Photoshop: image enlargement confusion

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On Photoshop 8: What saved image format will allow enlarging the image while keeping the best definition?
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Chris Cox

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The image format has nothing to do with enlarging.

The only thing you want to avoid is file formats that use lossy compression, like JPEG.

And did you mean Photoshop 8 (old) or Elements 8 (not that old)?
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Thank you for your answer. It's reassuring to know there is someone to ask even though it has left me with even more questions. I will certainly do some online research re "lossy compression".
Thanks for your time.
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It might help if you described what you were trying to do, then we might be able to provide more direct advice.
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I have a small, old photo that I scanned and repaired in Elements 8. I saved it as a JPEG file and I would like to enlarge and print it. However, after enlargment and printing, of course, the pixels are jagged and the picture is blurred.

Might there be a way to have the pixels multiply instead of just get bigger as I enlarge.

Would there be a better way to save rather than JPEG to offer a sharper image as its enlarged?

What tools might be available in this case to create a sharper image in Elements 8?

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Please don't create a new topic about the same question.
And if you're going to create a new topic, please try to provide a subject that describes the question/problem.
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You've already saved your image as JPEG. Unless you kept the original image in a lossless format (PSD, TIFF, etc.) as well, you've already lost much of the original quality by saving as JPEG.

How large is the image you have (pixel dimensions)?
How large are you trying to print it (physical dimensions)?