Photoshop: I am trying to drag an image to another image but it reduces in size

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Cristen Gillespie

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It sounds like you may have mismatched resolutions. Photoshop works with print resolution. So if they don't match, an image brought into a document with a different resolution may appear either larger or smaller.

If you're working with images that have the same resolution (ppi/dpi—check in the Info panel for each separately), then you need to tell us what OS and what version of PS you're working with. I've not heard of a problem with matching resolutions, but anything is possible.
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Thanks for your reply. I am using adobe photoshop 2020. I  am an illustrator and scan half tone pencil images. I have scanned an image at 150dpi and reduced size by 50%.  I am then opening a blank page also at 150 dpi. However when I drag the scanned image over it is reducing down to a tiny square just a few millimetres in size. If I free transform this image I am able to enlarge it but it is a fiddle and I have never had to do it before. I wonder if there is something in my settings/ preferences I can adjust. I have played with this too but it seems to make no difference. At this stage I am a little out of my depth, but do wonder why this is suddenly starting to happen.
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Kind-of like what Cristen (cool name) wrote. I have dragged one image to another and the resolution has been a mismatch and it happens the other way too. One other thing you could try, is just a copy and paste to see if that makes a difference. As I'm writing this, it could be a bunch of things. Keep 'fiddling' you'll get it. 

Good Luck! 





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Thanks for the compliment.<s>  I agree that "fiddling" is probably what gets most troubleshooting done. I find it very frustrating when it's something really odd like this. Normally I'd say "delete Prefs after saving your presets to disk" when strange things start happening. I was unable to  replicate  this with the workflow as given, and really don't have any good ideas for why it's happening.

So IF it's happening with multiple documents, not just the one which could indicate the document itself got corrupted, I'd probably start by uninstalling/reinstalling—hoping that will clear up a bad file in the application. If that didn't work, I'd resort to saving my Settings to ~Oldxxx with Photoshop closed, then try launching and seeing if recreating the Settings file with all fresh settings cleared it up.

If it didn't help, I could replace the new Settings with my saved Settings, and then I'd have to go through my workflow, changing one thing at a time to see if I could pin it down. Since it just started happening with a normal workflow, I'd especially be trying to remember what else, anything else, on my system that had recently changed. That's about all I can think to do, I'm afraid. Maybe Adobe staff will step in here soon and figure it out.
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Thank you Cristen for your replies. As you say I will carry on 'fiddling' until the problem is solved!


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Thank you for your reply Kit.
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Kit Kerner

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The real secret is never give up! Just between you and me, I didn't know about layers for the longest time, but that was a long time ago! 


I make no money with Photoshop, it only takes up my time.

Good Luck!