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Re-sizing old photos - help please?

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  1. witters

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    I have an "old" photo, approx 4" x 3", which I would like to enlarge. Would it be possible to enlarge it, to say, 10" x 8" at any sort of reasonable quality?
     
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    I trick I learned with Photoshop was to enlarge it 10% at a time. And I was absolutely amazed at the results....

    I did a quick comparison at the time by enlarging it in one go and by doing the many 10% steps and difference is unbelievable...Don't ask me how it works, but it does for me....It may take you some time though ;-)
     
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    Thanks Jean-Paul,

    What is the best resolution to import into PS in the first place?
     
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    I scanned some really old family b+w photos.. tweaked them with photoshop and then printed them for a calendar for my mum a couple of years ago. Printed pictures were much larger than the originals - and they looked better as I could clone out cracks and lighten/blend out some brown stains.

    So - yes get them scanned and have a go. Scanning at 600 dpi (or even 1200) is already an enlargement if you print at 300.
     
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    Scan them in at the maximum your scanner can do, or better if you have the negative's...Use a buraux if you want top quality for that picture...

    As Rob said, you may find you actually have to reduce its size! If you need to restore the photo as well, I can give you some additional tips depending on what needs doing....
     
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    Thanks fellas. I'll give it a go.

    I'll be back.... :D
     

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