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MKS
Expand and contract grayed out
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on Dec 10, 2005 at 3:41:39 am

Using PSE4. I open a tif file, press ctrl-A to select all, then select:

SELECT > MODIFY

The only option available is BORDER. SMOOTH, EXPAND and CONTRACT are grayed out. So I duplicate the background, highlight the new layer and do the same thing on the layer but they are still grayed out.

I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. Why are they grayed out?
Thanks,
Mike


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Jim Kanter
Re: Expand and contract grayed out
on Dec 12, 2005 at 3:36:08 am

Try expanding the Canvas size and see if that helps.

Jim Kanter,
Digital Film Institute
http://www.dfilminst.com


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MKS
Re: Expand and contract grayed out
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on Dec 12, 2005 at 7:44:06 pm

>> Try expanding the Canvas size and see if that helps.

Just tried it. The smooth, expand and contract options are still grayed out.

Thanks for the suggestion though,
Mike


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Jim Kanter
Re: Expand and contract grayed out
on Dec 12, 2005 at 8:05:54 pm

Don't do a SELECT ALL. The modify command doesn't work if you go up the edges of the image. Expand the canvas size then marquee select the original area that you wanted to select.

You need pixels in the image that can be expanded into for those commands to work.

Jim Kanter,
Digital Film Institute
http://www.dfilminst.com


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MKS
Re: Expand and contract grayed out
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on Dec 13, 2005 at 3:45:16 am

Jim,

Thanks for your insight. The reason I want to do a contract is that when I scan multiple photos and have PSE4 auto-straighten and crop, often times there is a little white showing on of the edges of photos. Realizing that the size of the photos vary, my goal is to crop about 5 - 10 pixels off the borders of photos. (Actual number of pixels to crop off will vary depending on size of photo and resolution scanned at).

Anyone with an easy way to do this?
Thanks,
Mike S.


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