Best plug-in option for image enlargement please?

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Sep 20, 2018

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Hi all,

I am training somebody who is determined to use a fairly low resolution image (Approx 5000 x 3000) for a large format print. I have tried to persuade them that it's better to shoot at a higher resolution but , you know how it is. Please can you tell me what they're best option is for enlarging. I know they can rescan a print etc but I'm looking for a digital solution. Are there third party plug-ins that will do a better job than Photoshop's built in tools? After Effects has a great "Details Preserving Upscale" effect. Anything similar for Photoshop?

Using the Detail-preserving Upscale effect in After Effects

Thanks a million,

Angie

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Best plug-in option for image enlargement please?

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Hi all,

I am training somebody who is determined to use a fairly low resolution image (Approx 5000 x 3000) for a large format print. I have tried to persuade them that it's better to shoot at a higher resolution but , you know how it is. Please can you tell me what they're best option is for enlarging. I know they can rescan a print etc but I'm looking for a digital solution. Are there third party plug-ins that will do a better job than Photoshop's built in tools? After Effects has a great "Details Preserving Upscale" effect. Anything similar for Photoshop?

Using the Detail-preserving Upscale effect in After Effects

Thanks a million,

Angie

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Hi Angie

There is this from Topaz although I never used it myself

https://topazlabs.com/ai-gigapixel/

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Topaz AI GigaPixel review, image resizing software tested

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Thank you 🙂

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I use this and find it excellent.

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Doesn't work at all for me. Went through a week with Topaz support and finally got my money back.

 

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Have you tried the Preserve Details Resample methods?

preserveDetailsScr.jpg

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Yes, we tried these but it looks too “sharpened”. Conversley the Smoother option looks too “smoothed”

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Then blend to two together at 50% opacity  and try to add noise/grain, where does that get you?

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Any particular reason upsampling is needed at all? Will this be seen from much closer than normal viewing distance for whatever size is intended?

5000 x 3000 may not be state-of-the-art today, but not many years ago it was. If the file is good quality and carefully sharpened it should still work for almost anything.

The only reason to upsample, ever, is if you can see individual pixels. Even at billboard size, you have to get awfully close before you can make out 5000 individual pixels.

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Its for a large format art piece so will be viewed close up at a large size.

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OK, but then you need to decide just how much. Upsample as little as possible, just enough to avoid visible pixels, and then do a careful round of sharpening afterwards.

If I have to do this, I always use Bicubic Smoother, precisely because it doesn't sharpen on its own. You have much more control if you do it yourself. The ACR filter is excellent for this, since you can control the amount of halos with the Detail slider.

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Thank you. I'll give it a go 🙂

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