Actually As you long as you're not trying to make it bigger you shouldn't have problems! to what proportions are you trying to resize it? Are you constraining proportions?
you should be able to resize the SO without any quality loss!
Shaun, yes I'm sure. It's zoomed at 100%, and it still looks a bit distorted when I export the file. I'm not sure whether it's "really a vector" or not, how do I figure that out? all I know is that when I resize it to a bigger size, it looks pretty crisp and maintains its quality perfectly.
Here's a sample (from one part of the logo, because I can't show it yet) that shows the issue in some of the edges when the logo is smaller:
Can't the logo be just as crisp and sharp-edged when it's small?
Remember your images (your .jpg's, etc.) are made up of pixels and your eye's ability to see the image (to resolve the image) depends on how many of those little pixels you have in there.
The smaller the image and the lower the resolution... the fewer pixels you'd have.
Imagine trying to scale down a 600px square photograph of an aeroplane to just 3px square. All you're going to see are nine coloured pixels next to each other. There simply aren't enough pixels available to create a decent shape of the plane at that size.
Even if the plane was a vector illustration and had "infinite" scalability, at some point you're going to have to convert it to pixels when it's exported.
So I think that's your problem here.
You're shrinking down something gigantic into something tiny. It's so small that the edges cannot be properly resolved.
You might have better results if you used a vector program to scale the logo down, but even then it would look just fine in your preview but when you export it as an image file it would look just as fuzzy.
Trying to fill the unforgiving minute
with sixty seconds' worth of distance run.
Shaun, the large sample I've included was part of logo AFTER enlarging it. The original size is much smaller.
Also, this seems different than the airplane example you've mentioned. My logo is fairly simple with minimal details (just some squares and a border), is shouldn't be hard to maintain it's quality when it's smaller.
All I really need is that photoshop keeps the logo crisp and not try to smooth anything. You know, like when you turn the font settings from "smooth" to "none".