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I open a high quality photo in Photoshop. I then cut the section I want into another image (I am making a cover photo for Facebook 848 x 315 px). When I paste the image and scale it appropriately it appears to be pixalated when I zoom in. I am wondering is it when I set up a new image to paste it to, am I setting it up wrong?

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    Are you scaling the image up? That will always cause "blurriness" (pixelation). Zooming in will always cause this in Photoshop too, as it's a raster image editor.
    – Manly
    Aug 30, 2016 at 19:41
  • You're scaling your image and zooming, that's your problem. Scaling = loss of quality. Zooming = enlarging the pixels.
    – Cai
    Aug 30, 2016 at 19:44
  • I believe I am scaling the image down. Would this still have the same result?
    – Sfocker
    Aug 30, 2016 at 19:46
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    @Sfocker scaling your image down means there are literally less pixels so yes, thats your problem. If your image looks ok at 100% zoom then you are ok, no need to zoom in. A raster image is meant to be viewed at its actual size, any raster image will look pixelated when zoomed in, thats just the nature of raster images.
    – Cai
    Aug 30, 2016 at 19:52

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Make sure interpolation is set to Bicubic (sharp or smooth) in Preferences:

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