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How to Resize your images in Photoshop without losing quality

We know that feeling of seeing our architectural image in very poor quality when presenting our projects, we might have thought, ok this will be just copy paste and resize with ctrl+t..hmm no, not really. But do not worry! We got you, this is a very simple step you won’t be missing next time you resize an image.

Step 1 Import the image you want to resize without compromising its quality into Photoshop

Step 2 Before making any changes, make sure you have the Preserve Details 2.0 enabled. Go to Edit > Preferences > Technology Previews.

Preserve Details 2.0 is the artificial intelligence that Adobe uses to preserve important details and textures so when you are resizing your image, it won’t look distorted.

Step 3 Go to Image > Image size, to either reduce or enlarge your image. 

Step 4 Before clicking on anything, make sure you have the resample box selected. In here you will see the Interpolation Methods, this meaning, Photoshop has to do some equations to find out how it will recreate the pixels when you are resampling an image.

Choose interpolation method you desire according to what you will do with your image. 

Step 5 We are going to enlarge our image by its percent, you can also change the size of your image with any of the following options:

  • Pixels
  • Inches
  • Centimeters
  • Milimiters
  • Points
  • Picas
  • Columns

Step 6 It doesn’t matter which one you chose, you can now type in the numbers according to your desired size. We want to enlarge this image by 400%

Make sure that in the preview image you have it zoomed in at 100% to look at its real size.

Step 7 Before clicking OK, lets make sure you have the correct interpolation method selected. If you want to reduce your image, you might want to choose the Bicubic Sharper. 

Here since we want to make the image bigger without loosing its quality, we choose the Preserve Details 2.0 option, as this will help maintaining its details and textures to avoid distortion.

Bonus step to leave your image like it was and to avoid it looking like a painting or just not real, look at the noise reduction. Choose the percent you want according to what you are working with. In this case, we chose 0% to have noise in our image. 

Here you can clearly see that the quality in the left image was compromised when I tried to enlarge it to fit, while the one in the right side, since I chose the size that I wanted.

Did you know about this method?

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