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I want to copy and paste one picture into another one using Gimp.

I have a picture with 200x200 pixels and 72dpi. The 72dpi are not enough to print the image in the size specified in its header. Therefore, I want to reduce it to half its printing size, but keep the 200x200 pixels to get to a 144dpi resolution.

Since the picture I'm pasting has rather low quality, I want to reduce its size within the other picture and at the same time increase the resolution (that is, keep the number of pixels constant).

However, the only option I found was the Print Size function, which does not seem to affect the size of the pasted image relative to the picture it is pasted into.

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After pasting the picture, you'll see that a new layer will be formed named "Floating Selection" Right click on it and then click on "New Layer".

Now it has become a layer. Again right click on that layer name and select "Scale Layer". Now you can scale this layer relative to the main Picture.

Lemme know if your problem is not solved. :)

  • Thanks for your reply. While this method does allow to scale the number of pixels, I was wondering if I could keep the number of pixels but reduce the print size in order to enhance the resolution? – Martin Jul 21 '13 at 7:08
  • To make my question clearer, let me give an example: I have a picture with 200x200 pixels and 72dpi. The 72dpi are not enough to print the image in the size specified in its header. Therefore, I want to reduce it to half its printing size, but keep the 200x200 pixels to get to a 144dpi resolution. Does that make sense? – Martin Jul 21 '13 at 8:23
  • I'm afraid we cannot do this, its actually improving the quality of an image. One can scale down the quality but scaling up...? I'm sorry. – Ravi Ojha Jul 22 '13 at 8:31
  • Well, I understand you cannot add information, but you can keep all the information (pixels) and reduce the size? – Martin Jul 22 '13 at 9:12
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ez. Image -> Scale Image -> Quality Interpolation = off -> change dpi from 72 to 144. glhf.

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    Welcome! What do you mean with "ez" and "glhf"? Please explain better what you mean and this can solve the given issue ... – Mensch Aug 24 at 23:15
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The Image -> Print Size dialog is the right choice - but you have to be aware that the PPI value of the image you are pasting into matters, not the value of the image you are pasting.

  • Print Size has its limitations, in fact you can't see the actual result on screen and if you print the image the only available formats are: PDF Postscript and SVG – Miracles Happen Dec 16 '18 at 9:56

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