How to Resize Pictures Without Losing Quality

By Dustin Thornton

When you resize an image you may lose quality, giving your picture a fuzzy appearance. This is due to a decrease in pixels when you shrink an image or an increase in pixels when you enlarge an image. You can use one of several programs, some that are free and others for purchase, to resize an image while maintaining its original quality.

Photoshop

Step 1

Open an image in Photoshop CS.

Step 2

Click on "Image" in the "File" menu and select "Image Size." A new menu will appear.

Step 3

Click on "Resample Image" and select "Bicubic Sharper" (if you want to shrink the image) or "Bicubic Smoother" (if you want to enlarge the image) from the "Resample Image" drop-down menu.

Step 4

Enter the new width and height dimensions into the "Width" and "Height" fields and click "OK."

Vector Magic

Step 1

Visit the Vector Magic page and click on the "Upload Image to Trace" orange button. A file upload dialog box will appear.

Step 2

Navigate to the location of the picture you want to resize, highlight it and click "Open." Allow the image to load.

Step 3

Click on the "Desired Quality" button in the right pane, select a color palette (if desired) and then click "Download Result."

Step 4

Specify a file name and location. Then save the file to your computer.

ReShade

Step 1

Visit the ReShade webpage in your browser and select "C:\" as the location from which to upload your image. Note that you can also select to upload your image from an "http://" address.

Step 2

Click "Browse" and navigate to the location of the picture you want to resize. Highlight the picture and click "Open." Click "Submit."

Step 3

Select the desired image size from the drop-down box on the left. Place a check mark next to "Stretch" if you want the height and width aspects to stretch to fit the new image size.

Step 4

Place a check mark next to "Denoise" if the picture is poor quality or is exceptionally grainy.

Step 5

If your image is a drawing, place a check mark next to "Smooth" to smooth rough edges.

Step 6

Click "Resize It" and wait while the program resizes the image.

Step 7

Right-click the new image and click "Save Image As." Specify a file name and a file location and click "Save."