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I've got an image that is 300 pixels/inch.  I need to insert another image  (72 pixels/inch) into it.  When I do so, the inserted image is a bit too small.  So, I'll have to resize it a bit larger.  Is it better to resize the 72 resolution first, then insert it in the 300?  Or insert it first, then resize?  Or does it not matter?
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Better to resize in its original layer then move it over to the new picture
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It doesn't matter where you resize it. However, WHEN you resize it you will lose quality in a HUGE way. That is a drawback to resizing raster images and there is no way around it.
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Weed is correct as the Photoshop algorithm for resizing is the same no matter where it is applied. As the images are for web use you are best to down sample your 300dpi image to 72dpi anyway. Perhaps after you do this you will find that you do not need to resize the other image by the same amount thus retaining a higher quality image.
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By resizing down you are also losing quality, though it's harder to see because there are fewer pixels that look terrible...heh
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I'll give the pts to weed, since he beat you by a few minutes, Neil.  And I think I agree with the answer that it doesn't matter where -- just wanted confirmation.  As for the quality loss, yes, that's unfortunate.  But, given my project, "there is no way around it."  And it is for print, not web -- so I need the 300dpi.  Fortunately, in this case, given the type of image and the size in proportion to the overall image, the degradation to the 72dpi image that I need to insert and resize will not be noticeable.
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