How to Enhance Image Resolution without Photoshop

Sometimes we need to upscale or upsize some image for some purpose. But most of the time we end up losing image quality. First, you need to know what is image resolution. Well, it is the number of pixels in an image.

Every pixel of an image carries specific color information. Therefore, whenever you increase image resolution, it adds some additional pixels and causes quality loss.

What now? How do we increase resolution without losing quality?

There the many software and applications available which know how to manipulate and represent extra pixels information. Using these you can enhance the image resolution without losing its quality to some extent.

Photoshop is the most popular image editing tool but for doing some simple functions I usually don’t use it as it’s a heavy software and takes time to load. So, there are some alternatives to Photoshop which will help you to increase image resolution without losing its quality. I’m going to explain about some of the best tools to enhance image resolution in this blog.

How to Enhance Image Resolution Without Photoshop

Reshade Image Enlarger

Reshade is a wonderful tool to enhance the resolution of images. I found it really good in its functioning. There are a lot of things you can do to your images using Reshade.

It provides some of the best features such as resize, crop, enhance images, reduce noise and photo effects, refocus fizzy and blurry images and so on. It helps you to apply advance super-resolution techniques.

You can also enhance image resolution of more than one images in one go means it offers batch processing too.

Some other benefits of this software are: that it supports popular file formats such as PNG, TIFF, JPEG and many more. You can resize images without losing sharpness or details of it. To use Reshade, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: First you need to download the software and install it. You can easily download Reshade from hereFile size of the software is 43.5 MB which is quite small.


Step 2: After completion of installing process, just open the software. The main window of it shows the default image.

Step 3: Next step is to choose the selected image. Click the File option present at the menu bar and click select and open the desired file.


Step 4: Now comes the fun part. There are a lot of options given such as width, height, resolution, crop, denoise, texture, accuracy and many more.

Select the screen resolution option and increase it if you want. Also, increase the value of Denoise option. There are other options too you can play with.


Step 5: The last thing is to save the output file. For this, click the file option and select save as. Set the desired path and click save, you’re done.

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Smilla Enlarger is freeware which enables you to increase the resolution of images without ruining its quality. Without losing details of the images it lets you enhance the resolution over 5 times of the original image.

Installing process is quite easy. You only need to download the software and unzip the downloaded folder. In the folder, you will find application file, just double-click it and the software will get open.


Next thing is to open the file of which you need to enhance the resolution using file option available at the top menu bar. Next, you need to change the resolution and you can specify the output dimension in the box given at the left side and click preview button.

There are many more options given such as sharpness, presharpen, Denoise, Flatness, Dlithering etc. you can modify them to get the desired results. Lastly, just click the Enlarge & save option given at the bottom of left sidebar. You will be surprised to see the results. is a free online utility to increase the resolution of images without altering its quality. This utility does a great job. I tried to increase the resolution of 250×200 size image to 500×400 and the results were great.

It didn’t blur the image or pixellate it. The sharpness of the output image was satisfactory. Overall, I loved this image enhancer utility.


You only need to open the URL of the website. There is no need to download any software and install it as this utility is web-based. Then you will see many options.

First, open the desired image using Select file button. Also, you need to specify some other options too such as style, noise reduction and upscaling according to your need. And then click convert. Your image will be opened in a new tab and you can download it.


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Resizeimage is another web-based image resolution enhancement tool which works average. It can resize your smaller images to the resolution of your choice. I tried to enhance the solution of 300×200 pixels image to 600×400 pixels and the result was nice to some level.

It increases the resolution of the image without pixellating it but there are many other things missing this image enhancing tool like Image sharpening option, texture, accuracy and some other features are missing, therefore the sharpness of the output image was not up to the expectations. But, to resize an image without pixellating, it’s a nice tool.


Now, the thing is how to resize image using Well, its quite an easy process. As this is a web-based tool, yo do not need to download it. Just open the URL and all the options will be displayed.

First option is to upload image using Upload an image button. Next, you will see some other options such as crop, rotate, make background transparent, output image format, quality of the image and resize image.

So, specify the output image size in Resize image option and if you want to keep the Aspect ratio then yu can check the option and finally click the resize button. Lastly, you can view the output image or can download it.


Resizepiconline is also a nice tool to enhance the image resolution. Like Resizeimage it is also a web-based tool. Resizing process is also very simple and quick.

You only need to open the website and upload and image. specify the output image resolution and image format, that’s it. After the completion of resizing process, it will give the option to download the output image.

So, these were some ways you can enhance the image resolution without pixellating it. These tools are easy to download and are free. So, you do not need Photoshop for it or even any professional photo editing skills. If you know some other ways to enhance image resolution without using Photoshop, then please mention in the comment box.

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