For years the standard go-to program was Genuine Fractals from onOne Software, which these days is called Perfect Resize 9.5. That’s still a great program, but with the newest version of Adobe Photoshop CC, our needs to strictly use that program has changed.
These days most cameras have plenty of Megapixels, usually somewhere in the 20 Megapixel range, which means you can crop away parts of your images and still have plenty of detail. But sometimes you’ll want to enlarge just a specific area and still keep all the details. Maybe you’re creating a composite or something and you want to blow it up 200 or 300% or larger? Another reason might be to enlarge a photo taken with your smart phone or a lower resolution camera. Whatever the reason, Photoshop CC can help you out.
This image here was taken with a Canon G15 a 12 MP camera. Times like these are when we usually went to third party software to do this quickly and easily. These days I’m happy with my results right in Photoshop CC.
Photoshop has had two options for enlarging images in the past, Preserve Details and Bicubic Smoother, but they really didn’t stand up most of the time when you needed to really enlarge your image. These options are still there, but they’ve been totally revamped in Photoshop CC and do an excellent job. I know a lot of our Photoshop friends these days are really into composites and with the newly improved algorithms inside Photoshop CC, which were designed for optimizing clarity and detail, I think you’ll be surprised.
The image of Bob the Duck was only shot at ƒ/4.0 and really wasn’t tack sharp to begin with, but it was blown up 500% from the original. What do you think? You really should try this out for yourself, I think you’ll be impressed.
As always, remember to keep shooting and have some fun.