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 2 is an automation plug-in and can only be used with the following host programs:
- Adobe Photoshop CS2 9.0.2 or later
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0.1 or later (Macintosh)
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 or later (Windows)
- PowerPC G5 processor or Intel processor
- Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
- Intel Pentium 4 processor (or compatible)
- Windows XP or later