How to enlarge a photo without making it blurry

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How to enlarge a photo without making it blurry
If you want to enlarge your photos, make sure you take a quality photograph. (DIGITAL CAMERA image by Brian Wright from

Thanks to modern technology, even photos taken on inexpensive cameras can be blown up quite large without losing quality. The real secret to enlarging a photo without making it blurry is to take a good picture from the start because the more you enlarge a photograph, the more obvious your mistakes as a photographer become.

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Things you need

  • Digital camera
  • Computer
  • Photo-editing software

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    Make sure your camera is set to take the picture using its highest possible megapixels. Just because your camera takes 10-megapixel photographs does not mean that you are actually taking your photos at that size. Many cameras default to a lower size to fit more on your memory card. Scroll through the menu buttons to find the “photo size” option and set it to large. If your camera does not take 5-megapixel photos at the very least, you will have blurriness when you enlarge the photo.

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    Take photos that are in focus. Sometimes a photo looks fine on your camera’s viewfinder but when you see it on the computer you realise that the photograph is out of focus. To ensure your photos are sharp, make sure you have plenty of light. Hold down the shutter button halfway to allow the lens to focus and then push it all the way down to take the photograph.

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    Get as close as possible to your subject before taking the photograph. The further you are from your subject, the more cropping you will need to do when making your enlargement. Too much cropping will lead to a blurry final product.

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    Crop the photograph with your favourite photo editing program. Set the crop tool to the proper proportion for the size of the enlargement that you want to make. Save the photo with a new file name and then upload the photo to your choice of photo printing websites. Order the photo enlargement in the size you chose for the crop.

Tips and warnings

  • If you need to order the enlargement in two different sizes, repeat this step from the original photo, cropping in the proper proportion for the second enlargement size.
  • Fix photos that have been scanned or taken at a very low pixelation with a special program such as Vector Magic or Imagener. These programs can fix pixelation issues and make it possible to make enlargements even from digital photos that are low quality.

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