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What would cause a photo to appear pixelated on a digital photo frame?

Asked by Mariah (18402 points ) November 12th, 2010

I’m loading photos from my computer onto a digital photo frame. Some of them look fabulous on the frame, while others appear pixelated even though they looked fine on my computer screen. What’s puzzling me is that I can’t figure out anything fundamentally different between the photos that look good on the frame and the ones that don’t. They originated from the same digital camera, have the same dimensions (height and width) and resolution (pixels per inch), and are all jpegs saved at the maximum image quality. Can you think of any variables that I might be overlooking that would cause some, but not all, of my photos to appear pixelated on a digital photo frame?

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HungryGuy's avatar

I’m guessing it’s a small photo resized by the frame to fill the frame? Double check your camera and the photos to make sure they really are all the same size in pixels. I bet you’ll find they are NOT! If the frame just uses a pixel-to-pixel resize algorithm, the photo will appear pixelated. Find out the frame’s resolution and then use Photoshop to resize the photo and crop it to the frame’s dimenstions in pixels. If the original photo is tiny, say 100 by 100 pixels, you’re going to get pixelation now matter how good the resize algorithm is that you use.

Mariah's avatar

Nope! They are 800 by 600 pixels, which is definitely big enough. Some of the other photos that are 800 by 600 look great. I don’t get it!

HungryGuy's avatar

By any chance, were they originally taken at a small size and then enlarged to 800 by 600?

MissAnthrope's avatar

What is the size of the digital photo frame?

Mariah's avatar

@HungryGuy Nope, they were originally larger and then scaled down to 800 by 600. The display on the photo frame is 800 by 600 pixels so I thought, to reduce loading time and to circumvent the resize algorithm because I wasn’t sure how good it would be, that I ought to scale them to that size. But now they’re not displaying the same on the frame as they did on the computer screen, which I don’t understand.

@MissAnthrope 800 by 600 pixels.

HungryGuy's avatar

Are they all the same format? JPG, BMP, etc.? Or are they different formats? WIll the frame display different formats? If so, here’s an idea…take the ones that are displaying pixelated, load them into Photoshop. If they’re JPG, save them as BMP (don’t alter the original). See if the frame will display them any better. Also, see what the frame will do with the ones that were originally scaled larger..

Mariah's avatar

They’re all jpegs because that’s all the frame will take, unfortunately. Right now what I’m trying (and it’s working for some of the photos) is simply deleting the pixelated ones off the frame and reloading them. Some of them are staying pixelated while others, for some reason, are looking good on the second try. Whoever said that insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result obviously never used a computer!

HungryGuy's avatar

That’s odd, but okay. Maybe, also, try just loading them, converting them to something else, reloading them again, and saving them again as JPG in Photoshop to rearrange the colors on the palette.

Mariah's avatar

Okay, well I got them all loaded onto there looking great! With the last few stubborn ones, I discovered that if I upload them onto an image sharing site and then save them from there, the frame must not recognize it as the same photo anymore or something because it solved the problem. Much more of a hassle than it should have been, and I still don’t know why there was an issue in the first place, but oh well! Thanks for your efforts @HungryGuy!

camertron's avatar

It sounds like a limitation of the photo frame itself, because from what you’ve told us you’ve done everything correctly! You matched the size of the photo frame, you used the same digital camera, and you saved them in the correct format. I do wonder though if the resolution was wrong. Did you check the resolution in Photoshop (Image -> Image Size)? That might have been the problem…

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ivesc123's avatar

I have photography that are pixelated, could it be, because they where taken on a 21 megapixel camera.

KenSword's avatar

Hey I had the same problem. I open the pictures in Paint and just increased the size of the pictures from 100% to 125%. It worked good on most pictures, some were a little too big for the frame but for the most part it worked great. You can play with the percentages to get it just right.

pinkbeach's avatar

I just fixed mine and it was because they were saved “progressive” and you need to save them “baseline standard”. Open the files in photoshop and then click “save as” then click “ok” save over the already existing file (or make a change in the photo and save normally) then another window pops up asking what size, etc preferences and you will see “baseline standard” “baseline” “progressive” at the bottom of the window. It worked! I got all mine changed in a matter of 3mins!

deeann's avatar

I just resized a bunch of photos. They are all now the same pixel size. I checked that size against some already loaded onto the digital frame. Some are pixelated at the pixel size I chose and some are not. I just bought a Kodak pulse digital frame and the only directions that came with it are a quick start guide. I don’t know how to determine the frame’s resolution. Any ideas?

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