Improve The Quality Of Enlarged Images With These Photoshop Tips

You can never enlarge an image without losing quality, but there are a few things you can do to keep it looking a bit less blurry. The How-To Geek shows us how.

The How-To Geek goes through three tips in Photoshop, but most should work in the GIMP too. Basically, you can do three things to keep enlarged photos sharp:

  • Enlarge them using the "Bicubic Smoother" anti-aliasing. If you're using GIMP, use "Cubic".
  • Change the colour mode to "Lab Color" and use Photoshop's "Smart Sharpen" feature, or a slightly more manual sharpening method in the GIMP.
  • When enlarging typography, use the "Nearest Neighbor" setting, Gaussian Blur the entire thing, then use a Threshold adjustment layer to sharpen out the edges.

Of course, this won't be perfect, and it won't actually bring back the quality of the original, downsized image. However, it can take a very blurry image and make it passable, or make a slightly resized image look OK. Hit the link for the full how-to.

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    To benefit on these it's great to record an automated action in Photoshop
    (if you have it) so you won't have to repeat the steps.
    A great way of not losing too much quality on up sizing is by using the percentages. Go to image, image size, and when you get that window change the word 'pixels' into 'percent' from the drop down menu. Now using the Bicubic smoother, scale your picture up by 1%. (so from 100 to 101%).
    You will not notice an increase or loss of quality at all. Turn off your recording and rename it to something like 'upsize image 1% or something)
    Then click on the action 20x to for instance upscale your photo by 20%.
    Quality loss is minimal because you only upsize from your original 1% at a time.

    Then of course use either smart sharpen or unsharp mask to fix sharpness and smoothness.

      >Quality loss is minimal because you only upsize from your original 1% at a time.

      You must be kidding, right? The loss of quality is actually much, much more prominent this way.
      Just compare side by side the result of your 'method' and one from the simple one step scaling up.

    Try using Benvista Photozoom Pro along with MWSnap - awsome combination :)

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