How to De-Pixelate an Image

When an image is shown at a size that is larger than it was originally intended it may look pixelated. Sometimes this is done on purpose for effect. If you zoom into a photo too much you'll notice that the closer you get, the bigger the pixels appear. If you get too close, the pixels will be so large that the image may be unrecognizable. If you have an image that is pixelated you can either re-size the image or smooth it out.

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Resize Your Image

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Open the image in your image editing software.

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Click "Image, then "Image Size."

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Select "Percentage," next to Width and Height and lower the percentage from 100% to your desired size. For instance, if you want to cut the image size in half, set the percentage to 50%.

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Save your image by clicking "File," then "Save," or pressing "CTRL" and "S" on your keyboard.

Blur Your Image

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Open the image in your image editing software.

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Click on "Filter," and select "Blur."

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Choose the amount of blur you'd like. Start with a small amount and keep adding blur until you've reached your desired effect. Each time you blur you will notice the image get smoother and the pixels getting smaller.

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Save your image by clicking "File," then "Save," or pressing "CTRL" and "S" on your keyboard.

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