How to enlarge an image to print it: A friend sent you a very nice photo that you would like to print on paper but, after opening it, you realized that it is really too small to adequately enter the frame you wanted to dedicate to it. Without losing heart, you therefore started surfing the Internet in search of a guide that could explain you how to enlarge an image to print it, ending right here, between the pages of my site.
If this is so, then I think I have excellent news for you: in fact, below I will explain by thread and by sign how to increase the width and height of an image to adapt it to print on paper. In detail, I will take care to explain the steps to be taken both on computers (Windows and macOS) and on smartphones and tablets (Android and iOS).
So, without wasting any more time, make yourself comfortable and read very carefully everything I have to say to you on the subject: I am sure that the result you will be able to achieve will fully satisfy you. Having said that, I have nothing else to do, except to wish you happy reading and good work!
Before taking action and explaining yourself how to enlarge an image to print it, I consider it necessary to provide you with some information on compression of the same.
In order to reduce the “weight” of the images (ie their physical size, expressed in KB or MB) and make them easily distributable, it is often necessary to apply a compression algorithm: it allows you to compress the size of the files in memory, sacrificing part of the quality of the original file.
Clearly, the compression algorithms operate at different levels: a low compression level involves an image with a higher weight but with better quality; on the contrary, a high level of compression decreases the weight of the image and, at the same time, the quality of the same. In addition, compression algorithms fall into two large categories: without data loss (or lossless) is with loss of data (or lossy).
Although the difference in quality between an uncompressed image, a lossless tablet and a lossy tablet may not be visible to the naked eye, it proves crucial when it comes to handling: this means, returning to the discussion to be addressed in this guide, that the images to which a very high compression level has been applied, if enlarged, may result shelled, blurry or worse still, to present traits indistinguishable to a greater extent than the original files.
For this reason, the result that can be obtained by increasing the size of an image during printing is strongly connected both to the compression algorithm applied to it and to the level of compression used. For completeness of information, here are some of the compression formats that are particularly used: PNG (Lossless) TIFF (Lossless) GIF (up to 256 colors, lossless), JPG / JPEG (lossy) e GIF (with more than 256 colors, lossy).
How to enlarge an image to print it on Windows
If you intend to enlarge an image to print it on Windows, then I suggest you read the following sections of this guide, in which I will explain how to obtain this result using both the system print settings and some dedicated software. Always keep in mind what I explained to you in the previous chapter: if the image is too small and of low quality, the result could definitely leave something to be desired!
If you are using Windows, you can easily enlarge an image to print it (and adapt it, if necessary, to the entire page) using the dedicated print panel. To proceed, therefore, identify the file of your interest, right click on it and choose the item Print from the menu that is proposed to you.
At this point, using the print window, you can define the settings you deem most appropriate: affix the check mark next to the item Fit the image to the frame (below) to make sure that the image does not exceed the edges of the sheet and, using the previews located on the right, set the level of magnification you want to obtain. For the image to occupy the entire surface of the sheet, for example, you must choose the option Full page photo.
If you start from a particularly small image, I recommend you set the option Great within the drop-down menu Print quality: in this way, in the face of a slightly higher ink consumption, you will be able to “correct”, as far as possible, any grain of the photo.
When you’re done, make sure you’ve indicated the correct one format of the sheet on which you will print the image (e.g. A4) within the drop-down menu of the same name, then choose the printer destination from the menu of the same name and, when you are ready, click on the button Print, to start the printing process.
Keep in mind that, after performing this procedure, the original image will not be altered.
Programs for resizing
If you intend to enlarge an image indicating a specific size, then you can use some software equipped with this functionality.
Paint Windows 10
The version of Paint included in Windows 10 allows you to easily resize images for printing. How? I’ll explain it right away: after finding the file of your interest, right click on its icon and go to the menu Open with> Paint, to access the image via the aforementioned software.
Then click on the button Resize and indicates whether to resize in percentage or in pixel, then specify the scaling factor or the new dimensions using the proposed text fields. Keep in mind that, indicating only one value (e.g. only the width), they will come the proportions of the original file are maintained.
When you’re done, you can save a copy of the image by clicking on the menu File (top left) and then on the item Save with name present inside, or you can send the image directly to print, by going to the menu File> Print.
Windows 10 photo
Another extremely quick method to resize an image in Windows 10 consists in making use of the application Photo, included “standard” in the operating system.
To be able to do this, locate the image you want to enlarge, right click on it and choose the options Open with> Photos from the menu that is proposed to you.
When you reach the main Photos screen, click on the button (…) located at the top right, choose the item Resize from the panel displayed and indicate the resolution you want to assign to your photo (in MP).
If you want to use specific dimensions, click on the item Define custom options, put a check in the box Maintain aspect ratio, so as not to deform the image, indicates the dimension in width / length in the appropriate field and, if the starting image is particularly small, drag the cursor Quality up to the value 100% (all right), to limit ginning and artifice.
When you are done, click on the button Save resized copy, to save the modified image, and indicates the path in which to save the photo, through the window File Explorer that is proposed to you.
Afterwards, you just have to print the image using the classic procedure provided by Windows: in general, all you have to do is a right click on the file in question, to access its contextual menu, and choose the item Print from the latter.
If you have a previous edition of Windows (e.g. Windows 7) or want to intervene in more detail on the magnification options, you can evaluate the use of a third-party program, such as Fotosizer, also available with a free license.
To get it, connect to this website, click on the button Download Now located in the box Fotosizer Standard Edition and wait for the download of the installation package to be completed.
Then start the downloaded program (e.g. fsSetup309.exe), click on the buttons Yup, OK is Forward, then affix the check mark next to the item I accept the conditions of the license and, to end the setup and open the program, click in sequence on the button Forward twice and then up Install is end.
Once you have reached the welcome screen of the program, click on the button Go on, to use its free version and, once you reach its main window, drag the image of your interest into the box Drag and drop the files here.
At this point, use the buttons on the right to choose what to do with the image: fit to new dimensions, enlarge the picture, increase the edge or imbottirla with a black frame.
Then specify the custom sizes (in percentage, pixels, centimeters, millimeters or inches) to be applied to the image or use one of the presets to scale it to a specific factor (current screen size, percentage of default scale and so on). In this regard, it may be useful to know that the standard size of an A4 sheet is equal to 210 x 297 mm.
Finally, put the check mark next to the item Keep the aspect ratio (if it is not already there), to avoid deforming the image and, when you are ready, click on the button Start to resize the photo. When the operation is complete, click on the button Destination folder Open, to immediately access the directory where the file is saved, which will have the same name as the original one, but accompanied by the suffix (Copy).
At this point, you just have to use the printing procedure provided by Windows to be able to print the image on paper.
Fotoresizer is, in my opinion, one of the best programs to resize images, but it is certainly not the only one: I have listed a series of useful solutions of this type in my guide on how to resize an image. Also, if it is your intention to learn how to resize a photo with Photoshop or a change the size of an image with GIMP, you can take a look at the tutorials I made on the aforementioned programs.
If you have problems in the printing phase, you can then take a look at my guide on how to print from your computer, in which I have indicated the precise steps to take and the solutions to the most common problems.
How to enlarge an image to print it on Mac
You need to enlarge an image to print it on Mac? So this is the chapter of my tutorial suitable for your case, in which I am going to explain how to do it both by applying particular settings during printing and by using ad-hoc software. Again, remember that images that are too small and of low quality may return results that are far from acceptable.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the easiest way to enlarge an image to print it is to use the macOS print panel. So first, open theimage of your interest, by double-clicking on the relevant file, then go to the menu File> Print Preview (top left) or press the key combination cmd + p and, having reached the print settings screen, click on the button Show details located in the lower left.
Now you just have to use the panel shown on the screen to adjust the page magnification: choose the page size (e.g. A4) using the appropriate drop-down menu, define theorientation of the sheet and affix the check mark next to the item Automatic rotation, if you want the image to be oriented according to the sheet.
Now, if you want to manually set the scale factor, put the check mark next to the item Ladder and specify its percentage in the adjacent text box; if, on the other hand, you want macOS to take care of the resizing, put the check mark next to the item Fit to scale and specify if print the entire image in the sheet, following its dimensions, or fill the whole page by resizing the image.
When you are satisfied with the result (which you can check at any time by taking a look at theprint Preview), Click on the button Print located at the bottom right, to start the printing process.
Programs for resizing
If the macOS print settings did not allow you to get the desired result, you can always rely on an external program, such as XnViewMP. This software, which is free for personal use and is cross-platform, is an image viewer with advanced features for editing – and therefore also resizing – of the same.
To use it, connect to this Internet page and click on the button OSX DMG 64bit, to immediately start downloading its installation package; when you have obtained it, start it and, using the window shown on the screen, drag the icon of XnViewMP in the folder Applications of the Mac.
In order to start the program, access the folder Applications, right click on the XnViewMP icon, click on the item You open located in the context menu, then on the button You open (you only have to do it at the first start) and you’re done.
Next, hit the button OK, in order to use the default settings of the program and, using the list of folders located on the left, go to the path where the image you intend to operate resides on: when you have found it, double click on its icon (at the center), to open it for editing.
Now, click on the button Resize located in the top bar (the shaped one paintings joined by an arrow) and use the options that are proposed to you to proceed with the resizing of the image: in this case, I advise you to intervene on the box Print size and to specify, inside, the new dimensions to be assigned to the photo (bearing in mind that a typical A4 sheet is 210 x 297 mm wide).
Afterwards, take care to place a check mark next to the box Preserve proportions, so as not to deform the image. When you are ready, click on the button OK, to confirm the changes, and then on the shaped button floppy disk, to proceed with saving the resized image.
Finally, you just have to open the image and start the printing process, as I showed you in the previous section of this guide.
How to enlarge an image to print it on smartphones and tablets
How do you say? You did not find the instructions I gave you in the previous sections of this guide useful, as you usually do your printing jobs from smartphone or Tablet?
No problem: in the paragraphs to come, I am going to explain to you how to act also to meet this need of yours. Keep in mind the speech I made to you at the beginning of this guide: particularly small and poor quality images could be grainy or unclear if enlarged.
Regarding Android, if you have previously configured the printer in your possession with your smartphone or tablet, you can easily enlarge images “on the fly” when printing. The “change” made in this way will only be temporary and the original file will remain unchanged.
I’ll explain right away how to do it. To begin with, launch the Gallery management app on your device (e.g. Google Photos or Tunnel), open theimage of your interest and, after touching the button (⋮) (located at the top right), select the item Print from the panel that is proposed to you.
When you get to the print screen, tap on the item Other options located in the top panel, then on the item Resizing and, using the available options, choose whether to print the image filling the page (in fact, enlarging it over the entire surface of the sheet) or adapting at the same. When you’re done, go back to the previous screen and tap the shaped button printer, to send the image to the latter.
Alternatively, you can materially enlarge the image file (effectively saving a modified copy) using the app Photo & Pictures Resizer (Photo & Image Resizer), available for free on Play Store.
After installing the app, launch it and tap on the item skip, located at the bottom left, to skip the first use tutorial; afterwards, Allow the app to access the device’s memory and camera (by tapping the appropriate button twice consecutively), touch the button Select the photos and choose the image you intend to act on, using the panel shown on the display.
Now, tap on the button Resize (the one with the four arrows pointing to the center) located at the top and, to enlarge the image by a percentage value, tap the button Custom% and specify the scale factor to apply.
If, on the other hand, you want to define the precise dimensions image (in pixels), touch the button Customize and indicate the latter in the appropriate text boxes: just specify a single size, width or height, as the other will be automatically calculated in order to preserve the proportions of the file.
When you’re done, tap the button OK and that’s it: the resized image will be saved immediately in the Android Gallery, precisely in the album Photo Resizer. To proceed with printing. You just have to access the aforementioned album and, after touching the preview of the image, press the button (⋮) and select the item Print from the displayed menu.
If you are not satisfied with the resizing functionality offered by Photo Resizer, I recommend you take a look at my guide dedicated to best apps to edit photos, in which I told you about some excellent applications dedicated to image manipulation (which, in most cases, also include features for resizing photos).
At the time of writing this guide, iOS does not have an option to define the size of an image being printed. Exactly as already seen for Android, however, there are some apps designed to perform this task very well: among these figures Desqueeze – Batch Resizer: a free app (with the availability of a paid Pro version, to expand its functionality) available on App Store.
After downloading it, start it using the icon attached to the home screen of the device, touch the button Next and touch the buttons Request is OK, to allow the application to access the iPhone or iPad memory.
Then touch the button Get Started and follow the first-time tutorial to quickly learn how to access the app’s functions. At the end of the tutorial, then tap the buttons Next, X (top left) e Done to access the main interface of the application.
At this point, locate theimage you want to resize from the proposed list or, if you do not find it, select the album that contains it, by touching the button Album located at the top left.
Next, tap on the button Next, make sure the options Car, Stretch is Normal Size are selected and, if necessary, rotate the image by touching the shaped button rectangle with circular arrow.
At this point, touch the dimension current image (e.g. 1200 x 600) and specify the new parameters within the fields that are shown to you. When you’re done, tap the button Done and then on the button Next. Finally, press the button GO! and that’s it: the photo will be immediately saved to the album Dsqz Photos device.
In order to print the resized image, you just have to access it and, after opening the photo, touch the button of the sharing (the one with the square with arrow pointing up) and select the item Print from the proposed panel.
Finally, tap on the item Printer to choose the printer to use and touch the button Print, located in the upper right corner, to start the process. If you have not yet set up the printer on your device, you can refer to the instructions that I have provided you with in my guide on how to print from iPhone (also valid for iPad).