Resizing images larger

So we've all been there. We have a small image that we love, but if we try to change the size it's fuzzy and pixelated. We talked about the difference between screen resolution and print resolution earlier this week, so now we'll talk a little about boosting the size of your digital images so that you can print them in a larger size acceptably. I have a not-so-quick trick I learned awhile back that seems to work really well. It does take a little patience, though. There are some really great interpolation programs out there that promise to boost the size of your pictures to poster size, and if you want to pick one up, more power to you. Some of them are quite impressive. If , however, you've already invested in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you can boost the size of your digital images with a little patience by going to Image>Resize>Image Size. Then when you see the setting in the dialog box that has the size of the image in either percentage, inches, pixels, etc., change it to 110% (that's percent, take it off inches or pixels) and check 'resample image'. That's right. You're going to boost the size of your image 10% at a time, instead of all at once. With those small increments you will not get the artifacts, ghosting, and loss of detail that you would otherwise. I'll include this picture as an example that I made quite a bit bigger using this method (before shrinking it back down to 72dpi), and you can see how clear it is. Remember, every time you open a JPeg in an editing program you lose information, as Jpegs are a 'lossy' program. Every time you change anything, you will lose more information, even if it's to rotate the image. If you're going to be opening and closing your image a lot, change it to a non-lossy larger file type, like tiff or psd. If not, over time you will notice your images degrading more and more, and getting fuzzier and fuzzier. Remember, have fun, and keep shooting! 🙂