4. Increase memory on your computer.
Computer memory is relatively inexpensive these days and will make your computer run faster anyway. This is very important for photo enlargement purposes.
Photo enlargement is not like any other computer operation. It can be extremely memory consuming as the computer must hold:
- the image itself plus …
- the photo enlargement program, and …
- the completed photo enlargement …
… all in memory at the same time. If the beginning or original image is at all sizeable, as it should be if you’ve made sure to choose a high-resolution image in a non-lossy format, memory quickly becomes a consideration to successfully enlarge an image. Make sure your computer has as much memory as possible.
5. Sharpen image, even if not enlarging.
Every digital image can be improved by employing the software version of sharpening procedures photographers have been using for decades. A procedure called “unsharp mask,” and most photo editing software has this ability. This procedure will make any photo sharper.
The simplest explanation of the unsharp mask sharpening procedure is to copy the image you want to sharpen, make the copy slightly more blurry then blend the two back together. This produces what looks like the faint ghost of the original image and is then used as a filter or “mask” over the original image to make it sharper. Click here for the simplest definition of how to use unsharp mask settings.
6. Use software for photo enlargement.
Use software for photo enlargement. There are many programs available that edit photographs that range in price from free and online offerings to relatively expensive. Even the most expensive photo software programs have limitations regarding photo enlargement. Photo enlargement in Photoshop, for example, provides rather crude and simple methods for enlargement. This is because Photoshop and other photo editing programs are for just that, editing. Photo enlargement is not editing, it is an operation performed on an entire image and does not change the content of the image. Read more about Photoshop photo enlargement.