This month TIP is written by Jeff a.k.a. Photoshopabuser.
How To Super Size Your Image
This is a real quick way to super size one of your images with very little pixilation. This is also one of those things that seem too easy to be true.
It is very easy to downsize an photograph for a smaller print or the internet, but making an image larger can cause all kinds of problems. If you have ever tried it, you know what I mean. The following story is based on a great idea from a Photoshop wizard, Jim DiVitale. Here is the original image all cropped, color corrected, and ready to grow.
The first thing you need to do is open a duplicate copy of your image and make all the needed adjustments. I cannot stress the importance of working on a duplicate and not the original. When you are done and have a final, flattened image, open the Actions palette.
Click on the small triangle at the top right of the actions palette and this menu will drop down. Look down the menu and you will see the New Action button. Click on that one once
This tutorial sort of kills two birds with one stone. Not only will it show you how to enlarge an image, it will also show you how to create an action of your very own! When you click on the New Action selection, you will see the following box.
Type in the name of your new action and put it in the desired Action Set. You can create a new action set in the Actions Palette. A real nice shortcut when using actions is that you can assign them their very own Function Key! Pick out a key and record it somewhere so you don't forget about it. You can also pick a color for that action of yours to make it jump out a bit if you don't assign it a Function Key.
After you have named your action, you are ready to start super sizing your image!
Click on the Record button and you are ready to go. Click on Image/Image Size on the toolbar and the Image Size box will appear. Make sure that the Resample Image box is checked. You will also want to change the document size unit to Percent. In the Document Size section of the box, you will want to enter 110 for the width of the document.
This effectively increases the size of your image 10%. Click OK to resize your image. As soon as you are done with that you will want to stop recording your new action. Press the square button on the bottom left of the action palette.
For some reason, 10% works wonders but in order for you to get a poster size image you will have to do this a lot, hence the creation of an Action. Instead of going to the Image Size menu every time all you have to do is hit a key. A little bit faster eh? Below is the final image. Compare the ruler on the original and finished image. Seeing this on the web doesn't do this technique justice. Don't be afraid to try this one at home! I hope this one helps you out someday. If you have any questions, drop me a line and I will try to help you out!