PHOTOSHOP - Image sizing is never what I expect

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I can never get an image to size correctly. The image scales like I want it to, but the pixels are always off. For an example, I created a circle, which I made the pixels even when creating it. However, for some reason, whenever I go to scale the image it is like image is scaling the entire background too. I am only wanting to scale the image. 

Does it matter that I have a background layer? I unselect it whenever I go to scale the image.

The proportions of my scale are width: 300px and height: 155px. This doesn't make any sense.


Anyone know what I am doing wrong?



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The background is part of the image.  You are scaling the entire image when you use Image Size.
If you just want to scale the circle, select that layer and use Free Transform.
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I don't understand what you mean that my image is the same size as the background? I don't know what I am missing. If you are referring to the background and the image is considered one image to photoshop, I get that... I just don't want it to be like that and that is what I am trying to figure out. I just want my circle and arrow inside of it to save.

How do I crop the image to the size of the layer?
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It almost sounds like you learned the wrong words for some things.

Your document in Photoshop is the image.
The background is always the full size of the document, no more and no less.
The document can contain layers in addition to the background, and layers can be smaller or larger than the full document.
The background and layers, when composited, make up the contents of the image.
When you save the image, it will save at the size of the document (because the document is the image).
When you resize the image, you are changing the size of the document which includes the background and all the layers.

You can use the Trim... command to trim the document to fit a layer, or the crop tool, or the Canvas Size command.
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Ok. I used the trim, but it only turned the image into a square. You mentioned two other ways, but would they be able to trim out the rest of the document outside of the circle?

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Images are always rectangular.  You can't have an image in a circular shape.
All you can have is a rectangle with transparency around your circle (which you already have).
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Gotcha. Thank you for all of your help!