I would like to scale an image file for each dimension differently for example 50% of the x dimension or 25% of the y dimension. Thank you very much.

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    Hi and welcome to TeX.SX! Do you mean \scalebox{0.5}[0.25]{\includegraphics{file}} or \includegraphics{width=4cm, height=2cm]{file} or alike? – yo' Oct 20 '15 at 21:17
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There are several ways to go about this.

In the graphicx package you can specify:

\includegraphics[width=<dim>,height=<dim>]{<file name>}

You can also use

\scalebox{<horizontal scale factor>}[<vertical scale factor>]{\includegraphics{<file name>}}

Also there's

\resizebox{<horizontal dimension>}{<vertical dimension>}{\includegraphics{<file name>}}
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