Shrinking down a smart object causes drastic sharpening


When I have a large smart object, and then shrink it down, I often get some extreme sharpening. And while I understand that shrinking down an image may require some sharpening, photoshop can go a little overboard.

Here, for example, is a large 1:1 smart object on the right and the result when shrunk down on the left.

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It also happens in Save For Web output:

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How can I control this sharpening and still maintain the Smart Object link?

3/20/2014 9:06:00 PM

Accepted Answer

The problem is: Bicubic resampling.

I think you need nearest neighbor resampling (In the save for the web window you can select it under "Quality") For more information:

Update: For smart objects there is no resampling option :( :

8/21/2013 7:46:00 AM

You have different types of interpolation for resize. The thing to know is photoshop, for non smart objects also use a default interpolation (Bicubic), but different as the smart object one (Bicubic automatic).

The only thing you have to do is to go to : Edit > Preferences > General > Image Interpolation and select "Bilinear (best for smooth gradients)". You will have exactly the same result as a non smart object once resized.