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I'm trying to create an icon based on a 2 color png I downloaded from icon monster. It is placed in my document as a smart object. I want it to be crisp, but photoshop doesn't want it to be.. even though it directly taunts me by showing the perfect result when I'm trying to resize it and then throwing it away when I hit enter.

While I am resizing it is crisp, but when I apply the resize it is all mushy and smooth which I do not like.

Is there a way I can get it to remain as it is while dragging?

There is an 'anti-alias' checkbox when I'm resizing it, but it is unchecked and disabled.

While I am resizing it is crisp

When I apply place it is all mushy and smooth, but I'd rather not.

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Photoshop cs6 and CC lets you do it. Otherwise, you need to drag pixels manually.

Edit : photoshop creates semi transparent pixels when resizing. In photoshop CS6 and CC, this feature disabled by default. So when you resize, the semi transparent pixels should not appear. (take a look to preferences menu of photoshop for this option, if it enabled, you can disable it.)

Another way is to do it, edit smart object's vector shape.(if it is a vector, otherwise you should draw it again) i Double click on to smart object's thumbnail and open it, move the content into actual file and try to resize. If it is a vector shape there will be no problems. If you are seeing semi transparent pixels, grab path selection tool and drag path nodes to get rid of them.

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Detailed info: detailed info is here: http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/2012/05/align-to-pixel-grid-in-photoshop-cs6.html

and this is the preferences option: enter image description here

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I have CS6 apparently.. how do I do this? –  Damon Aug 29 '13 at 19:38
    
Hi Ferdi, could you expand on your answer please, maybe explain a little more about how to drag the pixels manually, or maybe link to a place that demonstrates how it's done in CS6 and CC? Just to add a bit of body and substance to your answer, as it stands it's been flagged as low quality. –  Mr E. Upvoter Aug 29 '13 at 20:38
    
I don't see an option in the preferences for this –  Damon Sep 5 '13 at 15:33

Instead of resizing the smart object from the outside, open the smart object, then click Image->'Image size', pick your wanted dimension, and for the Resample Image pick Nearest Neighbor (preserve hard edges). This will preserve the hard edges.

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