Resizing an image to higher quality

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  1. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    Hi all, I know this is hard, but a recent MacWorld article made it seem like it's seem to resize images to higher resolutions, but I know that's not always the case. Anyway, I wanted to resize the attached considerably bigger, like about 10 inches high, and was wondering if Photoshop, or anything else, could resize it better than Bicubic Smoother. Cheers.
     

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  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    No, that's asking far too much, Best thing to do is to take it into Illustrator and draw over it. Or use some dirty tricks — which aren't ideal — to get it to look like this:
     

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  3. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

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    BV speaks wisdom. The image is simple enough for a straight trace in Illustrator, and they you can scale it up and down to your heart's content ...

    Cheers!

    Jim
     
  4. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    I'd be happy to knock it up in Illy for you but unfortunately it is such low res that there is not enough form to trace.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

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    Use your imagination, man! I have to say, in the past I've recreated fuzzier artwork in Illustrator ...*

    Or, alternatively, find a lady with nice legs and a pair of high heels to strike the appropriate pose and draw from life ... :)

    Cheers

    Jim

    *Ahh ... the designer's bane. Being handed an ancient floppy with the words logo.gif written on the slightly furry paper label.
     
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    :D

    Although logo.doc is just as terrifying...
     
  7. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    Aye there's the rub. I like tracing stuff, I do it for fun. I find it relaxing, I have my front pen rocker set to 'option' and the back rocker set to 'cmd' so I just zone out and trace, it's like a meditation. I correct as I draw.

    BUT, if I need to use my imagination, then I have to think, and if I have to think then I can't do it for free.
     
  8. Black&Tan macrumors 6502a

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    I realize I'm a bit late for the party, but you could also make a selection of the legs, save it as a path, and copy the path, finally pasting it into Illustrator. It won't be as nice as redrawing it, but down and dirty, it should work.
     
  9. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    Wouldn't work with this, the definition is just not there.
     
  10. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    Saving a selection as a path in PS will produce a path that follows the pixels rather than smooth curves.
    Redrawing the outline in Illustrator is the most productive way to do this.
    This shape is simple enough that it shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to do.
     
  11. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

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    <shudder>

    The absolute worst pain in the @rse job in years was a 64 page brochure that arrived on a disk marked Brochure.xls ...

    Yep, 64 Excel worksheets, 1 per page. No standard page size, loads of embedded images, everyone of them in some proprietary format exported from a CAD package. In RGB, of course.

    The client was appalled when we told him there would be an artwork charge ... "But ... but we've done it all for you!" he protested.

    Yah. Right.

    Cheers!

    Jim
     
  12. designingdani macrumors newbie

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    is it so small that you couldn't do a live-trace or live-paint in illustrator?
     
  13. B&Wtoon macrumors regular

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    "But ... but we've done it all for you!" he protested.

    yep heard that heart sinking quote before!

    and another one... when you think you can have one for your portfolio, you ask if they want any professional photography for there brochure, etc....

    “no need, we have a DIGITAL camera of our own”.

    and you know that whatever happens, kak will be the outcome and they will think it’s the bees knees, and your reputation – SOILED.
     
  14. iGav macrumors G3

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    You need to go analogue. Kind of.

    Open it in Photoshop at its native resolution (100%) select Full Screen Mode and darken your room as much as possible.

    Take a digital camera and at the absolute highest resolution possible take a picture of the screen.

    Import the photo, and open it up in Photoshop.

    And you'll have a near perfect image, at a much higher resolution. With no jaggies either, because you took the picture at its native resolution so doing a mask is a piece of pee.

    Kids today. ;)
     
  15. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Damn. I wouldn't have thought of that. :)
     
  16. Mr_Brightside_@ thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thank you all very much, especially Blue Velvet (I'm still not allowed to watch that movie...). Hello, custom made t-shirts!
     
  17. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

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    We're not worthy!

    Seriously!

    Cheers

    Jim
     

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