Microsoft KB Archive/252804

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Article ID: 252804

Article Last Modified on 9/7/2001


  • Microsoft Picture It! 2000 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q252804


If you open a low resolution picture (for example, 640 x 480 pixels) in Microsoft Picture It! 2000, and then add a higher resolution picture to the composite (for example, 1600 x 1200 pixels), the second picture is blurred or pixelated when you print the composite.

This symptom can also occur when you add text or shapes that you created in Picture It! 2000 to a low resolution image.


This behavior occurs because Microsoft Picture It! 2000 bases the size of a composite on the size of the picture that you open first.

When you add a higher resolution picture to a lower resolution picture in a composite, Picture It! 2000 reduces the resolution of the second picture to match the resolution of the first picture.

As a result, the quality of the lower resolution picture is reduced.


To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.

Method 1

If the composite contains no text or shapes that you created in Picture It! 2000, rebuild the composite.

First open the highest resolution (largest) picture, and then add the lower resolution (smaller) picture to the composite.

Method 2

  1. Click the Workbench tab, click Size & Position, and then click Change Picture Size.
  2. Make sure that the Maintain proportions check box is selected.
  3. Increase the size of the first picture to match the size of the second picture.

NOTE: You can still print the first picture in its original size.

Method 3

  1. On the File menu, click New.
  2. Create a larger blank image that is proportional in size to the original picture. For a definition of "proportional," please see the "More Information" section of this article.
  3. Drag the original composite from the filmstrip onto the new blank image.
  4. Move the composite to the lower-right corner of the blank image, and then drag the upper-right corner of the composite until the composite fills the blank image.

NOTE: To ungroup the composite, click the grouped objects in the composite, and then click the puzzle piece that appears inside the picture pane.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Picture It! 2000.


When two pictures are proportional in size, both the height and the width of the pictures are multiples of the same number. To make a larger picture that is proportional in size to the original picture, multiply the height and the width of the original picture by the same number.

For example, a picture that is 8 x 10 inches in size is proportional to a picture that is 16 x 20 inches in size.

NOTE: This issue does not occur in Microsoft Picture It! 99 (which is also known as Microsoft Picture It! 3.0).

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