how to fix pixelated pictures

Surely you have tried to make a photo bigger to print it out and it ends up being really blocky and pixelated. The reason behind this is that an image file only has a certain resolution when its saved. Say you have a picture that is stored at 300 dots per inch (DPI) and the picture is a 3 inch by 3 inch.

That means that the picture has 900 pixels by 900 pixels which actually equals a total of 180,000 pixels. Sounds like a lot. If you print it off at the 3×3 size it was saved at, then it will look fine. But if you try to stretch is to a size of 9 inch by 9 inch that will mean that you are trying to stretch 180,000 pixels over a space that should have 7,290,000 pixels. Now that doesn’t sound like as much anymore. That results in a very blocky and pixelated photo.

Enlarging a photo can make it appear blocky and even blurry. You’ll notice that the round edges appear rough and jagged. What that means is that there isn’t enough data in the file to create a clean crisp picture when you enlarge it like this.

The pixilation happens when there is just a really low quality picture or you try to resize a small picture into a bigger image. When you stretch an image too much, you can start to see the blocky appearance of the image and the curves tend to look like they are stair stepping instead of smoothly transitioning. This can ruin any image and make looking at it not so enjoyable. Without taking a new photo with a higher resolution, there isn’t anyway to increase the resolution. There are ways to make the image quality better, so it doesn’t look quite as bad.

There are multiple software tools that you can use to get this job done. There are several online services that can process the image for you, or you can use a program like Photoshop to increase the quality of the image yourself. If you don’t know how to manually do this by using Photoshop, or how to use online services to do it for you, then you should continue reading to learn how.

Note- When you are working on any image, you should keep an original image around in case you mess up and can’t fix the image when working on it. You always want to have a backup copy of any file you are going to edit.

How to Fix Pixilated Pictures Using an Online Tool

The nicest thing about using online tools to edit your images has got to be the fact that you don’t have to download any software to your computer taking up a bunch of space. This is really handy if you don’t have much room on your computer or you are one a work or school computer that you can’t download programs to.

You may even want to do this from your phone or tablet. There are countless online tools for editing images, but there are only a few worth a mention, and two of those are going to make this article. Pixenate and Fotor are two of the best online tools you can use for editing images, and especially working with pixilated images. These are both great to use on mobile devices like your phone and tablet as well.

Fotor has a really simple way to help with pixilated images.

1. Upload your picture to the website

2. Then, choose the Effect option in the menu on the left

3. Scroll down until you see pixelate

4. Finally, just use the scroll bar to scroll left and the tool will minimize the pixilation as much as it can

5. This online tool also has a premium version that you could use to get access to a Smoothing tool as well that would help smooth out the hard edges of the pixels.

Pixellate is almost just like Fotor in how to do this.

1. Start by uploading your image to the website

2. Choose the Smooth Photo icon from the menu on the left side of the screen

3. This will have a different level of success based on the original quality of the image.

How to Fix Pixilated Images With Photoshop


If you are willing to take your time and spend a good amount of money on a program for your computer, there is Photoshop. Everyone who lives in this day has heard of, or maybe even used Photoshop at least once in their life. Photoshop is by far the industry standard for editing photos and images, but that comes with a high price tag. Photoshop has a huge library of features that you could literally take years to perfect, but to fix a pixilated photo doesn’t take very long to learn, and only take a few moments to do.

1. Open the image you are trying to make clearer

2. Select the Filter and Blur

3. Select Gaussian Blue and then use the slider to adjust the smoothness of the picture and click OK

3. Now click on Filter and Sharpen

4. Choose the Unsharp Mask and then use the slider to adjust the level to what you prefer and click OK

5. Then, save the image

A second way to do this is to add a layer on top of the photo to almost blur the pixels and smooth them.

1. First, right click the image you are trying to smooth out and click Layer and Create New Layer

2. Choose Blending Options from the top menu and then Soft Light

3. Then, choose Filters and Noise

4. Select Despeckle and then adjust to your liking

5. Click on Image, Adjustments and Brightness and Contrast, then adjust to your liking again.

6. Use the first method first and if you aren’t satisfied with the results, use this second method as well.