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Photo enlargement breakthrough from ON1

Image editing software specialist ON1 has come up with something  genuinely useful on the AI front: ON1 Resize AI is a resizing and photo printing tool which delivers better results – or as ON1 has it, ‘it’s the biggest improvement in resize history.’

Using AI technology it should deliver photographers far better results enlarging photos from low-resolution originals. It has good genes – it’s built on Genuine Fractals’ industry-standard resizing/interpolation technology, which ON1 acquired in 2005.

‘This all-new super-resolution technology will allow customers and any photographer to enlarge photos while quickly maintaining and recovering an incredible amount of detail and sharpness,’ the ON1 resize press release claimed.

‘It’s simply amazing,’ said Dan Harlacher, VP of Product. ‘We’ve been working on this project for quite a while, and everyone will be flat out amazed at how big they can make their photos. I’m still in awe of the results I can get using ON1 Resize AI.’

Photo enlargement beyond the pixel resolution of the image has relied on adding new pixels or resolution by copying those around them. This leads to enlarged photos with less detail, soft edges, and more noise. ON1 claims Resize AI uses deep machine learning to study different details – natural textures like tree bark, animal fur, feathers, grass, leaves, rock, and skin to man-made textures like concrete, fabric, or brick. Studying millions of examples of the everyday world allows the software to upscale photos and their textures ‘to virtually any size.’

Key Features
Crisp details:
ON1 Resize AI upscales your photo to the desired size and sharpens the final details like hairs of feathers;
Creating larger prints: Making poster-sized prints is where ON1 Resize AI excels. Easily crop to the paper size, AI-resize the photo, then print it directly or save the file to send to a photo lab;
Ultra-Resolution: Crop a portion of your photo and still have amazing quality and detail – ‘digital zoom’ post-capture;
Restoration, revival: ON1 Resize AI allows for remastering old images and making them larger, sharper, and cleaner than ever before;
Reduce JPEG artifacts: ON1 Resize AI can reduce the JPG compression artefacts while creating new details, leading to an increase in resolution and higher quality upscaled images:
Upscale video stills: Use Resize AI on a still frame captured from video editor to create high-quality prints;
Gallery Wraps: ON1 Resize AI’s unique gallery wrap feature can add reflected or stretched wings to the edge of your photo so you can make a gallery wrap without losing any image area;
Tiling: Divide the photo into tiles or strips to make it easier to print a mural. You control the size of the tiles and how much they overlap for trimming;
Batch processing: Enlarge a group of photos and control how they are named, what file type they are, where to save them, their metadata, and add watermarks;
Fill the Page: When image size or aspect ratio often doesn’t fit your printer you need to resize or crop. ON1 Resize AI combines these functions, making it easy to fill the page in a single step;
Easier Printing: When it comes to preparing your photo to print, knowing the proper resolution for your printer and the correct amount of sharpening for your paper choice can be daunting. ON1 Resize AI’s built-in presets make this a breeze. Pick the kind of printer, the type of paper, and the size;
Softproofing: View a simulation of how your image will look when printed based on specific printer and paper profiles;
Works as a Plug-in: ON1 Resize AI works as a standalone application and plug-in for Lightroom, Photoshop, Capture One, Affinity Photo, Apple Photos, and Corel Paintshop Pro.
Workflow Integration:  In Capture One and Lightroom you can batch process easily with powerful new resizing options. And in Adobe Photoshop it can handle layered files with masks, alpha channels, text, and adjustment layers in RGB as well as CMYK, Grayscale and LAB. Great for graphic artists and print agencies as well as photographers.

Price and Availability
ON1 Resize AI is available to pre-order, with April availability, as an individual plug-in and standalone application for a local price of $92.14 – a discount of around $60. It will also be part of the ON1 Professional Plug-in Bundle (on special at $154) which includes five of ON1’s professional plugins that work with photo editing applications like Lightroom, Photoshop, Capture One.

Resize AI will also be available inside ON1 Photo RAW 2022 in a future update.

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