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Small file, how large could I blow it up?

Discussion in 'Photo Sharing' started by ziplex, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. ziplex

    ziplex Member

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    I finally got around to using my Lencarta flash head for the first time......took a few of the brat and liked this one. It wasn't until downloading that I realised I had previously turned the quality down to take some pic's to e mail to someone. File size is less than 700kb :(

    Any ideas on what size I could enlarge it to? Rarely do I bother with prints but we've decided to start getting some done, oh....I could kick myself!

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  2. ziplex

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    Have I put this in the wrong section :confused: loads of views and no one with an answer? where's all the tech' heads when you need one :laugh:
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    shotokan101 Well-Known Member

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    Need a bit more info. TBH - the supplied image is less that 1000x1000 resolution so I'm assuming that the original jpeg (why not shooting RAW BTW?) is a lot higher resolution and that will have a substantial impact on how large you can print :)

    Also how are you planing to view it - what viewing distance etc. ?

    Lovely shot BTW

    Jim
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    Jim,

    It's 980x775....I think, as mentioned in original post I had changed camera settings to post some pic's via e mail of a jacket of all things then merrily shot away with the flash/daughter only to realise I hadn't changed it back to RAW etc. So, it's a tiny file of a shot we really like of our daughter, me and the mrs wanted to get an enlarged print done but the file size, I assume, will make it prohibitive.........rarely do we get prints done and when we have previously they have been from a large file. I guess had we of been able it would of been nice to do a 16x20, obviously out of the question now?!
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    shotokan101 Well-Known Member

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    That's a pity - when you said originally that you had turned the quality down I thought you meant the jpeg quality down from fine to medium or similar and still had a higher res jpeg to work from than the attachment size posted :(

    Jim
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    You might be able to get an A4 size from it :)
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    Sadly not................
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    Well, that's a starting point........we'll give it a go and see what we get back :smashin:
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    How big do you want it? Am sure I can do somthing with it.
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    As large as is realistic............was surprised A4 might work to be honest, any larger would be a bonus.
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    Bit leftfield this one but: why not have a play in photoshop with it? Try something like an oil brush effect - they can look awesome printed. You might be able to get away with resizing large then the filter as the sharpness isn't as important. Also in photoshop there are a few guff weeny methods of resizing. They often look the same but can sometimes make a difference

    You could also do something like a live trace on illustrator which creates a vector that will upscale perfectly but that is another effect setting rather than pure photo. You could then import to photoshop and mess with filters like the various crayon ones that can look cool if you are lucky

    Unfortunately there is no magic super enhance software like in the movies so standard printing after resize will never look as good as if you used the raw setting :( its a bummer when stuff like this happens. Always shoot in highest settings and resize after. Much easier to shrink than blow up
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    Aye.......it was a dumb mistake :facepalm: I have had a play with this and a few other images in LR with some good results so will tinker a bit more :smashin:
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    I see you have cropped it a little already? to a 10x8 1.25 ratio.

    I have enlarged in CS5 through onOne Perfect Resize

    I increased to 150DPI gives a 2937x2334
    http://www.welshtog.co.uk/avf/breezeEdit.jpg 2.8mb
    This should be fine for 10x8 upto A4 ish

    http://www.welshtog.co.uk/avf/breezeEdit1.jpg 8.9mb
    This one I pushed to 6000x4800 300DPI sized for a 20"x8" print

    Upto you if you go ahead and print of course

    Doug
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    Very impressive results :)
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    Doug,

    I really do appreciate this...........:blush: you're a saint and rest assured I will certainly get some prints done.......thank you very much! (will let you know the outcome too)
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    I used Photoshpo CS5.
    I made a new action to resize by 10% each time.
    Actions, new action(bottom right), name it Upscale 10%
    Click record.
    Click Image, Image Size.
    Under Document size click the drop down and change to percent (Height and Width should both be percent).
    Change the values to 110%.
    I changed Resolution to 180 pixels/inch (300 for the last one)
    Drop down at the bottom change to Bicubic Smoother(best for enlargement)
    Click ok
    Click stop in the action pain.

    This should resize the picture by 10%, you can keep playing the action to resize by 10% untill you get what you are after.

    To finish I sharpened the edges with an action I have.
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    :cool: :thumbsup: :smashin:
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    You guys are just awesome... To have taken a small image to these sizes is brill... Very very impressive.. Wish I could get my head around using CS5...
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    I wish I could get my head around it, full stop :laugh:.......great stuff :smashin:
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    photoshop isnt too bad. you should see what it was like in version 3 when i first started using it. i have to admit i love photoshop, by far my favourite bit of software, but user friendly it is not. well, if you are new to it.
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    Collected via my sister just a minute ago, an 18 x 12 (nearest to rec') and a 10 x 8 print...they really are rather nice, in fact they look wonderful :)

    Thanks again Doug...much appreciated, daughter is chuffed too :smashin:

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