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Resizing Image without stretching

Greetings,

I run into this problem quite frequently: I'm given an image to use in a web page but the image dimensions do not match the dimensions of the area where I need to place it.  

If I resize the image in PS constraining proportions so the image does not distort (e.g. stretch or flatten), I can only ever reset one dimension (height or width) to the correct size while the remaining dimension will always reset either larger or smaller than what I need.

Short of going back to the person who gave me this image and asking for them to redo it with the necessary dimensions, is there a way I can do this myself using Photoshop or Fireworks?  

Also, is there a particular name for what I'm trying to achieve?  By that I mean I don't think this is simply resizing an image since I am really trying to fundamentally alter the original proportions of it in a different sense ... at least that's how it seems to me.
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JayDiabloCommented:
If you want to maintain the look of the image (don't want to smush it or stretch it), I think the only option you have is to make one of the dimensions (height or width) match your final output size, and make sure the other dimension is too big for your final output size, and then crop off the excess.

I really think you only have two options here.  Crop the image to match the dimensions (this will retain the look of the image, no stretching, but you'll lose some of the image that is outside your crop boundary), or resize the image to the dimensions (this will result in stretching the image, but you won't lose any of the image like you do with a crop).
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max7Author Commented:
>>> Crop the image to match the dimensions (this will retain the look of the image, no stretching

Why didn't I think of that?  Thanks!
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