Smooth Edges on Non-Vector Icons in Photoshop

Photoshop is an incredibly powerful tool in the world of graphic design, but even the most skilled designers can struggle with pixelation issues, especially when working with non-vector icons and logos. In this blog post, we’ll explore a unique method to eliminate those pesky pixelated edges.

The Problem

When you enlarge a non-vector icon, the edges can become pixelated, blurred, or even distorted. This is a common issue that can affect the quality of your work, making it look unprofessional.

The Solution

We have a counterintuitive yet effective method for you. First, you’ll need to blur the icon slightly using the Gaussian Blur filter. Surprisingly, this will make the pixelated edges smoother.

Next, we’ll add an Adjustment Layer and use the Curves option to sharpen those blurred edges back to clarity.

How to Do It

  1. Open your non-vector icon in Photoshop.
  2. Go to ‘Filter’, then ‘Blur’, and select ‘Gaussian Blur’. Adjust the Radius until the edges look smooth.
  3. Add an Adjustment Layer and select ‘Curves’. Align the points in the new window to the center line.
  4. Sharpen to your satisfaction, and voila! Your icon should now be free of pixelation and ready for any design project.


Now you know how to eliminate the annoyance of pixelated edges on non-vector icons. This quick and effective method will leave your images looking professional and polished.

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