Note that Genuine Fractals is now called Perfect Resize. To see more, visit my onOne Software Review.
Thanks for this review Trey! I have read good things about this software. Although I don’t need to have any resizing done to my images, I’ve been wondering if Genuine Fractals can be used to improve the quality of the images at their current size? If I have an image that has a lot of noise, it seems to me if I were to run it through this software at no quality loss and then resize it the noise would be reduced. Is this faulty logic?
I have used this many times and LOVE it! I often get people from work bringing me very low res small images they want printed large. There’s just no way to do it without this program. This has saved my butt MANY times and made me look like a hero.
Plus they are based here in Portland, Oregon. WOOHOO!!!
I am using this software often and I love it and I completely agree with you. It is awesome and does wonders. I am also using the PhotoFrame 4. It creates interesting edge effect and textures to photos. Check it out some time and maybe write a review.
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Samantha – I never thought of that. It does have a smart “Sharpening” feature, that you could probably use. You might have to re-size the image and make it a tiny bigger in order for the sharpening to kick in.
Thanks so much for this review, Trey! I’ve been curious about Genuine Fractals for some time, wondering if the hype was valid. Am definitely going to acquire this, as I’ve inherited the family slide collection and need a way to enlarge those tiny images to a frameable size. And every so often, I do manage to take a hang-worthy photo …
Cool – well I think you’ll have a good time with it.
How does this compare to Alien Skin Blowout?
Any ideas does it work outside of photoshop on its own or with any other editing software out there. I suppose I could go read up but if any knows would be great to know. Thanks!
Brian – I am not sure – but all my professional photographer friends in real life do use Genuine Fractals — I have not heard of any using Alien Skin – but this is anecdotal, obviously.
Stephen – I think it only works inside of Photoshop… but I may very well be wrong about that.
Do you use the sharpening component in GF to offset any softness induced from the resampling and maintain the same image sharpness as the original file?
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I think it would also be useful to have the before/after images blown up to the same size so it would be obvious just how bad it would be without using the software.
for small photos can use Reshade.com online
Trey, from your reviews, it appears we use the same software!
Okay, I give! Where is Secret Lake? Wow–what a great shot!
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Ivy – that lake – you mean in the photo? It’s a little waterfall and lake in Patagonia
Trey – can you show us for comparison the difference between using say PS with the 10% rule to get to a larger size, versus using Genuine Fractals to make the same size. I’d love to see a small section of an image blown up both ways – side by side.
Will Genuine Fractals work with Lightroom 2 or 3?
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i would also like to know how this compares to use of PS with the 10% increments alternating with sharpening.
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I just ordered the Genuine Fractals, so I haven’t had a chance to use it yet.
Question: When I use this on a photo to be enhanced, I understand the .jpg is changed to the
Genuine Fractals extension. So, can I change it back to the .jpg extension and keep the new
enhanced photo quality intact so I can send it to friends or photo publishers to work with?
I take a lot of wildlife and scenic photos and want to crop most of my photos, especially the wildlife ones, to be enlarged by publishers and I need the best quality prints to sell. I’m a semi-professional photographer (retired) who likes to make a few dollars now and then.
Does the Genuine Fractals program work with Photoshop Elements #9 (current edition) as a plug-in
or stand alone?
I also would like to know if I can use Genuine Fractals from within Lightroom 3, and/or Photoshop Elements 9. Thank you.
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