Fix Bad Images:
Transform a Pixelated Image into a Work of Art.
The number 1 hurdle for graphic designers is what to do with bad images. We have all had this problem but how can we fix these images up and make
them look good?
Here's an idea...
Photoshop CS2 and older versions have a filter called the cutout tool. This tool is used for many different purposes e.g. making a photo look
like a drawing quickly.
Today we are going to show how you can apply the cutout filter to a very pixelated poor quality image to make the image both useable and artistic.
First, Open the image in Photoshop and enlarge the image to the finished size you wish to have the image. Note: Any re-sizing made after the filter is
applied may cause the pixels to stretch.
The original pixelated image. Not too nice.
Next go to the 'Filter' tab along the top toolbar. Go down to 'Artistic' and then to the cutout filter. Note: Photoshop may not let you apply the 'cutout
filter' if CMYK mode is on. If this is the case change the mode to RGB and apply the filter then change back to CMYK after.
After selecting the 'cutout' filter, play around with the 'Number of Levels', 'Edge Simplicity' and the 'Edge Fidelity'. There is no set variation
as every image is different.
The finished result: An artistic (not pixelated) image ready to go.
Go to the next page Enlarging Images