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How to resize an image on a large scale.

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StealTheSenses Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
So im a psd fanatic and rarely use illustrator so im not to knowledgeable about vector images. My question is this, is there a way to resize my 8-10in work into 8-10ft without losing mass amounts of detail and quality. If i cannot, what would you recommend me doing to achieve this because i don't think my comp would be able to hold an 8-10ft canvas haha.
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nokari Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
If it's a raster image you made in Photoshop, it's impossible to increase the size of a raster without sacrificing quality. Though if the image is to be viewed always from a distance (like a billboard), then you can lower the resolution to as little as 9-12 dpi and it would look fine from at least a few yards away.

If it's all vector objects, they are infinitely scalable to any size. There is no resolution quality to worry about with vectors. If you need to use a raster image that isn't very complex, you could trace the image in Illustrator (look up Live Trace and Live Paint) to make a vector version that you can resize.
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Pakaku Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Also you don't need to work at 8-10ft the entire time, just when you plan to print. You could work at 8"-10" or whatever, use less resources that way
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StealTheSenses Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Could i transfer my work from photoshop to illustrator and resize it? Or will it still lose quality?
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Pakaku Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
If you worked with vectors in Photoshop, then yeah. If you worked with raster images, you'll lose quality scaling up.
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Pakaku Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
See how big of a size your computer can handle, because vectors never lose quality when scaling up or down...

Depending on why you're printing it that large, you could get away with a smaller DPI, and work with a smaller file as a result
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