Photo rendering with jagged edges

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by sananda, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. sananda macrumors 68020

    May 24, 2007

    i have a question about photo rendering.

    if you look around the edges of the temple in this photo you will see that they are not smooth:

    but after i zoomed in very slightly the edges rendered smoothly as anticipated:

    i don't think it's a photoshop issue as it renders with the jagges edges in preview. i'm using a 17" inch imac (tn panel).

    does anyone have any idea why this might be?

  2. likeavaliant macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2006
    thats to be expected with the amount of zoom you are using.
    19.5% of the photo will not render properly, where 25% will.
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Photoshop does best if the zoom level is 1/n where n is some even power of 2. So that means for critical viewing use 1/1, 1/2, 1/4 or 1/8. In percent this works out to 100%, 50% 25 or 12.5% In these cases Photoshop cansimply show you every n'th pixel in all other cases it must interpolate. Interpolation always cause blur and or noise in the image.

    And if you want to see what is really stored in the file the only way to know is to use 100%. That way a screen pixel equals a file pixel.
  4. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    Bay Area
    Non-fractional (at the decimal level) zoom percentages will result in an accurate representation of the image.

    You'll see the best quality at (I believe already stated but) 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%.
  5. sananda thread starter macrumors 68020

    May 24, 2007

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