In this post, I am going to share with you the method of how to resize and make images larger without losing quality.
How to Resize and Make Images Larger without Losing Quality
Have you ever tried to resize an image to make it larger?
If you have done this, you may see that it results in loss of quality of the picture. It also makes the enlarged image blurry and unprofessional.
People usually ask that if it is possible to resize a small image and make it larger without losing quality.
In this post, I shall show you how to resize images to make them larger without losing quality.
Why Images Lose Quality When Enlarged?
Bitmap is the most common image format that people use on the web. All of your PNG and JPEG files are bitmap image files. A bitmap image consists of thousands of pixels. If you zoom in, you will be able to see those pixels like squares.
Each of these pixels is mapped to a fixed location on the image, hence the name Bitmap.
Most of the editing softwares enlarge or shrink these pixels to resize an image. Therefore, when you resize an image to a smaller size, you will not observe a visible quality loss. It is because those pixels become even less visible.
On the other hand, when you resize an image in order to make it large, these enlarged pixels will become more visible that makes the image blurry and pixelated. Like this:
What’s The Solution?
So, to get the solution, you need to compensate for each enlarged pixel. It will match the properties of every nearest pixel. This method is known as Fractal Interpolation or simply Fractals. It gives a much better result when the image is enlarged by using this technique.
Here is the method to use in most common image editing software.
Method 1: Using Perfect Resize with Adobe Photoshop
Perfect Resize is a software which enables you to resize your images in a proper and perfect way. It is available as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop as well as a standalone software.
The premium version which has plugin for Adobe Photoshop costs 150$ and the regular version is available in 50$. You can also get access to both versions for free 30 days trial. If you resize images on a regular basis or daily basis, we suggest you use Perfect Resize. It is costly but it is the best way to enlarge images.
Note: we are not affiliated with Perfect Resize in any way. We are just really happy after using this product.
After the installation of software, open the image file which you want to resize in photoshop. Go to File > Automate and select Perfect Resize.
It will open the image in Perfect Size application. You can select a preset from the left hand menu or enter your desired size in document size.
After entering the document size, you have to go to File > Apply to save the changes and apply them to file in Adobe Photoshop.
Now you can export his file by storing it as a web image.
That ‘s it. You have resized an image and it will look much better now as compared to the normal resize.
Method 2: Using Free Software Gimp
Gimp is an alternative to Adobe Photoshop and it is free of cost. One can use it to enlarge images with the minimum quality loss. But you need to know that it cannot give you the quality like Perfect Resize.
How to make small images larger without losing quality using Gimp.
Select and open an image which you want to resize in Gimp.
Go to Image > Scale Image.
Enter your desired dimensions.
Under the quality section select Sinc (Lanczos3) as Interpolation method and press the scale image button.
That’s it. You can export this image for the web now. Here is an example for you to compare. The image on the left side was resized using Bicubic resampling in Photoshop. The image on the right was resized using Sinc (Lanczos3) as interpolation method. You will see there is a slight difference in both images.
Method 3: Enlarge Images Using Irfanview
Irfanview is a compact photo editing program. It is only available for operating systems that are Windows Based. Irfanview gives a smarter way to resize images and make them larger.
Open your image in Irfanview and go to Image > Resize/Resample.
It will bring up image resize popup window. Firstly, you have to enter your desired image size in set image size option. Now you need to choose resample under the size method. Choose Lanczos (slowest) from the filter drop down menu. Lastly, check the box to “Apply Sharpen After Resample”
Irfanview will now resize the image that you can save to your computer to use it.
As everyone knows that free tools are not good for jobs you want to take from them. Whether you use them for resizing an image to make it larger. However, you can adjust the image contrast and sharpness to enlarge and minimize the quality loss in the process.
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