How to upscale Midjourney Images for Print - All You Need to Know

26 Jan 202442:58

TLDRThis tutorial guides viewers on how to upscale digital images for high-quality prints or digital downloads. It covers the basics of image resolution, the difference between JPEG and PNG formats, and how to use Photoshop for upscaling and formatting. The video also explores automation for efficiency, compares various upscaling tools, and discusses the importance of batch processing and workflow optimization for selling artwork online.


  • 🖼️ Preparing digital images for print involves upscaling, formatting, and improving resolution for AI-generated artwork or other digital images.
  • 🔍 Image resolution refers to the number of pixels in an image, with raster images like JPEG and PNG being common formats, differing in compression methods.
  • 🗜️ JPEG images use lossy compression, reducing file size at the cost of quality, while PNG uses lossless compression, maintaining quality but resulting in larger file sizes.
  • 🎨 For editing and processing, PNG is recommended due to its quality preservation, with conversion to JPEG for online sharing or printing.
  • 📏 Image resolution is measured in PPI (pixels per inch) for digital images and DPI (dots per inch) for printed images, often used interchangeably in digital art.
  • 📈 To calculate the optimal print size, multiply the desired print size by the standard 300 DPI to get the required pixel dimensions.
  • 🔧 Photoshop allows adjusting image resolution and pixel density, with options to resample the image for upscaling, using AI models to fill in pixel information.
  • 🛠️ Specialized upscalers like Topaz Gigapixel can outperform Photoshop, offering high-quality results and batch processing capabilities.
  • 🔄 Automating workflows in Photoshop, using actions and batch processing, can streamline the process of editing, upscaling, and preparing images for print or digital download.
  • 🌐 Online upscalers such as Magnific AI provide an alternative for upscaling images, especially useful for those with limited computing power.
  • 📁 The final steps involve converting images to JPEG, resizing for various aspect ratios, renaming files, and uploading to cloud storage for sharing.

Q & A

  • What is the main topic of the video script?

    -The main topic of the video script is how to upscale digital image files for print, including AI-generated artwork, and prepare them for various uses such as digital downloads, print on demand, or private sales of high-quality prints.

  • What are the differences between raster and vector images mentioned in the script?

    -Raster images are made up of a matrix of pixels and are commonly used in formats like JPEG and PNG. Vector images, on the other hand, are not mentioned in detail, but they are typically defined by mathematical formulas and can scale indefinitely without loss of quality.

  • Why might JPEG images have a lower quality after multiple edits and saves?

    -JPEG images undergo lossy compression, which reduces file size significantly but permanently deletes some image data during the process. With each edit and save, more data is lost, leading to a degradation in image quality over time.

  • What is the main advantage of using PNG files over JPEG files?

    -PNG files use lossless compression, meaning no data is lost when the image is compressed. This maintains the image quality regardless of how many times the file is edited and saved, unlike JPEG files.

  • What does PPI stand for and what does it measure?

    -PPI stands for pixels per inch, and it measures the resolution of a digital image by counting the number of pixels within a given linear inch.

  • How can one check the PPI of an image in Photoshop?

    -In Photoshop, the PPI of an image can be checked by opening the image and navigating to the 'Image Size' under the 'Image' tab in the main menu bar.

  • What is the standard DPI for printed artwork?

    -The standard DPI (dots per inch) for printed artwork is at least 300, which ensures a high-quality print.

  • What is resampling in the context of Photoshop and why is it used?

    -Resampling in Photoshop is the process of adding or removing pixels to adjust the image's dimensions and/or resolution to the values chosen by the user. It is used to upscale or downscale images while maintaining the desired print quality.

  • How can one automate the image upscaling process in Photoshop?

    -The image upscaling process in Photoshop can be automated by recording a Photoshop action that includes the desired upscaling steps and then using batch processing to apply the action to multiple images.

  • What are some factors to consider when choosing an image upscaling software?

    -Factors to consider when choosing an image upscaling software include the quality of the upscaled images, the ability to batch process and automate workflows, the cost of the software, and the compatibility with other tools in your tech stack.

  • Why is it recommended to upscale images to their maximum size before cropping to different aspect ratios?

    -Upscaling images to their maximum size before cropping ensures that the images maintain high resolution and quality across all aspect ratios. This method provides a better starting point for various print sizes and aspect ratios, ensuring the best possible print quality.

  • What is the purpose of converting PNG files to JPEG files after upscaling?

    -Converting PNG files to JPEG files after upscaling is done to make the files more versatile and easier to store, as JPEG files are generally smaller in size and widely supported for online sharing and printing.

  • How can one automate the process of renaming and organizing files after upscaling?

    -The process of renaming and organizing files after upscaling can be automated using tools like the Bulk Rename Utility, which allows for batch renaming of files and folders based on custom presets.

  • What are some popular cloud storage services for sharing digital artwork?

    -Some popular cloud storage services for sharing digital artwork include Google Drive, Playbook, and WeTransfer, each offering different storage capacities and sharing options.



🖼️ Preparing Digital Images for Print

The video script begins with an introduction to the process of preparing digital images for print, focusing on upscaling, formatting, and improving image resolution for various purposes such as digital downloads, print on demand, or private sales. It emphasizes the difference between raster and vector images, explaining that raster images, commonly in JPEG and PNG formats, are made up of pixels and can vary in quality due to compression methods. The script also discusses the importance of image resolution, measured in PPI for digital images and DPI for printed images, and how these measurements can affect the quality and scale of the prints.


🔍 Understanding Image Resolution and File Formats

This paragraph delves deeper into the concepts of image resolution and file formats. It clarifies the difference between lossy compression used in JPEG images, which reduces file size at the cost of quality, and lossless compression used in PNG images, which maintains quality but results in larger file sizes. The script also highlights that PNG is the only format that supports transparency. Additionally, it provides practical advice on checking image PPI/DPI using Photoshop and Windows File Explorer, and mentions online tools for analyzing image DPI.


📏 Calculating Image Resolution for Print

The script explains how to calculate the necessary resolution for an image intended for print, using the standard of 300 DPI for printed artwork. It provides a step-by-step example of how to determine the pixel dimensions required for a large format print, such as a 20x30-inch poster. The paragraph also addresses misconceptions about pixel density and resolution, and how images with the same pixel dimensions can have different resolutions. It introduces the concept of resampling in Photoshop, which is used to adjust image resolution without changing the pixel count.


🛠️ Upscaling and Editing Images in Photoshop

This section discusses the technical process of upscaling images in Photoshop, including the use of resampling to adjust image resolution. It mentions the use of AI models in Photoshop for upscaling and the impact on image quality. The script also compares different upscaling tools, such as Topaz Gigapixel, which is known for high-quality results and offers batch processing capabilities. The importance of workflow optimization for productivity, especially when preparing artwork for digital platforms like Etsy, is highlighted, along with the benefits of using software that integrates well with Photoshop.


🌐 Exploring Online Upscaling Tools

The script introduces online upscaling tools as an alternative to local software like Photoshop and Topaz Gigapixel, particularly for users with limited computing power. It mentions Magnific AI as a promising online upscaler, discussing its subscription-based pricing model and the variable costs associated with different scale factors. The paragraph also encourages viewers to subscribe for future content on various upscaling tools and provides a sample image generated with mid-journey AI as an example.


🎛️ Using Photoshop's Super Zoom and Gigapixel AI

This paragraph focuses on upscaling images in Photoshop using the Super Zoom feature, which is part of the AI-powered Neuro Filters. It explains how to access and use Super Zoom, including options for enhancing image details and removing JPEG artifacts. The script also covers the Topaz Gigapixel AI integration within Photoshop, detailing the process of selecting an AI model, adjusting settings, and applying upscaling. A comparison of different upscaling methods and the importance of testing upscaled images through print are discussed.


🔄 Automating Image Upscaling Workflow in Photoshop

The script outlines the process of automating the image upscaling workflow in Photoshop to increase efficiency and productivity. It describes how to create a source folder for artwork, an output folder for upscaled images, and how to record a Photoshop action to automate tasks. The paragraph explains the steps to record an action, including naming conventions, performing tasks like upscaling with the Super Zoom filter, and saving the image to the designated output folder. It also touches on troubleshooting actions and the importance of consistency in preparing images for automation.


🖊️ Batch Processing and Automating Image Tasks

This section describes how to use batch processing in Photoshop to apply recorded actions to multiple images at once. It explains the process of selecting the action, choosing source and destination folders, and setting up file naming and saving options. The script also provides advice on avoiding common issues with batch processing, such as overwriting existing files, and emphasizes the importance of setting up a proper file naming sequence to prevent this problem.


✂️ Resizing Images for Different Aspect Ratios

The script discusses the process of resizing upscaled images to fit various aspect ratios commonly used for printed images. It suggests starting with the largest size an image will be printed and then cropping down to smaller sizes, explaining the use of standard print sizes and their corresponding pixel dimensions at 300 PPI. The paragraph also covers the use of custom aspect ratios and saving these as presets in Photoshop for quick selection during the cropping process.

📁 Converting and Organizing Images for Sale

The final paragraph covers the steps of converting PNG files to high-quality JPEG files using Photoshop's Image Processor, renaming files using the Bulk Rename Utility, and uploading the organized images to a cloud storage service for sharing. It provides specific settings for the Bulk Rename Utility and discusses the convenience of using Google Drive for sharing digital artwork, especially when selling on platforms like Etsy. The script also mentions other file-sharing services and concludes with an invitation to subscribe for more content on AI-related topics.




The term 'upscale' in the context of the video refers to the process of increasing the resolution of digital images to make them suitable for high-quality print. It is a fundamental concept in the video, as it discusses various methods to enhance the pixel density of images, whether they are AI-generated or digitized, for better print quality. For instance, the script mentions upscaling an image from 72 PPI to 300 PPI to prepare it for a 20x30-inch print.


Resolution, in the video, is defined as the number of pixels within an image, which determines the level of detail and clarity, especially when the image is viewed or printed at a larger scale. It is measured in PPI (pixels per inch) for digital images and DPI (dots per inch) for printed images. The script explains that higher resolution leads to more detailed images, which is crucial for print purposes.

💡Raster Images

Raster images are composed of a matrix of pixels and are one of the two main types of image files mentioned in the video, the other being vector images. The script differentiates raster images by their pixel-based composition, which makes them suitable for upscaling, but also prone to quality loss during compression, unlike vector images which are resolution-independent.


JPEG is a common raster image file format discussed in the video. It uses lossy compression, which significantly reduces file size but at the cost of some image quality due to the permanent deletion of data during the compression process. The script mentions that JPEG files are easier to store but cautions against repeated editing and saving due to the cumulative quality loss.


PNG, or Portable Network Graphics, is another raster image format highlighted in the video. Unlike JPEG, PNG uses lossless compression, meaning no data is lost when the image is compressed, thus maintaining quality over multiple edits and saves. The script points out that PNG is preferable for images requiring transparency or higher quality preservation.


Transparency in images refers to the property of an image that allows parts of it to be see-through, which is crucial for certain designs, especially in layers or composite images. The video script specifies that only the PNG format can handle transparency, making it a necessary choice for images that incorporate this feature.

💡Batch Processing

Batch processing is the automated handling of multiple tasks or files at once, which is a key concept in the video when discussing the optimization of productivity. The script mentions the importance of batch processing for preparing artwork for digital downloads or print on demand, where multiple image files need to be edited, upscaled, and formatted efficiently.

💡Topaz Gigapixel

Topaz Gigapixel is a specialized image upscaling software mentioned in the video as an alternative to Photoshop for enhancing image quality. It is known for producing high-quality upscaled imagery and offers batch processing capabilities. The script compares Topaz Gigapixel with Photoshop's upscaling capabilities and discusses its integration within the Photoshop environment.


Automation in the video refers to the use of recorded actions in Photoshop to streamline and expedite the process of editing and upscaling multiple images. The script provides a step-by-step guide on recording actions for upscaling images and using batch automation to apply these actions to multiple files, thereby reducing manual workload and increasing efficiency.

💡Aspect Ratio

Aspect ratio is the proportional relationship between the width and height of an image, expressed as two numbers (e.g., 2:3). The video script discusses the importance of resizing images to standard aspect ratios for print, such as 1:1, 2:3, and 3:4, which are commonly used in various print formats and help in preparing images for different print sizes.


Demonstrates how to prepare digital image files for print to be sold as digital downloads or used for print on demand.

Explains the process of upscaling, formatting, and improving the resolution of images, including AI-generated artwork.

Differentiates between raster and vector images, focusing on the pixel matrix of raster images commonly used in JPEG and PNG formats.

Details the lossy compression of JPEG images and the lossless compression of PNG images, affecting file size and quality.

Advises using PNG format for editing and processing images due to its retention of quality and transparency support.

Clarifies the concept of image resolution measured in PPI for digital images and DPI for printed images.

Guides on how to check the PPI of an image in Photoshop and the DPI through computer file explorer.

Introduces online tools for analyzing image DPI and the importance of the correct PPI for print preparation.

Discusses the standard printed artwork resolution of at least 300 DPI and how to calculate the optimal upskilled image length.

Cautions that not all images with high pixel dimensions have a pixel density of 300 PPI, emphasizing the need for proper upscaling.

Illustrates how to use Photoshop's image size dialog box to adjust resolution and resample images for print.

Compares the effectiveness of Photoshop's upscaling with specialized software like Topaz Gigapixel for image quality.

Highlights the benefits of batch processing and automating workflows for efficiency in preparing images for sale or print.

Suggests using online upscalers like Magnific AI as an alternative for those with limited computing power.

Provides a step-by-step guide on using Photoshop's Super Zoom feature for upscaling images with AI assistance.

Recommends testing the quality of upscaled images by sending them to print and comparing different upscaling methods.

Shows how to automate the upscaling process in Photoshop using actions and batch processing for increased productivity.

Advises on the importance of keeping the tech stack minimal for streamlined workflows in image editing and processing.

Provides a comprehensive guide on resizing images to standard print sizes and aspect ratios for various applications.

Details the process of converting PNG files to high-quality JPEG files for easier storage and sharing.

Suggests using bulk rename utilities for efficient file management and provides tips for bulk file deletion.

Recommends cloud storage services for storing and sharing digital artwork, with a focus on Google Drive and its sharing features.