I have this weird thing in Photoshop (CS5): When I'm zoomed in at 100% my lines are really smooth, but as soon I'm under 100% or over 100% they look weird, like this:

Pixelated zoom

This is how they look at 100%:

100% zoom

  • Could you add a screenshot at 100%? – Cai Oct 30 '16 at 19:14
  • @Cai done! Didn't see your comment. – user79210 Oct 30 '16 at 19:58
  • A pixel is a pixel. As soon as you are zoom in or out, it isn't drawn as a single pixel anymore. It's as simple as that. You may want to create your artwork with vector software if it bothers you. – Jongware Oct 30 '16 at 21:23
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    I think it's more a matter of monitor resolution, than a software problem... – Pierpaolo Bagherini Oct 30 '16 at 22:20

Nothing to worry. Your computer is just trying to make a quick preview on the zoomed image. Nothing is happening yo your file.

Sometimes a program makes some calculations to smooth an image on the preview, sometimes makes no calculations and just drops some pixels, and some times makes a lot of calculations so you can see the image smooth, doing something called anti alias, which is averaging the values of adjacent pixels.

But that is just viewing your image. Zooming in and out does nothing to your image, as I sayed, it is only the preview.

Working on Photoshop normally implies that you work at 100% or at a round number like 200%, 300% etc. This gives the computer enough information to make a proper preview on what is really happening on the file.

Not rounded numbers, like 73.33% or 127.73% makes the computer decide what to display and what to average, and it is not a precise way to work with raster images.

Oh. If you decide that the correct zoom to view your image is 73.33% as your example shows, you might consider resampling it with let us say a bicubic or bicubic sharper method. This will change your image forever, but with the proper calculations to smooth the image.

  • This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. - From Review – Luciano Oct 31 '16 at 9:50
  • It is not a coment, it is an answer. The answer is that the computer is just trying to make a quick preview of the zoomed image. Nothing is happening to his file. That is the answer. (And this is a coment) :o) – Rafael Oct 31 '16 at 17:25

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