Way to depixelate a small gif file in Photoshop cs3

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Hi Guys,

I have a small gif file that I need to have it Depixelated. Is there any way I can do this in Photoshop cs3?

Thank you.

Best Answer by Espinoza Thor
Answered By 0 points N/A #142366

Way to depixelate a small gif file in Photoshop cs3



Follow the instructions:

1. Open the image in Adobe Photoshop that you want to depixelate.

2. Click 'View' and then 'Actual Pixel' 

3. Go to 'Filter' and then 'Noise' on the main Menu. Select 'Despeckle'. 

4. Press CTRL+F two or three times to further despeckle the image. ( Not more than 4 times)

Does it work? I think yes.


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Answered By 0 points N/A #142367

Way to depixelate a small gif file in Photoshop cs3


Hi Lewis,

Here are other ways you can do it:

Blend Option:

  • Choose File menu
  • Click Open (you will need to open the GIF file that you need to edit)
  • Once you have found the file, click on "Open" button and this should bring you back on the main screen. This time, the file you want to edit is displayed on the screen.
  • As I always do whenever I want to edit a file in PS, create a backup copy of your file. You will need to duplicate the background layer. You can do this by dragging the layer of the file to the layer pane. You will now see the new layer on top of the old layer, which is named as background copy. In this way, you can still have your old file intact and you can still open it in the future in all its original settings
  • Then, click on the Blending option under Layer pane. Under Blending option, select Luminosity. This option will try to retain the sharpness of the file. Once you perform Luminosity, you will see that the blurring effect in the top layer picture will soften thus removing the pixelation.

Despeckle Option:

  • This time we will use the option "Noise" and "Despeckle" for your file. The latter will automatically detect the edge in your image and it will blur all of the image except for the edge. 
  • In case you overdo the use of "Despeckle" option, you can always adjust the settings to make it more appropriate to the file that you are editing. You can do this by clicking on Edit menu and choose Fade Despeckle. Set the amount of despeckle by stating a value in the opacity box. As you adjust the value, you will see in the background how the image is going clearer or more blurry. The higher the value you set, the more you are trying to bring the image back to its original setting.

Blur Option:

  • One of the often used option in depixelation is the blur option. More popular on this one is the Gaussian blur – which is I use most of the times. You can do by highlighting the background layer file. After highlighting, click on Filter menu then choose "Blur". Under Blur, choose  "Gaussian Blur"  
  • Keep the radius to below 2. As you are doing these settings, you can see In the background, how the Gaussian blur walks. 
  • You can put a checkmark on the preview box so you can see your edits in real time mode. This way, you will see if the settings you applied is how you want your file to be depixelated.

Contrast or Brightness: 

  • Lastly, we have these two options. Since your image is already open, choose Adjustments
  • Click on Brightness/Contrast
  • Moving the slide to the left will make you increase the contrast depth of your image's bottom layer.
  • Moving the slide will also improve the sharpness of the image. This is a good way of recovering the sharpness you may have lost while applying the blurring option.
  •  For most, setting the brightness and contrast to either +10 or +20 makes your changes more solid.

Try one of these options and see which one you find more effective in depixelating the GIF file you need to edit.

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