I’m going to cover a few topics in this tutorial that a lot of people don’t know about. the best way to resize an image in Photoshop while maintaining quality. This is what I’m going to talk about.

For beginners who just want to do it, here are some easy steps on how to resize photographs.
Resolution – what is it? for others who might not fully understand.
I’ll then delve a little more into interpolation for those looking to acquire the best quality upscaling or downscaling of photographs.
Then, to assist you quickly acquire the greatest results, I’ll share with you a few Photoshop resizing tips and tricks.
Although I am using Photoshop CC, the fundamentals are the same for all versions of Photoshop, with the exception of CC’s slightly updated resize dialogue box and settings. Don’t forget to watch the movie for a thorough walkthrough and check out the written information below for extra information or on certain subjects.

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I started by making a test image. This includes an image so you can examine the outcomes on various sorts of photos, as well as thin lines, thicker text, thin curved lines, gradients, and fine lines. Take a look at the image right here to put it to the test. (Right click and save the picture below).

Resizing a photograph is pretty simple. the Image>Image Size menu.

This dialogue box will appear.

Ensure that resample is activated.
If you want the width and height to vary at the same time, turn on the chain link. If not, deactivate the chain so that you can adjust the width and height to your liking.
Select your new size by clicking on “inches”; you can change the measurement units.
click “OK”
You don’t need to do anything else to resize your photographs. If you’re ready for that information, keep reading for more information on how to achieve the best results.

The resolution is what you see on the screen or in print, without unduly complicating things. You can distinguish between ink dots in print and light pixels on screens. This is the origin of the phrases PPI (pixels per inch) and DPI (dots per inch). If you want to oversimplify, you could think of them as being the same thing, except dots are used for print, and pixels are used for digital displays. Although it is erroneous, many people mistakenly refer to screen DPI; however, now you will understand what they mean. There are two ways to define resolution: PPI and DPI.

You may be familiar with the terms high resolution and low resolution. This refers to the pixel (or dot) density. Greater density equals greater resolution or detail. If the image is too small or the resolution is insufficient, you may notice an obvious softness or even jaggies (also known as pixelization). The image display quality won’t be impacted by excessive resolution; instead, you’ll only end up with an unnecessary huge file. Let’s then identify the ideal solution for your requirements.

This post will demonstrate how to maintain the quality as closely as possible to the original. The calibre of the final photos is one of the key characteristics that distinguishes professionals from novices.

Every screen has a natural resolution, which may be 326 ppi for the iPhone retina or 750 x 1334 for other screens. 326 refers to 326 square pixels that are exactly sized to fit into a display that is 1 square inch in size. However, using total pixels to calculate screen resolution is preferable.

For instance, many HD displays have a 1920 x 1080 pixel display size. 1920×1080.
Ultra HD (4K) is 3840 by 2160 pixels.
An approximate 30 Megapixel (Mega = one million pixels) Canon 5d Mk4 camera is available. 6720 x 4480 pixels (30,105,600 pixels) (67204480).

Commercial printing uses LPI, which stands for lines per inch, or line screen to measure print in dots per inch (DPI). The resolution or level of detail in your print will increase as the number of dots per square inch increases. The standard print resolution is 300 dpi, while some inkjet printers, depending on their specifications, may print better at 360 or 240 dpi. This indicates that there are 300 ink dots per square inch of print. If your image is smaller, it will appear blurry; if it is larger, there is no advantage because a printer can only print at a certain resolution. How can I tell if it is the correct size, then?

Choose Image>Image size in Photoshop.
Disable resampling.
Put your desired resolution in the Resolution field; in this case, 300ppi (PPI is the digital counterpart of DPI if you’re aiming for 300 DPI).
You can now see that a picture with a resolution of 939 x 932 pixels can print at 3.13 x 3.1 inches and still look sharp at 300ppi/300dpi. Choose a larger image or resample the image to scale it up if you need to print it larger.

Enlarging (sampling up) has the drawback of lowering image quality. The more quality you lose, the bigger it gets. The quality loss is less of an issue if you need to scale the image down (reduce), yet you might need to brighten an image if you shrink it too much (more on that later).

If someone requests an image of a specific size, simply responding “at 300dpi” or “46 inches” is insufficient. Sometimes individuals may even go so far as to claim, “300 dpi at 12Mb,” but this doesn’t really assist because file type and file compression all affect how big a picture will actually be. What you need to know is either one of two things:

the total size in pixels. Think 3,000 or 4,000 pixels.
Specify the resolution AND the intended size. 4 x 6 inches at 300 DPI/300 PPI, for instance. (See examples of cropping to a precise size and resolution.)

Photoshop must rebuild the pixels when you adjust the image’s size. Photoshop must understand how to compact pixels and which ones to discard when scaling down. When scaling up, it also has to understand how to make pixels. This method is known as resampling. Even a small pixel scale causes the entire image to be rewritten or resampled. This is why it’s important to start with an image that is the right size. Don’t worry though; Photoshop performs a fantastic job at resampling, and frequently you won’t be able to see the difference in quality.

Photoshop must perform some arithmetic in order to resample in order to know how to replicate pixels. Interpolation (in-terpol-ation) is the term for this type of math. Because different methods of interpolation will produce better outcomes for various sorts of photos, interpolation is crucial. I’ll make an effort to keep this straightforward and non-technical while pointing you in the direction of your best possibilities. In Photoshop, there were originally three different types of interpolation (here is a non-scientific way to look at them).

Consider looking at the closest pixel and matching its colour and tone as the closest neighbour.
Think of bi-linear as looking at the 4 pixels around you and determining the average, and bi-cubic as looking at the 16 pixels around you and determining an average. however, favouring the eight pixels that are nearest.
Generally speaking, bi-cubic is ideal for pictures and simple graphics with gradients, whereas bi-linear is best for line art and simple graphics. But wait, it gets better.

In Photoshop CS3, Adobe adds two more forms of bicubic. They also said

BiCubic Smoother: Removes enlargement-related artefacts.
As a file is reduced, the bicubic sharpener sharpens to restore lost details (see which features were added to different versions of Photoshop in our free superguides).

There are still two choices. Describe them.

When enlarging or shrinking photos, Automatic (Photoshop CS6) selects Bicubic Smoother (CS6) / Preserve Details (CC), and BiCubic Sharpener. Automatic is typically the simplest, but keep reading because it might not always be the best choice.

Step interpolation on stairs
A “secret squirrel handshake” is available to knowledgeable Photoshop users who are “in the know.” Fred Miranda, who discovered the stair step interpolation, is frequently given credit for finding this secret. It works by scaling up or down an image by 10% at a time rather than immediately going to the ultimate amount when enlarging or decreasing it. If you are still utilising interpolation methods from CS6 or before, you will notice a noticeable improvement in the sharpness and overall quality of your images.

Preserve Details, however, yields the same outcome as stair step when tested, therefore I venture a guess that part of that is already included in the most recent algorithm. One of the unsung heroes of Photoshop CC’s initial version was this.


Now that we have reached this point, it would be a good idea for you to open the test image in Photoshop and perform your own tests. I also demonstrate how to use it in the video up top.

Although bi-linear sometimes produces superior results for simple line art, I’ve found that Preserve Details works exceptionally well for many images, especially line art and graphics images. Bi-linear smoother, but softer, can occasionally provide in a more natural-looking (yet less artifactual) result for images. Result can always be sharpened if desired. The outcomes rely on the image’s detail compared to areas with large gradients, like the sky in photographs, as well as how much the image is scaled up. Don’t just select auto, then. To see if you can get better results out of Photoshop, try a few different approaches.


Visit this article I created to learn more about resolution. It provides a clear justification for why labelling an image as 300 DPI, 72 DPI, etc., is meaningless.

Okay, if you are still reading, you are either a little more knowledgeable or eager to learn everything you can. Here are some pointers to bear in mind when scaling photos up or down.

Because this is the only magnification that provides accurate feedback, always view photographs at 100%. There is no other way to determine their genuine quality.
If you want to combine the results, think about scaling the image twice—once for graphics and again for photos.
If you frequently resize photographs to a specific size, use resize presets.
Many photos can be processed in bulk with Image Processor Pro. Choose File > Automate > Image Processor Pro
It’s important to keep in mind that interpolation methods are accessible for Image Processor Pro, Save For Web, export as, and resize.
Look at various third-party plugins, such as Alien Skins Blow up or OnOne’s perfect resize (formerly known as Genuine Fractals), if you need to truly enlarge an image while maintaining quality.
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