How To Make A Picture Bigger in Different Software

January 01

12 min. to read

It's easy to reduce the size of the image, but if becomes tricky if you want to make it bigger.

There are a whole handful of reasons why you may wish to make pictures bigger, including upload requirements for a website or because you’re preparing to print. If you’ve never done it, we’re here to help! If you’re looking to go in the opposite direction, here’s a helpful article on how to make a picture smaller. Luminar is a program that can help with making a picture bigger or smaller, as well as cropping, editing, and organizing your photo library. Sounds like a lot of useful features, doesn’t it? You can give Luminar a try right now by clicking the button below.

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Basics of making pictures bigger

Why do people want to resize pictures?

Here are some reasons for shrinking a picture:

  • It takes up too much space
  • It’s not an ideal size for your blog post
  • It takes too long to load

Here are some reasons for making a picture bigger:

  • To optimize it for printing
  • To increase the quality 
  • To make it look better on the web
  • You need a specific image size

How To Make A Picture Bigger in Different Software Image1Before you enlarge an image, check the properties of the file to see its size. Another tip is to always experiment with resizing using a copy of the original image, especially if you don’t know what the results are going to be like.

Preserving quality

Sometimes when making photos bigger, you may notice some loss of quality. What can you do to prevent it?

Loss of quality usually happens when an image is in the bitmap format. Most JPEG and PNG images are in bitmap format. This means they’re made up of thousands of pixels. Zooming in, you’ll see that those pixels are actually tiny squares. The image is composed of these squares, which are each mapped to a fixed location on the image. This is where the name “bitmap” comes from. 

When you resize an image, the software adjusts the size of the pixels according to your needs. When you shrink an image, there’s no visible quality loss because the number of pixels is reduced. However, when you make an image bigger, the number of pixels increases, but the nearest pixels all take up the same color, making the image look blurry and pixelated. That’s why the ideal way to enlarge the photo would be to increase the number of pixels, but detalize them well.

How to make an image bigger in Luminar

Skylum’s Luminar is great editing software that can help you tackle different tasks from adjusting saturation to adding a special look to resizing your photos. Here’s how to enlarge a photo in Luminar.

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  • First, find the picture you want to resize in your Luminar 3 library. Thanks to the handy organization system, you can find an image by the date you took it or the color tags you assigned with it previously. 
  • Next, press the keyboard shortcut Shift-Cmd-E for Mac or Shift-Ctrl-E for PC. This will bring up the export menu. There will be options to sharpen or resize the image.
  • Click on resize. You'll see options to keep the original size or set the number of pixels for the long edge or short edge. You may also define the size freely by entering pixels for the height and width.

That’s all you have to do. Luminar allows you to store, organize, and edit your photos quickly and intuitively. 

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Enlarge a picture in Lightroom

Here’s how to make pictures bigger in Lightroom.

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1. Select your image in Lightroom.

2. Navigate to File –> Export or press Shift-Cmd-E for Mac or Shift-Ctrl-E for PC on your keyboard. The export window will come up.

3. Select the Export Location by choosing Specific folder from the drop-down. Next, click the Choose button and select the folder on your computer where you want your enlarged image to go.

4. In File Settings, select the desired format and quality. Note that the higher quality you choose, the larger the file size will be.

5. Under Image Sizing, make sure to check Resize to Fit.

6. In the sections Metadata, Watermarking, and Post-Processing, select the changes that you want to apply.

7. Click Export to finish the process and enlarge your image.

Increase the size of a picture in Photoshop

Here’s how to resize a photo in Photoshop.

How To Make A Picture Bigger in Different Software Image41. Open the photo in Photoshop.

2. Click on the Image menu and then click on Image Size.

3. In the Image Size dialog box, make sure the Constrain Proportions box is checked.

4. Adjust the photo size by width or height, entering a larger number.

5. After you’ve entered a new size, press OK.

6. The changes will be applied, and now you need to export your photo if you want to use it for printing or for the web.

Photoshop also gives you the option to adjust the size by adjusting the pixels or the resolution, instead of inches, making an image bigger without loss of quality.

Perfect Resize Photoshop plugin

Perfect Resize is a standalone piece of software as well as a Photoshop plugin that allows you to resize an image smartly. It will cost you money, but if you resize pictures on a regular basis, it’s worth the investment. If you’re using Perfect Resize as a plugin, here’s how to resize a photo:

1. Go to File –> Automate and select Perfect Resize.

2. After Perfect Resize opens, you can choose a preset from the left-hand menu or enter your own size in Document Size.

3. After entering the size, go to File –> Apply and save your image in Photoshop.

4. Export your image.

We recommend using this software if you need to resize pictures frequently and are an expert Photoshop user who uses Photoshop on a daily basis.

How to make a picture bigger in MS Paint

If you use Windows, MS Paint is a program that has probably been in your life since forever. It’s a simple Windows-only program for modifying, resizing, cropping, and performing basic editing.

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You can easily use it to make a picture bigger: 

1. Right-click on an image file in File Explorer and select Open With –> Paint.

2. Select Image –> Resize/Skew in the main menu. 

3. Change the Horizontal and Vertical percentages to something more than 100. Keep the percentages equal to preserve the aspect ratio.

4. Select File –> Save As to save the bigger image.

The perk of this program is that it’s free and comes with Windows, so you don’t have to look for another program elsewhere if you want to learn how to make an image bigger.

How to make a picture larger in Preview

If you have a Mac, Preview is a built-in program that can help you make a picture bigger.

Here’s a quick way to do it:
How To Make A Picture Bigger in Different Software Image61. Navigate to the image you wish to resize. 

2. Drag the image to the Preview icon in the Dock or Finder.

3. Click the edit button (a square with a pencil) to switch to Edit Mode. 

4. Click the Tools menu and select Adjust Size.

5. Change the resolution.

6. Type your desired width and height in the boxes, making the image bigger.

7. Check Scale proportionally to avoid warping the image.

8. Click OK to view the image at its new size.

9. Press Cmd + S to save your changes.

Enlarge a photo in Gimp 

Gimp is another piece of editing software that has the ability to make a picture bigger without degrading the quality.

1. Open the image you want to resize in Gimp. 

2. Go to Image –> Scale Image. Enter your desired dimensions. 

3. Under the Quality section, choose Sinc (Lanczos3) as the Interpolation method and click on the Scale Image button.

4. Export your image for the web.

The perks of Gimp are that it’s simple, easy to use, and free. It’s the perfect software if you want to learn how to make an image bigger. However, it lacks a lot of professional features that you might need if you’re serious about photo editing.

To sum up

This article covered many types of editing software that can help with making photos bigger. There are many plugins and standalone pieces of software that can aid you in this task. 

We recommend Luminar because it’s fast, intuitive, and lets you do a quick and efficient job. If you’re hesitant about whether this software is for you, simply download a trial by clicking the button below.

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  • Quickly erase unwanted objects
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