Friday Tip – Upsizing in Lightroom

I was just looking through a copy of Mikkel Aaland’s Photoshop Lightroom Adventure and I learned a cool tip that made me think of upsizing in a different way. Until now, if I’ve had to upsize a photo I’ve always gone to Photoshop to do it, mainly because I could control the interpolation method used to upsize. However, after reading through his book I learned that Lightroom (File > Export) uses the Lanczos kernal interpolation method (after all, who doesn’t ;) ). Now, after the glazed look falls from your face (yes, I too have no idea what the Lanczos kernal method is), let me explain it this way. Basically, this means that Lightroom’s interpolation method is really good. In fact, one of the engineers behind Lightroom said that when it comes to upsizing, it’s as good as, or better, than Photoshop’s. So next time you upsize, use Lightroom’s File > Export feature instead of going to Photoshop. Have a great weekend!

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog,, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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