How to Enlarge a Picture Without the Image Getting Pixelated

By Sophia Sola

The eye is drawn to images before text -- and that goes for pixelated images as well. If a document or website you are working on features a pixelated image, it will give an unprofessional first impression of your work. Whether you are creating promotional material, a consultation report, a client website or an academic paper, make sure it rings with authority. A clean, professional-looking document is essential. Adobe Photoshop is a great tool for enlarging pictures of all kinds without the image getting pixelated.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Photoshop

Photos

Step 1

Open the photo you want to enlarge in Photoshop.

Step 2

Click the "Image" menu and select "Image Size."

Step 3

Uncheck the boxes next to "Scale Styles" and "Resample Image," and check the box next to "Constrain Proportions."

Step 4

Using "Document Size" boxes, type in a new width or height for the image. Since you want the image larger, type in a number larger than the one already in the box.

Step 5

If the number next to "Resolution" goes below 300 pixels per inch for images intended for print display or 72 pixels per inch for images intended for screen display, you'll need to make the image smaller again. Adjust the width or height until the resolution size is above 300 or 72 pixels per inch, depending on your display intention.

Simple Images and Logos

Step 1

Open the picture you want to enlarge in Photoshop.

Step 2

Click the "Image" menu and select "Image Size."

Step 3

Check the boxes next to "Constrain Proportions" and "Resample Image," and uncheck the one next to "Scale Styles."

Step 4

Type in the ultimate width or height you'd like the image to be. Also, type in the resolution you want the image to be. To avoid pixelation, select at least 72 pixels per inch for onscreen viewing and at least 300 pixels per inch for printing.

Step 5

Under the Filter menu, select "Artistic" and then "Cutout."

Step 6

Adjust the variables for the "Cutout" filter until the new image looks close to the original.

Tips & Warnings

  • Online vector conversion programs such as Vector Magic can help you smooth pixelated images, but they cost money after your free samples are used up. Adobe Illustrator can also help you convert an image to vectors.
  • Some images are too small to look good large and won't respond well to the "Cutout" filter. In this case, it's better to choose another image, have an artist redraw the image or include the image but in its original, small size.
  • Allowing for lots of white space around an image can help it stand out, even when it's smaller than you'd like.
  • Always save the new image under a different name than the original so you can start over if you need to.