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Do you have a problem with your photos when you enlarge them?

Posted by on March 26, 2014

Do you have a problem with your photos when you enlarge them? Do they appear fuzzy and out of focus? No doubt you have run into this from time to time. But what do you do when you need to enlarge your photo for a full page (12×12) photo or when you change the dpi and the photo becomes to small to be usable?

When I attended a Photoshop seminar many moons ago, I was told that you can actually enlarge a photo but only do so in 10% increments. i.e. take a:

The photo is 3.986×6.653″ at 72 dpi(original)

Do you have a problem with your photos when you enlarge them?

Do you have a problem with your photos when you enlarge them?

To use it on my layout I would need to resize to 100% at 300 dpi makes the photo considerable smaller at .957″x1.597″

Resized to 300 dpi at 100% reduces print size to .957x1.597"

Resized to 300 dpi at 100% reduces print size to .957×1.597″

But in order to make it large enough to use I would need to open the resize dialogue box change the pixel dimensions to percent 110. As you can see the new photo size will be 1.052×1.756″. (Just make sure your Resampling is set to Bicubic. To see it better just right click on photo and open in new window or tab. To learn more on Bicubic resampling in PSP take a look at About.com

Dialogue box shows new size when enlarging by 110%

Dialogue box shows new size when enlarging by 110%

I would suggest that you only do this a maximun of 5x as the photo will start looking fuzzy the more you enlarge it. The image below shows how Suzaan looks after increasing her five times (1.543×2.573″). And after adding unsharp mask which can help bring her back into focus.

Increasing at 110% 5 times and adding unsharp mask

Increasing at 110% 5 times and adding unsharp mask

Ten times with unsharp mask (2.487×4.143″). At this point adding the unsharp mask helps some, but not much.

Increased 10x at 110% with unsharp mask

Increased 10x at 110% with unsharp mask

If the photo you want to use cannot be enlarged by this method for a sharp, clean photo, then I suggest you enlarge it to the size you need and use a blending mode on it when you place it on your page. As in this case where I used two blending modes: Burn and Luminance. This technique also works well with out of focus pictures that you really want to use. Check out wikiHow for more blending tips.

Using Blending modes

Using Blending modes

Can you think of other ways you can use the resize and blend modes?

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