STOIK Smart Resizer, an advanced photo enlargement tool, with new and improved resampling algorithms. The updated STOIK Smart Resize algorithm features two new scene-oriented options for processing natural and artificial scenes. In addition, the newest release adds full Windows 7 compatibility, and integrates with STOIK*s latest version of a photo processing suite, STOIK Imagic 5. The two additional scene-oriented resizing modes apply newly designated algorithms to provide quality enlargements of landscape and natural images (*Natural Scene*), cityscapes or man-made objects (*Artificial Scene*). The *Natural Scene* resizing method applies advanced fractal-based algorithms that give natural look to landscape images with lots of irregular detail and natural shapes. In contrast, the *Artificial Scene* mode detects straight lines, gradients, curves and shapes, making it a perfect choice for resizing pictures of signs, architecture, cars, marinas, human faces, and artificial objects.
Printing huge enlargements from low-pixel count images is the first and obvious task handled by STOIK Smart Resizer. Posters, banner-size pictures and plotter jobs will benefit from a higher-resolution source. Some stock agencies require a certain minimum resolution for considering an image for acceptance. Reducing the size of an image is often needed to create tiny yet detailed previews and thumbnails.
The Built-In Tools
All photo editing applications have image resizing capabilities built into them. Some of them offer a choice between several algorithms such as Linear, Bilinear, and Bicubic. Advanced tools even distinguish between downsizing and enlarging the pictures. Why not just using the built-in capabilities to resize your pictures?
Most photo editors handle size reductions quite well, at least if you*re not trying to make a thumbnail of a 10 MP photo. When it comes to photo enlargements, the editors become surprisingly *dumb*. You*ll end up with an enlargement consisting of pixels duplicated as many times as needed to create the enlargement. Their *smart* enlargement algorithms will smooth the edges and apply some sharpening to the final image to create a sense of false detail, or false sharpness. In a word, if image quality is critical for the task, avoid using built-in image enlargement tools available in photo editors.
What*s new in STOIK Smart Resizer 2.
The updated STOIK Smart Resizer algorithm
The two additional scene-oriented resizing modes apply newly designated algorithms to provide quality enlargements of landscape and natural images (*Natural Scene*), cityscapes or man-made objects (*Artificial Scene*).
Full Windows 7 compatibility.
Integration with STOIK*s latest version of a photo processing suite, STOIK Imagic.
The Right Way to Enlarge Images
STOIK Smart Resizer handles image shrinking and big enlargements in a right way. Intelligent resize algorithms provide the best apparent visual quality while maintaining fine details. Huge enlargements up to 1000% are possible without sacrificing visual sharpness.
Smart Resizing Algorithms
The quality of the final result depends on the algorithm used for image interpolation. Conventional interpolation methods such as bilinear or bicubic are not sufficient for creating a crisp enlargement, producing blurred or artificially-looking images.
STOIK Smart Resizer includes an innovative Smart Resize algorithm, an in-house development by STOIK Imaging. The algorithm performs a thorough analysis of image content looking for common patterns such as natural textures, contours, and line art. Adaptive interpolation methods are then applied selectively to specific areas in the image. The result is stunning: up to a certain enlargement, you won*t be able to tell if the picture has been enlarged or was shot natively as a high-resolution image. No loss of visual sharpness is perceivable.
Printing from Camera Phones
Most cameras built into modern cell phones and communicators have quite low resolution. Typically, a 4x6 print is just about everything you can print without seeing the artefacts. STOIK Smart Resizer can upsize images taken with cell-phone cameras to make their resolution sufficient for quality prints and enlargements.