How To Resize Pixel Art in Photoshop

This tutorial teaches you how to resize Pixel Art in Photoshop.

Increase the Size:

  1. Open the image in Photoshop
  2. Press Crtl+Alt+i to open the Image Size Menu
  3. Change Resample to Nearest NeighbourResampleToNearestNeighbour
  4. Change the units to PercentUnitsToPercent
  5. Increase the size in mutliples of 100% eg. 200%, 300%, etcMultiplyBy100

Using Nearest Neighbour preserves the pixel quality. If you use one of the other options, Photoshop tries to smooth out the graphics, creating blurry pixel art. Below is a comparison of the right and wrong way.

Comparison

If you increase the size of pixel art without following my guidelines, eg increasing by 150%, it will usually distort. Sometimes, however, it works (as long as you’re using Nearest Neighbour, and the larger the image, the better it scales), so it might be worth experimenting. The general rule though is increase by 100%.

Reduce the Size:

  • You can’t resize pixel art lower than it’s native resolution and keep the pixel accuracy
  • If you previously increased it by a multiple of 100%, then do the opposite. Eg, If increased by 200%, decrease by 50%
  1. Open image in Photoshop
  2. Press Crtl+Alt+i to open the Image Size Menu
  3. Change Resample to Nearest Neighbour
  4. Change the units to Percent
  5. Choose percentage to decrease by

Decrease ratio’s

Increased by Decrease by
200% 50%
300% 33.3%
400% 25%
500% 20%
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