview on the screen, it actually shows exactly 4" x 6" if u use a real ruler to measure it on the screen..

    Tried ur methods but not the case. In fact, when u resize & zoom to 100%, it much bigger then the actual size. Also different resolution will show different size.

    Anyway, thanks for trying to help

    Anyone knows..?
    just open a 4R print size photo use the zoom tool to zoom in till about 33%, compare it with a 4R print, both should about the same size now, use the same zoom factor to view your large poster doc.
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    Default Re: How to show life size on screen?

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    just open a 4R print size photo use the zoom tool to zoom in till about 33%, compare it with a 4R print, both should about the same size now, use the same zoom factor to view your large poster doc.
    Yes, Tks! Thought might be such a one click function that I don know, that's why asking the Sifu here....
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