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It's not something you're doing wrong. When you resize a raster image (anything made of pixels), the program has to do what is called "resampling." In other words, it must approximate the color of the new pixels based on what you had previously. When you increase the size of the image, the program essentially has to "make up" data that wasn't there before to fill in all those new pixels added, resulting in a blurry or pixelated image.

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If re-sizing upward (making bigger) the 2D Image filter plugin can sometimes help.

http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?showtopic=24270

It puts the new image on the clipboard. 'Super Eagle works' quite well. Select File/new. Accept the suggested size then Edit/paste into the new image.

 

If resizing down, slightly sharpening sometimes helps.

 

But what Pdnnoob says is correct regarding making-up new pixel data when upsizing.

 

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