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The Fun Extras - Set Two

25. Text and Resizing Layouts (link to comment)

This lesson is an important lesson, especially for those who scrap in 12 x 12 and print in 8 x 8.  Regardless, I find myself remember this important lesson on resizing layouts often when scrapping, more often than I thought I might us it.  I hope it is the same for you.

I have never had an interest in this topic as I have always created in either 8 1/2 x 11 or 8 x 8, the original size that I also print in.

However, I have had students at my local class ask me why the majority of the people create in 12 x 12 and print in 8 x 8. The only answer I could give was that future generations may want to print the layouts in 12 x 12 (although you do not) and you can always downsize, but not upsize.

I did learn that you must use 18 point (Arial) text in a 12 x 12 layout to have it resize down as a 12 point text font for an 8 x 8 layout. This has certainly changed my opinion even more against creating in one size and resizing down. 

1. Resizing down does make the text smaller--possibly too small to be readable. 

2. Smaller layouts utilize less hard drive space.

I also learned that you do not even need to print sample pages, as I have done in this graphic, to see the changes.

Try it. Create a 12 x 12 page with 12 pt Arial text. Resize the layout to 8 x 8 and observe the new point size of the font text already on your page.