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When I'm trying to view pixel art up close, chrome starts blurring the image. I want to make it so that even when the image is zoomed in, I can still see the pixels in crisp detail, not a blurred one.

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At the moment I don't think you can disable the smoothing algorithm that chrome uses that smooths out the edges of the images when you zoom in them. Unless there's an extension that does so or someone knows something that I don't know as of yet. – DuckDuckGoose Jan 9 '13 at 7:50
By zooming do you mean ctrl/cmd and +? – booyaa Jan 9 '13 at 16:49
@booyas, yes, that's what I mean. – Propeller Jan 10 '13 at 14:40

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This isn't possible directly from the browser.

The smoothing is applied via an algorithm and most modern browsers do similar and in IE, Firefox and Chrome there is no way to turn this off.!topic/chrome/AIihdmfPNvE

You do have other options, here are the 2 main points from the link above, both are Chrome addons.


You could apply the CSS code below in the browser, which will turn it off!

img { 
    image-rendering: optimizeSpeed;             /*                     */
    image-rendering: -moz-crisp-edges;          /* Firefox             */
    image-rendering: -o-crisp-edges;            /* Opera               */
    image-rendering: -webkit-optimize-contrast; /* Chrome (and Safari) */
    image-rendering: optimize-contrast;         /* CSS3 Proposed       */
    -ms-interpolation-mode: nearest-neighbor;   /* IE8+                */
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Unfortunately this doesn't work on Chrome (except on OSX). – lapo Oct 7 '14 at 12:58
How/where exactly would I need to 'apply' this in Chrome? – Nyerguds Dec 10 '14 at 22:10

I've noticed some issues with Chrome and Firefox when using GPU rendering with images. E.g.:

img {
    -webkit-transform-style: preserve-3d;
    transform-style: preserve-3d;

If you have any CSS statements with the following, try removing them and see if your image quality increases.

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