Photo Zoom is the next evolution in image editing.
In 1724, Johann Heinrich Schultz, a German professor, first discovered that a silver and chalk mixture darkens under exposure to light. Nearly 100 years later, the first permanent photograph was made by Joseph Nicephore Niepce, a French inventor. Today, people cherish their photographs. Unfortunately, before the advent of digital photography, we had the problem of maintaining and rescuing our memories from time. Time tended to break down the paper that held our memories and so they became lost. In 1990, 160 years after the first permanent photographs, a software company developed a solution and a way to make time stand still. It was called Photoshop.
While the graphics editing software, Super Paint, dates back to 1973, Photoshop is easily the most recognizable and widely-used professional graphics editing software in use today. I use Photoshop on a daily basis. One of the tasks I use it for the most is resizing images. There are many times when I’m working on a project for a client where they send me elements (copy, images, etc.) and the images are only thumbnails. I will go back to them and ask for ‘high resolution’ images only to receive the response of, “That’s all I have.” While Photoshop allows you to resize and scale images as needed, it doesn’t clean up low resolution images or ensure that the product of enlargement won’t become distorted or pixelated. With that being the case, I have to do the best I can.
One evening when I was browsing the Internet, I found a piece of software called PhotoZoom by BenVista. I was amazed at what I found with this product. It’s primary purpose is to create larger images while producing higher quality results than any other software. PhotoZoom utilizes a technology called, “S-Spline Max,” which is patented by developer, Ben Vista.
I obtained the software for testing and was amazed at the results. Below is a series of photographs that were resized using PhotoZoom and Photoshop.
The original photograph has a resolution of 72 dpi. The second image is zoomed 200% with PhotoZoom also at 72 dpi. In comparison to the Photoshop resizing, you can see that the PhotoZoom example has cleaner lines and less digital artifacts.
The best part about this process is how quick it is. You simply open an image in PhotoZoom, change the size and adjust settings based on what you see in the preview window and then save. PhotoZoom even allows users to take low quality images and obtain acceptable results. In addition to the ease at which you can process a photo, the rendering time of the edited photograph is also very quick. In the tests that I did, PhotoZoom only took about 2 seconds to complete the processing on an image.
PhotoZoom comes loaded with 13 different presets to assist with image clean-up. These presets can be adjusted to suit your project’s needs. It also has 12 different resize methods including the aforementioned S-Spline technology. Users can even create their own custom profiles. This can greatly assist with workflow once you establish a favorite setting.
Another great feature of this software is batch processing. The nice thing about this feature is that the user are not confined to use one setting for all photos in the batch. Once photos are selected for the batch render, the user can choose settings for each individual photograph before processing. This feature is invaluable to someone who specializes in this type of graphics editing.
PhotoZoom Pro 5 retails for $199.99 and PhotoZoom Classic is available for $99.99. While this price might seem on the high side, I believe it’s worth it especially if you specialize in this type of graphic editing.
I highly recommend this software as an essential tool for any graphic artist. It’s easy to use, saves you time and money and outputs a great product.
Download Photo Zoom Pro 5 from the developers website here.