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Choose the right resample option for your image

Added on Friday 22nd of February 2008 07:07 am EST
Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3
Operating Systems:
Microsoft Windows, Macintosh

There are a lot of different resample options in the Image Size dialog box. When I resample images I always feel like I’m guessing the perfect option. Can you explain what each resample option is best for?

You’re not alone if you can’t decide which resample algorithm to select when resizing your images. There are a lot of options to choose from. You’ll find these options located in the Resample Image dropdown menu in the Image Size dialog box. Here’s a guide to help you decide. (In CS3, the Image Size dialog box displays a brief explanation on which option is best for which resizing situation.)

  • Nearest Neighbor. The Nearest Neighbor resample algorithm is faster than the others, however it’s also notoriously sloppy. Because the algorithm relies on copying the pixel values surrou...