How to Resize Pixel Art in Photoshop: Fast Guide

By Tata Rossi 19 days ago, Photo Editing Tips

Since this professional software automatically makes the edges smoother when you resize pixel graphics, you might be wondering how to resize pixel art in Photoshop. Follow this short step-by-step tutorial to make your image look more detailed, without any sign of blur. It will allow you to resize, edit and enhance the edges of your pixel art images without quality loss.

Adjust the Auto Adjust Options to Resize Pixel Art in Photoshop

When you resize an image, Photoshop uses default settings, which might result in blur along the edges. This happens because Photoshop uses AI-driven tools to hide imperfections when enlarging an image.

However, when scaling pixel art, you should avoid blurring the edges as they should stay as they were. The simplest way to fix this issue is to use other resize methods to ensure that the pixels at the edges won’t be blurred.

Follow this quick tutorial to prevent Photoshop from blurring the edges when you resize your pixel image. You can use this method when working with pixel art of various sizes, even 75x75 or smaller images.

STEP 1. Upload an Image

Launch Photoshop and upload the image that you want to resize. Make sure to remove the background. If you have never done it before, take a look at my tutorial for those who want to learn how to remove the background of a picture in Photoshop or clean images with the help of the “Background Eraser Tool.”

STEP 2. Open the "Image Size" Dialog Window

open the image size window to resize pixel art in photoshop

To find the settings menu, you need to open a new dialog window by pressing the Alt + Ctrl + I key combination. You can also open the Image menu, scroll down a bit and select Image Size.

STEP 3. Resize and Select the Hard Edges

choose correct settings to resize pixel art in photoshop

In a new menu, you need to select the height and width of an image. Make sure to check if you edit pixel values. If you want to resize your image while preserving its aspect ratio, it’s better to edit percents. Change “Pixels” to “Percent” and raise the value to 200%, 300%, 400%, etc. To resize your image correctly, first, you need to check the "Constrain aspect ratio."

To ensure that the edges of your enlarged image don’t look blurry, find the "Resample" option at the bottom of the window, click on it and select "Nearest Neighbor (hard edges)."

STEP 4. Edit or Save the Enlarged Image

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5. Adjust Hue/Saturation/Luminance

save your work correctly to resize pixel art in photoshop

Done! Your image was successfully enlarged while its edges still look sharp. After scaling pixel art, you can edit it or save it to use in your future projects.

FAQ: How to Resize Pixel Art in Photoshop

  • • Can I use this method to make pixel images smaller?

Yes, you can use exactly the same method to make your pixel art image smaller. The main thing that you need to do is to select the right size and aspect ratio and check the "Resample" option.

  • • What is the maximum size of an enlarged graphic image?

This way, you can enlarge your pixel image infinitely, without any restrictions. However, the file size will also become larger. 

  • • What format do I need to choose to save an enlarged pixel image?

Once you have successfully learned how to scale up pixel art, you can save an enlarged image in its original format to ensure that the background will stay transparent. If you cut out your image from the background when editing a JPG file, you can save it in PNG format with a transparent background.

  • • What do I need to do if I can’t find the option “Nearest Neighbor (hard edges)"?

It might happen if you use the old version of the photo editor that hasn’t been updated for a long time. In this case, you can read a short tutorial to learn how to get the latest version of Photoshop free of charge.

  • • Does the program save all the settings?

No, Photoshop will automatically blur pixels when you try editing images in the future. However, you can read this helpful tutorial and learn how to сreate an action in Photoshop. It will allow you to resize your images in one click.


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