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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, 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, 20:14 (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, 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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