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7 Useful Ways to Repair Pixelated Photos


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Blurry, unclear and pixelated pictures are very annoying. These pictures are usually more prevalent with low-resolution images and occur due to the bad compression and inaccurate resizing.

But don't worry if facing these issues now. In this post, we'll share 7 working methods to help you fix pixelated images easily.

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[Quick Know]

Why are My Photos/Images Pixelated?

What determines the detailing of a photo is simply resolution, and you should also note that resolution is measured in pixels/inches, they are important when it comes to the resolution of your photos.

If you understand this, then you have less to wonder as to why a high-resolution photo does not easily pixelate or blur compared to a low-resolution photo that pixelates or blurs with just a 20-30% zoom.

avacado pixelate image

However, if the pixel dimensions are wrong, a high-resolution photo can become bad. Here are some common reasons why your photo can become pixelated:

  • As already stated above, low-resolution photos.
  • Resizing small images inappropriately.
  • Wrong image compression.
  • A corrupted or damaged photo can also result in pixelated or sometimes blurry photos.

Part 2. 7 EasyWays to Repair Pixelated Photos

Pixelate photos usually occurs for technical issues; therefore, fixing requires some technical programs. But don't worry, you only need to push some buttons in the programs, and they will handle all the technicalities for you.

For many years now, Photoshop has been the best program for handling problematic pictures. But what if Photoshop is too expensive? The good news is that Photoshop is only one of the seven methods you can fix pixelated photos..

Way 1 Fix Low-Resolution Photos Pixelation in Photoshop

Photoshop remains one of best ways to fix pixelation in low-quality photos whether for printing or any other use.

Step 1: Launch Photoshop and open the photo on it.

Step 2: Go to "Image" >> "Image Size" at the top tab.

Step 3: Go ahead and change the resolution by the value of 300 or as required in the Image Size window and hit "OK".

change image size in photoshop

Step 4: Still in the top tab, go to "Filter" >> "Camera Raw Filter".

find camera raw filter

Step 5: Once the Camera Raw Filter window opens, go to the "Detail" section and move the "Sharpening" and "Noise Reduction" sliders till you no longer see the pixelation and hit "OK".

change pixelate in photoshop

Step 6: Now, go back to Image, still at the top tab; then, "Adjustments" >> "Hue/Saturation".

find hue saturation

Step 7: Adjust the color of your photo to your taste.

adjust image color in photoshop

Step 8.Now, save the photo by going to "File" in the top bar, then "Save".

Way 2 Use Blur and Sharpen Filters to Repair Pixelation in Photoshop

If the first step didn't work for you, here's another good trick to try, still on Photoshop:

Step 1: Launch Photoshop and open the photo you want to fix.

Step 2: Go to "Filter" >> "Blur" >> "Gaussian Blur" at the top tab.

use gaussian blur in photoshop

Step 3: The "Gaussian Blur" window will pop up, increase the blur value to a reasonable level.

Step 4: Go back to "Filter", then "Sharpen" >> "Unsharp Mask".

Step 5: The "Unsharp Mask" window will pop up, increase the value to a reasonable level.

use unsharp mask in photoshop

Step 6: Now, save the photo by going to "File" in the top bar, then "Save".


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Way 3 Create Soft Layer Over Pixelated Image Using Photoshop

Using Photoshop, it is possible to mask pixels in pixelated photos by creating a soft layer over them.

Step 1: Launch Photoshop and open the photo you want to fix.

Step 2: Right-click on the photo layer and select "Duplicate Layer". You can hit Ctrl/Comd + J as well.

create a soft layer

Step 3: In the layers panel, click on the blending options and select "Soft Light" from the drop-down menu.

sellect soft light

Step 4: Go back to Filter, then "Noise" >> "Despeckle". If the pixelation clears at once, fine. If not, repeat the process until everything clears off.

choose despeckle

Step 5: Lastly, go to "Image" >> "Adjustments" >> "Brightness/Contrast" and adjust them to your taste.

adjust brightness contrast

Step 6: Now, save the photo by going to "File" in the top bar, then "Save".


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Way 4 Use an Photo Repair Tool to Restore Pixelated Photos

Remember in the early part of this post, we said that damages to your photos in form of virus or other things can cause them to pixelate? If that is the case, there's little any of the above methods can do to repair them. Therefore, you need an advanced photo repair tool- iMyFone UltraRepair to enhance the photos/images first

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Step 1: After downloading and installing the program on your system, launch it and choose "Enhance". Then click "+ Add File" in Photo Clarify.

upload blurry photos

Step 2: Upload your blurry or pixelated photo. Then the program will start to enhance your photo!

start to enhance blurry photo

Step 3: Wait a moment, the pixelated photo can be enhanced soon. You can keep the photos by clicking Save as button and check it!

save the blurry photo

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Way 5 Fix Pixelated Photos in Paint.NET on PC

Many users have agreed that Paint.Net is a good option when you don't have Photoshop. It is even free for Windows users, and it is easy to use, unlike the complicated Photoshop.

Step 1: Launch Paint.NET and open the photo you want to fix.

Step 2: Go to "Effects" >> "Blur" >> "Gaussian Blur" at the top tab.

choose gaussian blur in panit net

Step 3: The "Gaussian Blur" window will pop up, increase the blur value to a reasonable level and hit "OK".

change the radius of gaussian blur

Step 4: Go back to "Effects", then "Photo" >> "Sharpen".

sharpen in paint net

Step 5:In the Sharpen box, shift the slider till the pixelation is gone.

Step 6: Hit "OK", then save the photo.

Way 6 Use Free Online Platforms to Fix Pixelated Photos

There are numerous platforms with which you can edit your pictures, and fix pixelated photos. You don't even need to download any program or extensions for them to work perfectly. Examples include:

Way 7 Repair Pixelated Photos on Android and iPhone

What if you have pixelated photos but do not have access to a PC? Don't worry; there are a handful of apps available in the App Store and Play Store for iPhones and Androids respectively that can help you repair your pixelated photos. They include the Adobe Lightroom, Pixlr, Google Photos, PicsArt, etc. Just play around with their "sharpening" feature.


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FAQs: More Tips of Pixelated Photos

1 Can I fix pixelated photos on iPhone or Android? How?

Yes, you can fix pixelated photos using an iPhone or an Android phone. There are many apps with sharpening features that you can use to your advantage. But, be mindful that these apps do not have a feature for reducing pixelations; therefore, use initiative and skills to fix it properly.

2 How to use Photoshop to reduce pixelation?

There are many ways you can use photoshop to reduce pixelations in your photos. It depends on what method you find convenient for you. You can refer to the section on how to use photoshop to fix pixelated photos in this post.

3 How can I prevent pixelation in my photos?

To prevent pixelation, use the highest resolution setting on your camera or smartphone, avoid using digital zoom, ensure proper lighting, and use a tripod to minimize camera shake.

4 Can pixelation be avoided when uploading photos to social media platforms?

Most social media platforms compress images to reduce file size, which can cause pixelation. To minimize pixelation, upload high-resolution images and avoid over-editing your photos.


If you found your images are suffering some damage like blurred, pixelated, broken, unable to open or etc, above are useful methods that we could offer. Plus, an efficient UltraRepair enhance tool can do all these fixing things for you. Don't miss it!

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