Home Junk as Art Ghost Towns Digital Photo Art Nature Fine Art Nudes Other Photos Bobbie Bingham Collage Gallery Digital Darkroom Photoshop Tips Lens Tests Monitor Tests Photo Links Rim Country Links Biography Nikon D2x Test Up rezing software Tests, etc. D200 vs D80 Nikon D300 Test Nikon D700 Nikon D7000 D7000/D700 Contact Info Rate Sheet HDR Software Tests Pricing


Comparing Uprezing Software

1- The photograph was taken with a D200 and the new Nikon 105mm f2.8 Macro VR.

2- The photograph was taken hand held with VR on.

3- I compared 3 methods: The first was PS CS3 using bicubic smoother. The second was Alien Skin Blow-Up (latest version). The third was Genuine Fractals 5.

4- I selected a 60" (5 feet) uprezing at 240 dpi, the preferred rez for my Epson printer. This would be a HUGE print. Final print (and samples) had USM of .4 at 150% and 0.

5- Bicubic smoother took 1.5 seconds  (I have an extremely fast computer). Blow-Up took 62 seconds. Genuine Fractals took 45 seconds.

6- I could detect very little differences at 100%.  Even at 200% some differences were observed with a slight preference going to bicubic smoother. A small section of this image was cropped, printed, and compared. I saw zero difference in the print.

7- Conclusion: Bicubic Smoother was 40 times faster than Blow-Up and a 5' print would show no difference.

Bicubic Smoother was  30 times faster than Genuine Fractals and a 5' print would show no difference.

Here are some cropped samples from each. If you have Photoshop, drag one onto the top of the other as a second layer. Make sure View - Snap is activated and the top image can be made to snap into place - exactly. Now simply click the top layer on and off to compare the images, pixel by pixel if you so desire.

Also. When viewing these images wait 5-15 seconds for the enlarged version to load. Then click on the arrows in the lower right corner of the image to get a huge enlargement.

These results are almost identical to ones I got over a year ago. I would be glad to test others, but not at the expense of purchasing them.



Bicubic Smoother     ( Click on image to enlarge.


Blow Up    Click on image to enlarge.


Genuine Fractals 5   Click on image to enlarge.

The funny symbols are GFs way of keeping me from using the image.



Full Image (downsized to fit the page) Click on image to enlarge.