Low-Resolution Enhancement Tips in Adobe Photoshop

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Low-Resolution Enhancement Tips in Adobe Photoshop
Enhance low-resolution photos with Adobe Photoshop. (couple entrain de prendre une photo avec un appareil photo image by bacalao from Fotolia.com)

Adobe Photoshop is a computer program that allows you to edit photos. You can add in colours, remove elements from pictures and retouch photos to give them a more appealing or "professional" look. Many cameras take pictures in a low-resolution, meaning that the picture quality is lower than it would be in high-resolution. However, you can make low-resolution pictures resemble high-resolution photos using Adobe Photoshop.

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Reduced Noise Filter

According to Adobe, the manufacturer of Photoshop, one excellent way to improve the quality of low-resolution photos is to use the reduced noise filter. The reduced noise filter, which you can find under the "filters" tab, removes errors and imperfections from very low resolution photos, such as camera phone photos or pictures taken with throwaway cameras. One click of the mouse will apply the reduced noise filter, removing some of the imperfections.


Low-resolution photos often appear discoloured, greyed-out or over-saturated with colour. Adobe Photoshop has a "quick fix" that will remove these errors and give the photo a much more natural, high-resolution look. According to Adobe, you can find the "quick fix" function at the top left of your screen. Once in the menu, you can adjust the sliding colour saturation bar. You can also use the "smart fix" function, which will adjust the colour and contrast automatically, according to Adobe.


Low-resolution photos often have a fuzzy, amorphous or worn-out look. Using Photoshop to sharpen your picture can give it a much more vital, distinct and professional appearance. You can sharpen your photos by using the "high pass" function, which is located in the "filters" menu. According to Photoshop Support, you can achieve a much sharper photo look by adjusting the high pass bar to a higher pixel radius. Adjust the pixel radius until your photo reaches the desired look. Photoshop Support recommends adjusting the radius to 1.0 for gloss paper and 3.0 for matt paper.

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