If it's so easy to enlarge pictures, why do I say it can't be done?
When I say it can't be done, what I really mean is it usually can't be done to anyone's satisfaction.
If it could been done without distortion, I would do it free. Cause, like I say, it's very easy to enlarge pictures.
But, as the pictures below demonstrate, it can't be done to most people's satisfaction.
Digital pictures distort progressively more as they're enlarged
If you look at the two pictures on the left below, you'll notice that Gina Ryder's picture is clearer and sharper than Erica Eleniak's picture. Yet, the Erica picture, when doubled in size, seems to distort less than Gina's picture. The distortion probably isn't as noticeable because of it's original poor quality.
How much a picture will distort when resized is anyone's guess until it's actually done. It's clear to see, irregardless of their original sharpness, pictures become blurry and blotches are quite noticeable when pictures are enlarged. This becomes very evident when they are doubled in size. The blurriness and blotches become progressively worse as the picture is enlarged. Unfortunately, there isn't anything anyone can do to prevent this.
On the other hand, digital pictures do not distort as much when resized smaller. In fact the distortion isn't usually noticeable when a picture is resized smaller until it is shrunk to around thumbnail size.
Continued below the pictures...
|Gina Ryder 150 x 200 pic||Gina Ryder 300 x 400 doubled in size pic|
Do these eyes look familiar? I used Gina's eyes to create the winking eye above the navigation links on the other pages of this Website.
|Erica Eleniak 150 x 200 facial pic||Erica Eleniak 300 x 400 doubled in size pic|
Digital pictures have to be very large to make large prints
The 300 x 400 pixel pictures on the right above are sized to make 1 ¼ x 2 ¼ inch prints. If we wanted to make 8 x 10 inch prints, the 150 x 200 original pictures would have to be at least 1440 x 1800 pixels or 9 times larger. The distortion would be like that of the cropped face of Gina Ryder's pic below after the original picture was enlarged that much.
This demonstrates why I say it can't be done when people ask me to enlarge small pictures so they'll make large prints. As the above shows, just doubling a picture in size usually distorts it too much to make a high quality print.
Click here to use my free print size calculator to determine how big of prints your digital pictures will make.
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