There are hundreds of different solutions to reduce the size of images but quite a few if you want to zoom in your pictures. Surely, anyone has noticed that, when you reduce the size of a photograph or image, there is no or little loss of quality.
But if you try to zoom in, then you’ll find yourself with a photo that’s all grainy and blurry. Not to mention that the contours are no longer clear.
Enlarging a photo means increasing the resolution. For example, you zoom in as you try to recognize a face that is too small in the original photo or read an illegible text.
This operation is typical in spy movies when you see those computer centers where they recognize the bad guy or the suspect based on a photo. Of course, the secret agents use sophisticated image processing programs.
This can be very useful in everyday situations for photos that have been taken at low resolution using a low-end digital camera or mobile phone. However, average users don’t have access to high-end image processing tools similar to those used in spy movies.
In this post, we’ll take a look at four programs that you can use to enlarge images without losing quality or blurring them. You can also use these tools to change the contrast and refine or highlight the outlines of the images.
Adobe Photoshop (editor's choice)
The Zoom tool is actually one of Adobe Photoshop’s handiest utilities as it is ideal to magnify or reduce the view of an image. Thankfully, it is fairly easy to use..
When you open a photo, it will appear at a specific size. The percentage of zoom will be visible in the upper border of the image inside the program. The tool is always represented with a magnifying glass icon.
You just need to click on the specific area you want to zoom into for maximum clarity or switch the tool’s action between zooming in and zooming out. For even more precision, use the tool to drag and select an entire area where you want to zoom in. No matter which of these actions you take, zooming has no effect over the image size.
In addition to handling this task, Adobe Photoshop is a professional tool which makes it easy to edit images across desktop and iPad. For example, you can crop, remove objects, retouch, or combine photos in the blink of an eye.
Additional features include creating precise selections by drawing a simple rectangle or lasso around an object and intuitively controlling brushes with your finger or Apple Pencil. Even more, your work is always saved to the cloud, so this means that you can reimagine your pictures even while on the go.
Do note that this isn’t a free imaging and graphic design software. Take a closer look to find the plan that’s right for you or go for the free trial version first and later make up your mind.
AI Image Enlarger
AI Image Enlarger is a versatile tool that you can use to upscale your small images without losing quality. This tool is fully compatible with all the Windows versions out there. In other words, if you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, you can safely download and run AI Image Enlarger on your Windows XP/7/8.1 computer.
This software solution lets you convert low definition images to high definition photos super fast. The whole process is pretty simple and straightforward thanks to AI Image Enlarger’s intuitive UI. All you need to do is drag and drop the image you want to enhance, select the image styles and ratios you need and then hit the Submit button.
The tool automatically upscales your image and you can then download it on your computer. It’s as simple as that.
Sharper Scaling is nice program to enlarge images without losing quality. You can use this tool to resize photos up to 400% without getting the blur or grainy effect.
This software supports four different algorithms to enlarge the images and allows you to check out all the possible preview versions and choose the one that works best. You can then save the image as a TIFF, PNG or JPEG image.
After downloading and opening the program, simply add the image your want to zoom in and select the resizing mode. There are various scaling target that you can select, including 50%, 100%, etc.
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PhotoZoom Pro 7
BenVista software is available for Windows and Mac, as a plug-in or as a stand-alone software solution. It uses its own technology to preserve and even increase the quality of the images that users choose to enlarge or reduce.
There is also a cheaper amateur version available, PhotoZoom Classic 7, if you’re interested. Both are available as a free trial on the manufacturer’s website, Benvista.com
Image resizing is a less trivial operation, from the point of view of the processing effort and the obtainable results than one might believe, especially if the starting photo is not of great quality. Therefore, using a reliable zooming software is a must.
You can use PhotoZoom to enlarge images, but also to reduce the pixel dimensions of an image.
PhotoZoom Pro 7 takes care of enlarging photos and graphics while maintaining quality, reducing JPEG artifacts and any noise (which on a larger photo would be more visible).
The tool also takes care of other elements, such as system exposure, both excessive and insufficient, improves the vividness of the image and its quality even if the starting point is low.
PhotoZoom Pro 7 uses a series of interesting tools, such as printing directly from the application, and new presets to easily resize different types of photos and graphics. Do not miss the opportunity to work with images in series (batch).
PhotoZoom Pro 7 is available as a standalone software or as a Photoshop plugin, Photoshop Elements and Corel PaintShop Pro and Photo-Paint software. The starting prices are $159 for a new license and $69 for upgrading from previous versions.
Enlarging digital photographs causes loss of quality. Imagener is an image converter that can increase image size without reducing quality.
The results obtained with Imagener are better than those obtained with other software for digital cameras, other image enlargers or photo editing programs. In fact, these use interpolation methods that leave the final images blurred, while the strongly improved interpolation technology of Imagener maintains the sharpness of the original images without loss of quality.
The program has a very simple and essential interface, also suitable for less experienced users. Simply select an image, specify the new dimensions according to a measurement unit of your choice (percentage, pixel, etc.), select a resizing method and press the Resize key.
You will be able to preview the results obtained, both in reduced and real dimensions, and the original image can be restored at any moment by pressing the Reset button.
Imagener Standard can be used free of charge. Enhanced versions ($19.95) and Professional versions ($49.95) are also available with additional features.
There are numerous software available for zooming photos. Which software have you found to be most helpful?
Let us know if you decided to use one of the tools listed in this guide by using the comments field from below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2018 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.