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CS2 Vs. Plug-ins for Upscaling


Are there any plug-ins that do a better job that Photoshop CS2's Bicubic Smoother algorithm?


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2/4/2007 12:41:06 PM

 
Jon Canfield   I use Photoshop and the Bicubic option unless I'm going really large. By really large, I mean more than 4x the size of the original image. Then, I'll use either GF or Alien Skin Blow-up.
Jon


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2/5/2007 7:41:17 AM

 
  When do you choose over GF or Alien Skin?


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2/5/2007 3:18:20 PM

 
Jon Canfield   These days I use Blow-up only. It's faster and does slightly better. The new version of GF may change that though.

Jon


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2/5/2007 6:28:37 PM

 
Jerry & Karen Bengtson  
 
 
I did some testing on blowing up photos to a larger size.

I used a Canon 5D, ISO 100, Cropped to 8x10, 300dpi

I used four different methods

Fred Miranda’s Resize Pro - Cost $29.90
http://www.fredmiranda.com/

Alien Skin’s Blowup - Cost $199.00
http://www.alienskin.com/blowup/index.html

OnOne Software’s Genuine Fractals - Cost $159.95
http://www.ononesoftware.com/detail.php?prodLine_id=2

Photoshop CS2 with Vincent Versace’s method

I blew up the 8x10 to a 48x60 using all four methods
I blew up the 8x10 to a 96x120 using Resize Pro and PSCS2.
Genuine Fractals would not enlarge a photo to a 96x120.
Blowup has a software bug that changed the 96x120 to an 80x120.

Resize Pro which only costs $29.90 gave by far the best results.


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2/6/2007 5:52:05 AM

 
Jerry & Karen Bengtson  
 
  Resize Test 8x10 Image
Resize Test 8x10 Image
© Jerry & Karen Bengtson
Canon EOS 5D Digit...
 
  Resize Test 48x60 Blowup
Resize Test 48x60 Blowup
© Jerry & Karen Bengtson
Canon EOS 5D Digit...
 
  Resize Test 48x60 Fractals
Resize Test 48x60 Fractals
© Jerry & Karen Bengtson
Canon EOS 5D Digit...
 
  Resize Test 48x60 Photoshop CS2
Resize Test 48x60 Photoshop CS2
© Jerry & Karen Bengtson
Canon EOS 5D Digit...
 
  Resize Test 48x60 Fred Mirada Resize Pro
Resize Test 48x60 Fred Mirada Resize Pro
© Jerry & Karen Bengtson
Canon EOS 5D Digit...
 
 
I did some testing on blowing up photos to a larger size.

I used a Canon 5D, ISO 100, Cropped to 8x10, 300dpi

I used four different methods

Fred Miranda’s Resize Pro - Cost $29.90
http://www.fredmiranda.com/

Alien Skin’s Blowup - Cost $199.00
http://www.alienskin.com/blowup/index.html

OnOne Software’s Genuine Fractals - Cost $159.95
http://www.ononesoftware.com/detail.php?prodLine_id=2

Photoshop CS2 with Vincent Versace’s method

I blew up the 8x10 to a 48x60 using all four methods
I blew up the 8x10 to a 96x120 using Resize Pro and PSCS2.
Genuine Fractals would not enlarge a photo to a 96x120.
Blowup has a software bug that changed the 96x120 to an 80x120.

Resize Pro which only costs $29.90 gave by far the best results.


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2/6/2007 5:56:28 AM

 
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