Photoshop Elements: Why was my image size shrunk after editing and saving as JPEG?

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Downsizing of image after editing: My jpg image downloaded from a Nikon D80 was 3872x2892, but after editing in elements 10 it became only 800x400 in psd and when saved again in jpg. What happened? (Image was only slightly cropped -- 5%)
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Elements doesn't automatically shrink documents -- you have to choose to resize the image.

How are you checking the size? That almost sounds like the size of a preview instead of the size of the full document.
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I was getting ready to send the photo out to print and so I saved it as a JPEG file when leaving Elements Editor. I checked the final JPEG image size in Windows Explorer and it showed 800x494 (the 400 above is an error on my part). That seemed too small so I checked Properties in Elements Organizer and saw the same thing for the edited psd image. (Organizer also showed 3872x2892 for the original download from the camera which I had saved separately and duplicated before the edit.)
At this point I queried image size in Help and learned of the "Resize" tool under "Image" in the Editor. I went there for the first time and found the same image size of 800x494.
This photo is from a set of 6 images of 2 people taken at the same time. I now notice that the small images are all ones that I edited to replace one person's face with a better expression from another photo in the set. Could this have done something to the size?

Thanks for the help.
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How did you do the face replacement? It sounds like that step did resize your photos.
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I did the face replacement in "Guided Edit" using "photomerge faces" -- first using the alignment tool and then the pencil tool. The results looked fine and had good detail even when displayed on at a size that filled my laptop's screen.
I have the original and the edited version with all layers so I'll take some time this weekend to go through the layers and see if I can determine when and how the resizing took place.
Someone suggested the "undo History" function but I'll have to read up on how that works.
Thanks for the help.
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hello Putputt,

As you said After editing you have images in the layers form, not in jpeg. So when you save it will open a diaog fo save as intead of save ,after it you will be selecting JPEG instead of psd . now it will be opened a JPEG option dialog box here you have to choose image quality option.Telll me what you were choosing ?
if you have chosen not 12 it willl surely do some time of resizing to reduce the size of image.
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I think you're right and this must have been what I did without realizing it.
I'm new to elements and so I was poking around all the sub-menus in whatever dialog box I was in just to see what the options are. I think that I must have mistakenly clicked on a smaller image size to save.
I played with it over the weekend and couldn't reproduce the error as I went throught the same editing steps I thought that I had initially used. Must have been an inadvertent click on a drop down menu in the save as dialog box.
Thanks for the help.
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You are most welcome.