Alien Skin Blow Up 126.96.36.1996 (x86/x64) Plugin for Adobe Photoshop | 23.21 Mb
Plugin Blow Up for Adobe Photoshop offers the highest quality image resizing available, better than bicubic interpolation and any other third party solution. Blow Up makes advanced image scaling easy, preserves smooth, crisp edges and lines, and creates four times (1600% area) enlargements from any image without jagged artifacts or halos. In some cases, Blow Up can enlarge up to six times (3600% area) without obvious artifacts.
Blow Up includes advanced features such as photo grain controls, enlargement-specific sharpening, and support for most image modes. Blow Up also supports 16- and 32-bit images, is optimized for multi-core and multi-processor systems, and works with most image modes, including CMYK. These features make Blow Up perfect for a professional photographer creating gallery prints from digital photos, as well as an amateur photographer creating a poster from a favorite snapshot. Graphic designers can now easily scale Web graphics up to print resolution or rescale everyday images for large format printing and outdoor advertising.
Image Quality: Blow Up® 2 is a Photoshop® plug-in that produces enlargements dramatically sharper than any other software, especially Photoshop! Blow Up uses an innovative algorithm that temporarily converts pixels to a vector representation which results in perfectly smooth, crisp edges. Simulated texture and film grain keep photos looking natural even in extreme enlargements. Blow Up can even clean up JPEG compression artifacts when a client insists on using a low quality source image from the Web.
Simplicity and Time Savings: Preparing photos for print can be surprisingly tedious, often requiring a pile of sticky notes with calculations involving dpi, aspect ratio, and cropping sizes. New features in Blow Up 2 are designed to take the complication out of this process.
Over 100 presets for common output sizes are available that make cropping and resizing easy to do in one step. When you load a preset, Blow Up 2 makes an intelligent guess about where to crop the image using the Auto Crop feature. The Auto Rotate feature adapts the preset to match your photo’s orientation. Blow Up applies the proper amount of output sharpening based on the paper type you choose.
Resizing many photos at once is now easy to do in a single step with Blow Up’s built-in batch processing tool. This tool is much easier to use than the multi-step process of creating a Photoshop action and then running it with Photoshop’s batch command.
Technology: Every bit of the latest technology has been added to Blow Up 2. Blow Up takes advantage of multi-processor and multi-core systems. The more processors/cores, the faster it runs. Even with just a plain old single processor, Blow Up 2 runs faster than Blow Up 1.
Blow Up handles the most sophisticated images demanding professionals can throw at it. Nearly every color space is supported, including Grayscale, Duotone, RGB, CMYK, and Lab. Most image resizing software only supports RGB color space and you have to pay an extra $140 to get CMYK support from our main competitor. All bit depths are supported, including 16-bits/channel (for Raw images) and 32-bits/channel (for HDR images). Blow Up is the only resizing plug-in that supports 32-bits/channel images.
Blow Up can now resize up to the limit of Photoshop’s image dimensions, which is 300,000 pixels. Of course, a square image that big would choke Photoshop, but if you need to make a billboard or a bus wrap and Photoshop can handle the image, now Blow Up can too. Most other image resizing plug-ins can’t make photos larger than about 30,000 pixels on a side.
Blow Up is the first major Photoshop plug-in that will work in the upcoming Windows 64-bit version of Photoshop CS4.
Image quality is improved in many ways. Results are sharper, both during upsizing and downsizing. Noisy images are handled better. Research from our Exposure product was used to improve simulated grain. You now have control over simulated natural texture.
In this extreme enlargement (400% on a side), notice how much sharper Blow Up’s results are (LEFT) compared to Photoshop’s bicubic method (RIGHT).
There are now controls for output sharpening. Just choose your medium (paper type or Web) and Blow Up sharpens the right amount.
There is now a slider for cleaning up overly compressed JPEG images. When a client insists on giving you a blocky photo they found on the web, you can clean it up during the resizing process.
Easy Batch Processing
There is now a batch processing tool that comes with Blow Up 2. This requires much less clicking than recording a Photoshop action and then running Photoshop’s Automate->Batch command.
Previewing and Cropping
The previewing system has been completely redesigned. Zooming and cropping are integrated for improved workflow. The Crop to Size Tool is an easy way to crop and resize to a specific output size at the same time. Previewing is faster on multi-processor or multi-core computers.
There is now a Settings Tab with over 100 presets. You can also save your own settings. Settings let you easily choose a standard output size and medium, such as 8x10 Inkjet Matte Paper. Proper output sharpening is applied to match the paper type. Presets automatically rotate to fit the orientation of your image and find a suitable crop area.
You can resize up to 300,000 pixels per side, the maximum Photoshop can handle. Of course, Photoshop would choke on a square image that big, but if you are making a billboard that Photoshop can handle, so can Blow Up 2!
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