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How to Depixelate a Photo in Adobe Photoshop

Updated April 17, 2017

High resolution images are ideal for seeing photographed images at their maximum clarity. However, not all images are taken at a high resolution. Unfortunately, you may find yourself in a situation where you to need to utilise a low resolution image and display it larger than intended. This can cause pixelation, which occurs when the individual pixels that make up an image become visible. This effect can be distracting but, fortunately, it is possible to utilise Adobe Photoshop to depixelate an image and make it more presentable.

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  1. Launch Adobe Photoshop.

  2. Click "File" at the top of the screen, choose the "Open" option, then locate your pixelated image and click "Open."

  3. Select the pixelated layer from the "Layers" window on the right side of the screen (if there are multiple layers).

  4. Click "View" at the top of the screen, then pick the "Actual Pixels" option. This will zoom in on the image to allow you to see the pixelation.

  5. Select the "Filter" option at the top of the screen, scroll to "Noise" then choose the "Despeckle" option. You will notice that squares of the pixels are now less visible.

  6. Repeat the despeckle action, if necessary, to further reduce the appearance of the pixels.

  7. Tip

    Use other filter options, such as the Gaussian blur, to improve the appearance of lower resolution images. if you have despeckled too many times, you can use the "Edit," then "Undo" operation to reverse your actions.


    Avoid overusing the despeckle technique too many times. It can cause the image to appear distorted if overused.

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About the Author

Matthew Burley has been a writer of online content since 2005. You can view many of his articles on Burley holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Arizona State and a Master of Science in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix.

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