I downloaded an icon in png format. Now I try to resize it to 20x20 pixels using Photoshop CS5. This causes it to become fuzzy, as shown in Photoshop's navigator. I want to use the smaller image for a website. How can I make the reduced image have the same quality as the original I downloaded?

Here is a screenshot of the photoshop screen. youtube logo of size 20x20

  • Try to resize it with Ctrl+T and move left-right-up-down a bit to have more sharp edges. Sub-pixel anti-aliasing is causing blurry edges.
    – Vnovak
    Jul 1, 2014 at 8:30
  • it is not just blurry edges , the whole picture showing in navigator section (at the top right of the screen) at 100% is blurry. Is it natural? Jul 1, 2014 at 8:36
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    Please share a screenshot.
    – Vnovak
    Jul 1, 2014 at 8:37
  • yes please share the png icon, i think maybe the final size is to small for the image content …
    – Chris
    Jul 1, 2014 at 8:52
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    The text / details are just way too small. Either use a different image with simpler details, or use a bigger image.
    – Joonas
    Jul 1, 2014 at 10:02

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Don't trust the Navigator panel, trust your export.

The Navigator panel is just a tool to visually orient yourself in large works at big zooms. It is not meant as a preview of what you're going to see when you export a file.

In your case, the Navigator preview is way larger than the file's actual size. Therefore, Photoshop makes a pixelated, fuzzy preview.

Try and export your file (File > Save for Web...), and check that. It's bound to be crisp.

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    Just to make this clear for the OP. The 100% in Navigator panel is the document zoom level. The Navigator panel thumbnail fits itself to whatever size the panel is.
    – Joonas
    Jul 1, 2014 at 10:04

How i thought it is just too small for the logo to get sharp edges anymore, i would suggest using a icon font such as Font-Awesome for this small icons!


here is a example of what i mean:

 128x128 px

 20x20 px

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