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Old Aug 2, 2011, 11:19 AM   #11
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Here's what I tried.
  1. I took a 2048x1366 crop from the center of a photo with a lot of detail.
  2. I reduced the crop to 512x342.
  3. I enlarged the 512x342 image,
    • Once straight to 2048x1366, and
    • Once to 1024x684, and from there to 2048x1366.
  4. Then I compared the three 2048x1366 images.
While neither of the reduced/enlarged images was anywhere close to as sharp as the crop I created in step 1, the enlarged image I created in 2 steps looked like it contained more detail than the enlarged image I created in 1 step.

The next time you resize your images for submission, you might want to do it in a couple of smaller steps, instead of one big step.
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Old Aug 3, 2011, 11:34 AM   #12
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Using free programs is good for starters, including the "Gimp". But you must have figured out why they are free by now, all of them lack the refinement a program like PhotoShop has.

I understand PhotoShop is an expensive program, but Elements is also a premium editor, well within the reach of any "poor boy" like me. So do yourself a favor, go a step beyond the freebies, your images will love you for it; believe me.
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