Stop PixelationSo you want to make a large photo from a small one and are concerned about pixel staircasing in the final photo?

Here’s a quick tip for those wishing to enlarge photos using Photoshop. Photoshop incorporates some cool stuff and one of those is a fabulous enlarging engine. The best way to make good use of it is not to enlarge your picture to the finished size in one hit but to do it in increments. A-ha, you say! That’s different! The result is a significantly sharper result with less evidence of staircasing, an apt term for the blocks (pixels) that make up digital photos. (See example)


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First, after using a sharpening filter, increase your image size by ten percent increments until you get to the finished size. I wrote a handy ‘Action’ in PS that contains ten increments of ten percent sharpening to save me writing it in every time. I just press check or uncheck  to play the amount of steps I want active. If I’m too tired to work out how many steps it’ll take, I’ll let them all run and then return to the history file to back a few off it’s too big.

You’re welcome. – Michael Forman (Photographer and Author of SEETHINGS)

SEETHINGS is my new novel about a photographer who, in part, debates photography techniques with his colleague Maxine Sewell. She wants to bed him but he wants nothing of her. She mysteriously winds up dead, hanging from her camera strap in a very public place.

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SEETHINGS novel by Michael Forman (This is real)

Michael has put together a strong, heart beating novel, one which the readers of ‘psychotic thrillers’ will enjoy  – for the faint hearted, leave it alone! – Mike M. Roleystone

The Best Tip to Stop Pixelation in Enlarged Photos! was originally published on MICHAEL FORMAN AUTHOR

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