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Nov 21, 2021 08:20:49   #
ckescher
 
Hi. I own a Nikon D500 with a 100-400 mm Tamron lens. I photographed a pair of Eagles. One part of my shot I particularly liked. I enlarged just that one section and I am so happy with the results. I want to have a quality print made from that one segment. I sent it into a online print store. They replied the photo was too small to create a print. How to fix this? On the computer screen, I don’t see any noise from the enlargement.
Any suggestions or a place to send that portion of my photograph? Any and all help appreciated.
Carol



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Nov 21, 2021 08:49:51   #
imagemeister Loc: Stuart, Florida
 
You could use pixel enlargement software - like the Adobe default Bicubic smoother. There are other specialized/dedicated enlargement softwares like ON 1. In your case noise reduction software would also be a consideration.
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Nov 21, 2021 08:51:40   #
Ufauxreal
 
I use Gigapixel from Topaz when I want to print an image that I saved that was too small. It does a wonderful job. I use it as a stand alone product but I believe it can also be a filter in photoshop.

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Nov 21, 2021 09:07:54   #
jimvanells Loc: Augusta, GA
 
You could experiment with the 30 day free trial of Gigapixel, I did and found a lot of artifacts in the images. Yours may be different and it's free. When you take a small part of an image that starts with 20 megapixels, you are at the bare minimum to make a decent print. Many folks won't print it because they think the customer will be disappointed.

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Nov 21, 2021 09:24:02   #
BebuLamar
 
I see a lot of noise in the posted image. If you use store original option we can see if the image is OK.

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Nov 21, 2021 09:53:29   #
lamiaceae Loc: San Luis Obispo County, CA
 
ckescher wrote:
Hi. I own a Nikon D500 with a 100-400 mm Tamron lens. I photographed a pair of Eagles. One part of my shot I particularly liked. I enlarged just that one section and I am so happy with the results. I want to have a quality print made from that one segment. I sent it into a online print store. They replied the photo was too small to create a print. How to fix this? On the computer screen, I don’t see any noise from the enlargement.
Any suggestions or a place to send that portion of my photograph? Any and all help appreciated.
Carol
Hi. I own a Nikon D500 with a 100-400 mm Tamron le... (show quote)


Impressive image of the Eagle head, like it but I am not happy with the pure white sky or background. I did not check but don't go any more square than 8x10 or a similar ratio. Modern images are closer to 8x12. Not sure why your crop is "too small". What % portion is your final of the original frame? I am sure one of our UHH printing experts can advise you best. I don't think you really need to sharpen anything, it is probably a problem with the method you used to crop it. Good luck.

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Nov 21, 2021 11:27:30   #
User ID
 
lamiaceae wrote:
Impressive image of the Eagle head, like it but I am not happy with the pure white sky or background. :

The bald white background is wondrously graphic. A sunny blue sky with obligatory clouds would be soooooooo grossly tacky. And a light but slightly tinted sky would look like a custom tinted wall paint from Home Depot. *Bald* white, so apropos !

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Nov 21, 2021 16:41:26   #
via the lens Loc: Northern California, near Yosemite NP
 
ckescher wrote:
Hi. I own a Nikon D500 with a 100-400 mm Tamron lens. I photographed a pair of Eagles. One part of my shot I particularly liked. I enlarged just that one section and I am so happy with the results. I want to have a quality print made from that one segment. I sent it into a online print store. They replied the photo was too small to create a print. How to fix this? On the computer screen, I don’t see any noise from the enlargement.
Any suggestions or a place to send that portion of my photograph? Any and all help appreciated.
Carol
Hi. I own a Nikon D500 with a 100-400 mm Tamron le... (show quote)


I think the wording in your text to consider is "a quality print." Quality might be defined differently from person to person, but a professional print house does not want to create a print that will not be a quality print if they can help it. It is obvious that your image contains a fair amount of noise that has been enhanced through processing and this would show up on the print and it would not be a quality print. Also, for a quality print, most often done for standard print sizes at 300 ppi, there are general size guidelines to keep quality. When cropping these general guidelines help us to determine if the image we have before us will create a quality print. For example, a 10 x 15 print needs to have a pixel range around 4500 on the long side, this can be fudged depending on the quality of the image. An 8 x 12 print would need about 3800 pixels on the long side. You don't give a lot of information regarding the image and what was done to it nor what size you asked the printer to print at. You can start again with it, use a denoise program first, then crop to a size for the print size you want, and process it a bit differently and see if the printer will print it. As others have said, you can use enlargement software to upsize it as needed. Or you might simply ask someone you know who has a printer to print it for you as then the quality of the image will not factor into the printing process.

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Nov 21, 2021 21:53:10   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
ckescher wrote:
Hi. I own a Nikon D500 with a 100-400 mm Tamron lens. I photographed a pair of Eagles. One part of my shot I particularly liked. I enlarged just that one section and I am so happy with the results. I want to have a quality print made from that one segment. I sent it into a online print store. They replied the photo was too small to create a print. How to fix this? On the computer screen, I don’t see any noise from the enlargement.
Any suggestions or a place to send that portion of my photograph? Any and all help appreciated.
Carol
Hi. I own a Nikon D500 with a 100-400 mm Tamron le... (show quote)


Select another print lab that will print your image. Print labs are reluctant to print if you have a low resolution (small in pixels wide by pixels high), or you don't have enough pixels for the print size you are requesting. A 500x582 px (.29mp) image will not make a decent print at any size.

Before getting any new software like Gigapixel, On1Resize, etc - try resampling your image to 2000x2328 px and see how it looks on your screen. That will give you a better sense of what it might look like without spending a dime.

This is a good guide for how man pixels you need for a decent image, and it is based on viewing distance.

http://www.photokaboom.com/photography/learn/printing/resolution/1_which_resolution_print_size_viewing_distance.htm

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Nov 22, 2021 06:59:39   #
pahtspix
 
Unless I missed it, I've heard no one mention Photoshop's "ENHANCE"..It's a fairly new app included in Photshop CC that will through "AI(AKA machine learining) which
will DOUBLE the sized of an image with NO artifacts.. I've tried it out on several images, and I think it beats "Gigapixel" from Topaz. I took a 8mpxl image from my Samsung Smartphone from it's normal max for a decent print at 10.5" x18" up to 21"x36" With NOapparent image loss whatso ever.. If you have Photoshop CC try it out! Of course, you need ad good sharp image to begn with. I found the results AMAZING!!

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Nov 22, 2021 09:43:57   #
JeffDavidson Loc: Originally Detroit Now Los Angeles
 
Gigapixel is great but is a stand-alone product.

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Nov 22, 2021 13:35:11   #
johnny1950 Loc: Palm Coast, Florida
 
Hi
I would use Topaz noise, gigapixel and sharpen before doing any corrections go to the original then come back and do your normal editing. You do not want to sharpen the image first cause you will be sharpening the noise. This will leave you with a good size noise free sharp image. Then go back in and do your editing. Good Luck
Johnny

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Nov 22, 2021 14:05:32   #
BigOldArt Loc: Seminole, FL
 
YMMV. When I have ended up with too small a cropped image, it has been because of something I did in PS, for example, not saving the cropped pix at maximum jpg quality. It is possible that going back to the original and redoing the whole process watching out for what choices you make will have different results.

Perhaps post the original and the cropped versions to this list and someone can make suggestions.

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Nov 22, 2021 14:06:53   #
tcthome Loc: Keansburg , NJ
 
ckescher wrote:
Hi. I own a Nikon D500 with a 100-400 mm Tamron lens. I photographed a pair of Eagles. One part of my shot I particularly liked. I enlarged just that one section and I am so happy with the results. I want to have a quality print made from that one segment. I sent it into a online print store. They replied the photo was too small to create a print. How to fix this? On the computer screen, I don’t see any noise from the enlargement.
Any suggestions or a place to send that portion of my photograph? Any and all help appreciated.
Carol
Hi. I own a Nikon D500 with a 100-400 mm Tamron le... (show quote)


What software are you using to crop, & how big do you want the print? If LR, maybe you can set a size in inches & it will resize your photo.

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Nov 22, 2021 15:50:22   #
ckescher
 
Hi and thanks so much for all of your input. I am overwhelmed with your responses and the amount of information provided. I am a 70+ woman trying to learn how. It is slow going!! As suggested, I am sending the original file and hopefully, I will get some additional suggestions. In the meantime, I will take each of your suggestion and try and apply it. I had hoped to have a 8x 10 print or 11 x 14.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Carol

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