ELEMENTS 11 - Incredible Shrinking Images!!!

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My Photoshop version 11 has started shrinking any picture that I attempt to resize, crop, or sometimes even on uploading. This just started about and hour ago. If I click on the tiny shrunken icon, nothing happens, it just stays a tiny icon. Help! I have a big project due and need to be able to edit!
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Chris Cox

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Do you mean Elements 11?

What OS version are you using?

And what exactly do you mean by "shrinking"?
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Hi Chris,
Thanks for your quick response. Yes, Elements 11.

I'm using Windows 7.

By shrinking I mean this: if I crop or try to reduce size, then instead of giving me a smaller version of the photo that I can click on, it gives me a teeny little version (I'd say less than an eighth of an inch square) that is not clickable. It just sits there.
The program was working fine this morning and I've been using it for 2-3 years without a problem.
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OK, that sounds like you are resizing the image much too small.
Double check the crop tool and image size settings -- verify that you are resizing to what you want, and not something like 4 pixels across...
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Prior to receiving your reply, I started playing around and noticed that when I entered my reduction numbers, I was, as you suspected, using the pixel boxes rather than the inches boxes.

I have reduced about a million pictures and never did that before!

I was hurrying to let you know, but you beat me to it.

All I can say in my defense is brain fart and/or being 67. I am hideously embarrassed (and thinking of going for an Alzheimer's check!)

Thanks, Chris for being on top of this. (Shrinks off into sunset...)
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You're not the first, nor the last, to make that sort of mistake.

The other most common ones are setting the resolution to 1 dpi and getting 8 x 10 pixel images, or setting the resolution to 8000 and being told that you're out of scratch disk space (because the result would be HUGE).
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Thanks again, Chris.