Photoshop Resampling

Ok Todd and Tom, this is for you: Information about Resampling in Photoshop.

If you do not have enough pixel data to get the print size and resolution you need, then you’ll have to resample the image and Photoshop will create new pixels. This often results in poorer quality print results, so you need to judge which is the lesser of two evils: the loss in quality from reduced resolution or the loss in quality from resampling.

That’s where Resampling comes in. To cut to the bottom line, “resampling” means “making things up,” or perhaps “guessing.” Granted Photoshop makes educated guesses, but especially when adding pixels to increase resolution, that’s what they are, guesses. If the camera didn’t capture it, or the scanner didn’t scan it, the information to fill in those new pixels has to come from somewhere, even if it is out of thin air. Unlike on TV, crime detectives can’t extract details from film that were never captured in the first place.

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

2 replies on “Photoshop Resampling”

one other trick i learned while resampling, is if you need to scale an image size up, do so in 10% increments until you get to the intended size. In between resampling, you can go in and check the image and adjust sharpness and color in places to make sure photoshop is replicating the correct pixels. It’s tedious, but you’ll wind up with a better looking image in the end.

I second Evan’s method, if it’s done carefully. Sharpen, but don’t oversharpen between up-sizing, or you’ll get artifacts in the image… Sometimes you can’t tell if you sharpened too much until you’ve gone up a few more sizes… 🙁

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