Best programs for ENLARGING photos?

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BigDaveinNJ

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I pretty much use IRFANVIEW for everything, including cropping, reducing etc... Are there any programs out there that are any better? I notice many of them use the same types of FILTERS.. such as Mitchell, B-Spline, Bell etc..

Are they all pretty much the same or are there other programs to consider?

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Howdy BigDave...

what are you trying to do? other than just upsizing...Irfanview will do all you need for the most part.

post a picture that you are not happy with what Irfanview did...

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The Lanczos filter in Irfanview is probably your best filter for most work. There are specialized programs that have filters some people find a little better than Lanczos. Genuine Fractals is popular as is QImage.
 
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It will also depend on how small the photo is you are trying to resize. Most photos won't enlarge bigger than double their size without problems, blurry images. I get around this by using a film scanner, that way I can enlarge any 35mm slide or film to approximately, 13x19.
 

BigDaveinNJ

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Thanks guys... I do like IRFANVIEW... I just thought there might be something out there a little bit better. PHOTOLADY.... you are correct. You can only enlarge a photo so much, before it begins to affect its quality.

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if you use Genuine Fractals you can upsize considerably
 
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etaf said:
if you use Genuine Fractals you can upsize considerably
You can upsize considerably with Lanczos and bicubic too if you don't mind soft images. Genuine Fractals is just a slight improvement. QImage has a filter that is claimed to be a little better and I personally slightly prefer stair interpolation (SI) to Genuine Fractals. None of them let you enlarge much more than any other though for a given standard of output. If you increase the size 4X you are going to get a soft image and it is hard to tell one method from another except for very close inspection.
 
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Also - to add to Slipe's advice - The generally accepted method of enlarging images (in Photoshop - no reason to suppose Irfanview would be any different) is to enlarge in 10% increments, not all in one go (& don't save and reopen each time if it's a jpeg).
 
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