Tonight's lesson: ONE WAY TO FIND THE LARGEST STARTING IMAGE
This relies on Google's Image Search option to find the same or similar images.
I was going to use the images above, but couldn't find anything that was any better than what we already had, so I picked a popular movie, found the smalled version of the poster, and used that as the starting point.
We are starting with an Avengers poster that is only 184 x 276 pixels. TINY!
Open up Google and click on the Images link in the upper right:
Next, grab and drag & drop the image from wherever you have it stored and put it on to the search bar... See the following 2 images.
It will come up with some result information.
Click on the Large link as indicated above and you will get the results below.
Do as it says, and pick one of the (much) higher resolution images and you should get something like this:
Select View Image and then right click and save the image that comes up. I hit the + sign that comes up when I moused over the image to show how much larger the image was, but you don't need to do that in order to save it.
Now we have a starting image that is 476 TIMES more image data information and more than 118 TIMES the size.
This makes any additional enlarging a lot easier and with less artifacts or need to blur the image using lower quality free software. NOTE: I have some pretty good enlarging software, but even it can't enlarge the tiny image that we started with.
Hopefully this helps for today's lesson.
Tomorrow I will talk about enlarging the image, doing any cropping, and adding a border. I won't go exactly step by step, but will give some ideas on the process more than anything. Can't give away ALL of the trade secrets. I won't be going over how to touch-up the images, remove words, etc as those steps vary from one image to the next, and again, if I give it all away, then I won't get any more requests for some of my advanced services.