How to Create a 24 X 36 Poster in Photoshop Elements

by Julie Battern

Most photo developing stores offer large-size prints, making it possible for everyone to print their own photo-quality images. Before printing however, an image must be properly prepared. Creating a poster requires that most images be resized and saved in the right resolution. This can be accomplished with some basic knowledge of image dimensions and resolution and a few simple steps to set them properly.

Creating a 24 X 36 Inch Poster in Photoshop Elements


Choose "File > Open" or “Control + O” and browse for the image you want to make into a poster.


Identify the present dimensions of the image. This is found on the bottom of your image’s workspace. There you will see a percent number which tells you what percentage of the entire image is appearing in your workspace. Next to that is a drop-down box that shows various information about your image. If the dimensions are not shown, open the drop-down box and check "Document Dimensions." You will now see the size of your image and its present resolution. A 24- x 36-inch poster needs to have a resolution of at least 240, though 300 will result in a better quality printed picture. If your image is this size, you’re ready to send it to the printer.


Resize your image by choosing "Image > Resize > Image Size" or by clicking “Control + Alt + I.” In the dialogue box you will see two boxes--Pixel Dimensions and Document Size. Pixel Dimensions are normally adjusted for computer images, while Document Size is adjusted for print images. In the drop-down boxes on the right side of the Document Size box there are a number of options for measuring the image size. Choose "Inches." Set the width to 24 inches and the height to 36. Don’t click "OK" yet.


Adjust the resolution of your image. If the resolution is less than 240, you will need to resample your image. In the drop-down box next to "Resample Image" (make sure it is checked), choose "Bicubic Smooth." Set your resolution at 300 and click "OK."


Choose "File > Save As." In dialogue box name your image and choose JPEG as the file type. Click "OK." You are now ready to print your picture.

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Julie Battern started writing educational articles for eHow in 2009 on topics such as bullying and assistive technology for children with cerebral palsy. She has a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and special education from Buena Vista College and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in special education and consultation from the University of Northern Iowa.

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