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Making low-res logos look professional

Apr 22, 2012, 12:29 (This post was last modified: Apr 22, 2012 12:33 by STU9000.)
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Making low-res logos look professional
I mean, say you have a logo that you have pulled off the internet (with the permission of the copyright owner of course) and you want to put it on a poster and scale it up to size. Is there a fancy way to edit it so that it looks like it should and not like 8-bit graphics?

I've tried blurring and resharpening but that didn't really seem to work very well. Ultimately I am looking for something to smooth the edges of the writing so it looks sharp and not 8-bitty.

For example, see attached xcf file.


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Apr 22, 2012, 14:54 (This post was last modified: Apr 22, 2012 15:09 by ofnuts.)
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RE: Making low-res logos look professional
(Apr 22, 2012 12:29)STU9001 Wrote:  I mean, say you have a logo that you have pulled off the internet (with the permission of the copyright owner of course) and you want to put it on a poster and scale it up to size. Is there a fancy way to edit it so that it looks like it should and not like 8-bit graphics?

I've tried blurring and resharpening but that didn't really seem to work very well. Ultimately I am looking for something to smooth the edges of the writing so it looks sharp and not 8-bitty.

For example, see attached xcf file.
There is no good way to restore a good-looking text by pixel-tinkering.

However, using the scaled-up image as a backdrop (or working at high zoom on original midget-size image) you can use the Path tool to recreate paths to redraw things. In attached file, I redid a path around the final M or mushroom, then used it to create a selection that I bucket-filled. Doing the M took me a bit under 10 minutes. Re-doing the whole thing is going to take a couple of hours (there are repeated characters). Use guides to insure equal sizes (serifs). If you haven't used the Path tool before, you'll sweat over the first two, and likely come back and redo them when you've done the others, but this will be time extremely well spent. Having the logo as a path instead of a bitmap (export to SVG when done) allows you to scale and rotate it at will without any loss of sharpness and gives you more freedom on the fill.

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Apr 22, 2012, 17:33
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RE: Making low-res logos look professional
I guess this will be the last thing I do :-o thanks for the answer, if I can't find a higher res version by the time I've finished this design, which is becoming more elaborate by the hour, then I'll do it taht way.
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Apr 22, 2012, 18:38
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RE: Making low-res logos look professional
Dare I say it, but maybe, just maybe, Gimp is not the best tool for this particular job.

If you import into Inkscape, then trace the bitmap, you easily get a vector. Delete the original bitmap, tweak the path, then you can scale it to any size you like.

[Image: er8Ug.jpg]

If you spend more than 30 seconds you get a better result. Back into gimp for finishing off.

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Apr 22, 2012, 18:39
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RE: Making low-res logos look professional
Thanks rich! That looks pretty nice, I'm gonna use that :-)
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Apr 22, 2012, 20:00 (This post was last modified: Apr 22, 2012 20:01 by ofnuts.)
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RE: Making low-res logos look professional
(Apr 22, 2012 18:38)rich2005 Wrote:  Dare I say it, but maybe, just maybe, Gimp is not the best tool for this particular job.

If you import into Inkscape, then trace the bitmap, you easily get a vector. Delete the original bitmap, tweak the path, then you can scale it to any size you like.
If you spend more than 30 seconds you get a better result. Back into gimp for finishing off.
Wondering what image you started with... because with the provided image I get a zillion points.

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Apr 22, 2012, 20:14 (This post was last modified: Apr 22, 2012 20:16 by rich2005.)
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RE: Making low-res logos look professional
Quote:Wondering what image you started with... because with the provided image I get a zillion points.

Just the one that STU9001 provided, converted to png to import into inkscape.

One it is traced, use the simplify function in the paths menu, I think the shortcut is ctl-L.

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Apr 22, 2012, 20:23
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RE: Making low-res logos look professional
Still get many more points (about 3x) than on you example, and the letters get rounded and lose the sharp points in the serifs.

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Apr 22, 2012, 22:08
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RE: Making low-res logos look professional
The end result was slightly more rounded, but that's OK. I kind of liked it like that.
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