Photoshop: Can anyone help me smooth edges on my logo?

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hi iv tried everything I can think of to smooth the edges to stop jagged edges on my logo, I have used Gaussian blur then image levels, but its not doing anything. I have tried treshhold mask. select and mask. I'm now out of ideas.
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Sounds like your logo is low resolution. What is the resolution of the image? Could you post it somewhere so we could have a look?

Sometimes creating a selection of the object/logo, inverting that selection (ctrl+shift+i), feathering it (shift+F6) and filling it with the background color, or deleting the surrounding area could help. But you might be out of luck if it's very low resolution, or scaled from very low resolution.
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hi thanks for the reply the image is 1920 width, height 1080, resolution 72. is there any chance you could have a look at it for meif I email you the files there's two logo's. this is my first time using photoshop properly, I'm just following youtube videos. any help would really be appreciated.
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iv tried to use quick selection tool and magic wand also along with refine edge brush. but I cant select in front of the jagged edge it keeps selecting the jagged edge so cant brush it out..
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this is the image http://imgur.com/a/sZ6ee
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Give the "oilpaint" filter a try:
Set all parameters to 0 except the first 2. Apply different settings to different areas of the logo by using layers and masks.
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thanks for the reply really appreaciate it, I have just tried what you said but don't seem to be working, that's if I'm doing it correctly. I need someone to do this for me really
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you'll need to go back to the person who created this and have them render one with smoother edges or you can pay someone to recreate...
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I done it myself.. first time I ever used photoshop tho.. done it myself because I cant afford to have it done by someone..
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I'm afraid, the only way here is to re-create it at a large resolution.

Somewhere you must have scaled it up and that gave you the jagged edges. Or then somehow the image got converted to 256 color or something alike. Or the original was a gif in 256 colors.

I downloaded it and created a rig in red on top of everything and that renders fine. So the document is fine.


I tempt to to keep things at a high resolution. So for this one, I'd make sure it's at least 4k pixels wide. Or even better, make a new document at the size you want to print it and make it 300 dpi.

Or use Illustrator. The curves in Illustrator are resolution independent. So the Logo can be rendered at any size down the road.
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what resolution do you think I should use then? thanks very much really appreciate it
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Depends on what you will use it for. If it's for print, create it to the maximum size you will ever want to print at. Open Photoshop and create a new document and choose cm or inch and enter the size. Make sure it is set to 300 dpi. Photoshop will automatically create enough pixels to cover the area.

If it's for a video. I tend to create things at double the resolution of the final video. So for a 1920 x 1080 video I would go for 3820 x 2160 @ 72 dpi.

Or create a reasonable large file (e.g. 2480 x 3508 pixels  = A4 size @ 300 dpi) and draw the logo using shapes and the use layer effects for the gradient.  Make sure you keep the font around in case you want to change things later. But you can convert fon;ts to shapes for further distortion or any other effect you might come up with.

Here's a good introduction into using shapes: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/drawing-shapes.html or here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFbTNutxTgs

Here you'll find a starting point for layer effects: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/layer-effects-styles.html

Here's a basic rule: Shapes are resolution independent and pixels are pixels. Once you convert a shape to pixels, all Photoshop can do is enlarge the existing pixels.

I don't want to pull a "google this" on you, but, yeah... Google is your friend :) There's tons of tutorials out there on this and many other Photoshop techniques to create the effects you're after.
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thank you very much alex really appreciate it, I have recreated the image in illustrator width 4000 pixels hight 3000 at 300 dpi/ppi all the edges are now straight but the colour is not very good I did it in ckmy colours think I might just print off what I got n pay someone to finish it off for me. thanks again.
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cmyk sorry lol
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Cmyk can look differently on your, presumably, un-calibrated monitor. Have it printed and look at it then. Depending on the print service, they might be able to help. If you are in the US try Kinkos (now FedEx Office) I used them in the past and they were very capable.