Posted 14 July 2007 - 01:49 PM
"Follow What Can't Lie, The Evidence"
Posted 14 July 2007 - 05:35 PM
The default method of interpolation in Photoshop has long been bicubic interpolation. This method is fast, but is flawed because it averages colors together resulting in blurred edges and loss of detail. The most recent offering from Photoshop is Bicubic Smoother which is better than standard bicubic, but in the end, it is still just doubling pixels and then smoothing them. The result, averaged color values, blurred edges with some smoothing applied.
Genuine Fractals approaches the scaling problem differently. Before any scaling is done, Genuine Fractals evaluates the image. It then samples a larger area of the image than the bicubic methods to determine the new color values that are to be created. If the new color values are not within an acceptable range of colors - one that resembles the original image - those color values are adjusted so they match. The result is a much sharper image that retains much more of the detail found in the original "pre-interpolated" image. See for yourself in the image below. The enlarged portion of the image you see when the mouse is not over the image was "rezzed up" using Genuine Fractals. Mouse over the image to see the same portion enlarged using Bicubic Smoother. Note the details in the leaf and in the yellow paint that is retained when using Genuine Fractals.
That was from www.ononesoftware.com/detail.php?prodLine_id=2 which produce software that does this, it might be a bit over-kill though but I would guess its available from somewhere
Posted 21 January 2009 - 10:37 PM
Posted 14 February 2010 - 09:19 PM
I use General Fractals. It works as a plug-in for photoshop that will actually enlarge an image and keep the quality. The program has the ability to increase image size well over 1000% without the loss of sharpness or detail that you would normally expect.
It's the best program I have found for photographs.
Posted 17 May 2010 - 10:05 PM
The onOne Plug-In Suite 5 includes 6 award-winning programs to help solve the six most common problems photographers face in Photoshop. But don't just take our word for it - American Photo Magazine awarded the Plug-in Suite their Editor's Choice award for Top Image Editing Software and the professional photographers who read Studio Photography voted the Plug-In Suite the best plug-in for Photoshop in their Reader's Choice Awards.
With the Plug-In Suite, you get the most recent versions of the individual award-winning products from onOne including Genuine Fractals for resizing, Mask Pro for removing unwanted backgrounds, PhotoTune for color correction, FocalPoint for selective focus and PhotoTools and PhotoFrame for amazing photographic effects.
Genuine Fractals 6
Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition Photoshop plugin is the industry standard for image resizing.
It is renowned across the photographic and printing industries for its ability to increase image size well over 1000% without the loss of sharpness or detail that you would normally expect.
Its patented, fractal based interpolation algorithms work like nothing else and the results speak for themselves.
Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition is a must for any photographer who makes large format and poster sized prints.
It is also great for graphic designers who want to end the everyday problem of receiving low-resolution images from clients for high-resolution print work such as magazine publications or tradeshow and billboard graphics.
PhotoTools 2.5 Professional is the fastest and easiest way to add a professional look to your photos in Photoshop.
You get hundreds of professional-grade photographic effects, all wrapped up in an easy-to-use Photoshop plug-in making this the fastest and easiest way to make your photos stand out from the crowd.
The key to PhotoTools 2.5 Professional Edition is its unique ability to provide full-screen previews of an image effect before you apply it.
PhotoTools 2.5 is like Legos for Photoshop. You can stack multiple effects on top of each other just like you would filters over a camera lens.
You can then control the order of each effect and how they blend together for a truly unique look.
You can even save your effect stacks for future use and share them with friends who have PhotoTools, or access them inside of Aperture and Lightroom to speed-up your workflow.
Add the perfect finishing touch to your images with PhotoFrame 4.5 Professional Edition.
It features over a thousand design elements like film edges, borders, textures, backgrounds and adornments.
It even has complete layouts where you just drop your image in and you are done.
PhotoFrame 4.5 Professional Edition is the easiest and fastest way to add an authentic darkroom touch with a film edge or to create beautiful albums or scrapbook pages.
It includes all the tools you need to find the perfect design elements, add them to your image and control things like size, color and opacity.
You can even stack multiple elements to create your own designs and save them as a preset you can use in a single-click inside of Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture.
Focal Point 2
You control the focus with FocalPoint 2. Create realistic selective focus, depth-of-field and vignette effects that tell your viewers right where to look.
With the intuitive FocusBug controller it is just like using a tilt-shift or selective focus lens right inside of Adobe Photoshop.
Set your area of focus and then select a lens to simulate or create your own by controlling the amount and kind of blur, even in 3D.
With the new FocusBrush tool you can paint sharpness or blur where you want it.
Then finish things off with an elegant vignette. It has never been easier or faster to focus your viewer's eye and minimize distractions.
Great color, it's not as hard as you think.
If you can compare images side-by-side and pick the best one than you can easily color correct and enhance your images with PhotoTune 3.
PhotoTune 3 optimizes the dynamic range using eye-fidelity technology.
Additionally, PhotoTune 3 improves the color and sharpness of your image without the need to know how to use levels or curves in Photoshop.
If you photograph people, you can also tune your images by clicking on skin tones to guarantee accurate skin color. Pro users get access to all the controls for tone, color and sharpening.
Better images are just a few clicks away with PhotoTune 3.
For removing unwanted backgrounds, Mask Pro 4.1 is the Photoshop plugin recommended by Advanced Photoshop magazine. Mask Pro 4.1 allows you to cut out a subject from the background by assigning keep and drop colors and simply painting away the background. Mask Pro 4.1 makes it easy to create masks, selections and clipping paths on difficult subjects like hair, glass and fog all in real-time.
Mask Pro 4
For removing unwanted backgrounds, Mask Pro 4.1 is the Photoshop plugin recommended by Advanced Photoshop magazine.
Mask Pro 4.1 allows you to cut out a subject from the background by assigning keep and drop colors and simply painting away the background.
Mask Pro 4.1 makes it easy to create masks, selections and clipping paths on difficult subjects like hair, glass and fog all in real-time.
If you are new to masking and the subject is a little daunting, fear not.
Mask Pro 4.1 includes several built-in tutorials that allow you to quickly learn how to mask even the most complex image.
Posted 11 September 2010 - 02:14 PM
I've used onOne Plug-In Suite 5 in photoshop for a while now and never used "General Fractals" (certainly give it a go now)