How to Upscale an Image in Photoshop


Are you looking to upscale an image without losing the details? If so, you can enlarge an image by using Photoshop. It is one of the most preferred software that many people use to edit photographs. Although upscaling can be done the right way using this software, you may have to compromise a bit of quality sometimes. So, how to upscale an image in Photoshop? Continue reading the post to learn about the same in easy steps.


Is it possible to upscale an image in Photoshop?

With advancements in technology, even Photoshop has evolved over time. This is evident when it comes to upscaling an image. In older versions, it was recommended to keep the upscaling size a little bit more from the original image. Or else, the overall quality of the image could be compromised.

However, the upscaling capabilities in Photoshop are outstanding. With new features, even a low-resolution image could appear more detailed and sharper. When it comes to upscaling an image in Photoshop, it adds new pixels depending on the nearest pixels of the image.

Hence, the new pixels will have the same color values that are found on the neighboring pixels. The interpolation method that you choose will have an impact on the upscaled image. Let’s discuss the four methods used in Photoshop to upscale images.

  • Nearest Neighbor – It’s the least accurate and fastest method to upscale an image. It will replicate the original pixels in the image. As such, there will not be interpolation. You can use this method to upscale images that don’t demand extreme detail on the final edited image. One perfect example is the logo.
  • Bilinear – It’s another normal Interpolation method that tries to tone down the colors of the nearest pixels while assigning a new value to the color along with a new pixel. Most people use this method to get images that don’t require much detail.
  • Bicubic – While the above two methods are considered average, the Bicubic is the most complex method. It involves sixteen surrounding pixels while creating an accurate representation of the colors that you get on the new pixels. If you are looking for a more detailed image, such as photographs, you should choose this option.
  • Bicubic Sharper – This method is almost the same as the previous one. However, the Bicubic Sharper helps you preserve the sharp edges of the images unlike the other methods mentioned above. If you want to upscale a good-quality image that has a line art or text line, this is the right option for you.


How to upscale the image the right way

Follow the steps discussed below and you are good to go.

  • Open Photoshop, choose the image, go to Image, and finally select Image Size.
  • When the Image Size box expands, check if the option ??Resample’ is enabled. Next, choose the interpolation method that you find on the drop-down options.
  • Enter the height and width you need in pixels. Adjust the resolution as well. After that, click OK. That will give you an upscaled image.



Keep in mind that you can upscale an image to an extent before it begins to lose detail and appear blurry. Therefore, try using a high-resolution image to upscale.

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