GF Print Pro Features
New Scaling Algorithm
The patented scaling algorithm has been improved to provide even better results than before.
Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro adds native support for CMYK files in addition to RGB and Grayscale.
Take advantage of your multiple processors and watch Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro run faster than before.
Enlarge your layered .PSD files and maintain your layer structure without flattening
.STN as an Option
You are no longer requiree to save files in the .STN file format before enlarging. If you can open the file in Photoshop, Genuine Fractals can enlarge it.
Write a Photoshop Action and then turn Genuine Fractals 5 loose on a folder of files to automatically enlarge all of them.
Easily crop and resize your image to a wide range of included presets that covers the most popular print sizes from 8x10 to 36x40. Even create your own presets.
Save time by applying Luminosity Sharpening from within Genuine Fractals.
Fine Tune Your Results
For the first time ever, you control exactly how Genuine Fractals will enlarge your image by adjusting the two key variables in the patented scaling algorithm.
Add Film Grain
For those times when you need it, you can add any amount of film grain to give your image additional perceived sharpening.
The Industry Standard for Image Enlargement
Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro is the industry standard for image resizing. As a Photoshop plug-in, it is renowned across the photographic and printing industries for its ability to increase image size well over 1000% without the loss of sharpness or detail that you would normally expect. Its patented, fractal based interpolation algorithms work like nothing else and the results speak for themselves.
Better than Bicubic or any other resizing method
The patented, fractal-based scaling algorithm found only in Genuine Fractals is superior to any resizing algorithm found within Photoshop (bicubic variations) or in any other third-party plug-in or stand-alone application. There is some serious heavy-hitting math going on behind the scenes but basically Genuine Fractals examines your image for naturally repeating patterns and once it finds them, uses them to increase your image to any size you desire. The result is an enlarged file that maintains the edges and the color values from your original file without introducing any artifacts, blurring or halos around edges.
Why Should I Use Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro?
When you resize an image larger than the original requires new pixels to be created. This process is called interpolation and is also referred to as up-rezzing. There are several different methods, called algorithms, to calculate these new pixels. The most common method used by most pixel editing applications is called Bicubic Interpolation.
Bicubic, along with its newer variants, Bicubic Smoother and Bicubic Sharper, work by averaging a small group of neighboring pixels together to determine the color value of the new pixels to be added. While this method is fast, it does not distinguish edges so there is a uniform loss of sharpness and detail across the entire image.
If you find yourself working in a strict, CMYK color-managed workflow you will want to use Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro. If not, you can consider using the standard edition of Genuine Fractals.
Genuine Fractals in your Workflow
For most, using Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro should be the second to the last step in your digital workflow. After you have made all of your other adjustments including color correction, compositing, adjustment layers and retouching is when you should resize your file using Genuine Fractals. The final step would be to apply your preferred method of sharpening. Be sure to try the sharpening offered within Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro. The controls are similar to Photoshop's Unsharp Mask but the Genuine Fractals sharpening is only applied to Luminosity
Batch Processing with Genuine Fractals
By default Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro remembers its last used settings. This includes the scaling size. If you have several images that all need to be resized to the same time you can use a Photoshop action and the batch command to automate the process.
Genuine Fractals Print Pro 5
Full Version Price: 299.95 Upgrade Price: 69.95
- Current Version: 5.0
- Windows XP SP2 or Vista
Microsoft .Net 2.0 Framework or higher
Mac OS X
- Current Version: 5.0
- Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later
Universal Binary - Supports PowerPC & Intel Processors
- Photoshop CS2(v9.0.2) or CS3
Photoshop Elements 4 or later
512MB of RAM
25 MB of disk space
Adobe Flash Player 9
Internet connection for update checking & tutorial movies
Foreign language versions of Adobe Photoshop are not supported
Enlarge your images over 1000% with no loss in image quality. Genuine Fractals 5 simply produces higher quality and sharper results than traditional scaling methods in Photoshop® or in any other third party product.
- & Scale your images over 1000%
- Essential for large format printing
- Quality is better than Photoshop® bicubic smoother, 10% stair step interpolation or any other method
- Great for medium to high resolution images that need to be enlarged, cropped images or digital video still frames
How Many Pixels Do I Need?
That's a common question that we hear. To answer it you need to know two things, the size of the print you need to make and the resolution that your printer needs for the best results.
The size of the print is simply however large your printer can handle. The resolution that your printer needs may be a little trickier to figure out. Resolution is the density of the pixels for a given distance, usually measured in pixels or dots per inch. Most modern inkjet printers print anywhere from 1200 to 4800 dots per inch (what the printer manufacturers really mean is 1200-4800 droplets of ink per inch). Inkjet printers use many tiny round droplets of relatively few, 4-8 ink colors to reproduce one square pixel in your image that could be any of millions of colors. A common mistake is to set the resolution of the file to the resolution of the printer. In all but a few special printers this will result in huge files that will not print well, if at all.
The secret is that the human eye can not see much more than 250-300 pixels per inch. So the ideal resolution for your files should be close to this and be an even multiple of the printers resolution.
Once you know the print size and resolution it is easy to use Genuine Fractals 5 to resize your file to the desired output. Simply input the resolution and then either the print width or height. You'll see that the corresponding dimension is automatically filled in by Genuine Fractals 5 based on the proportions of your image.
Keep the proportions in mind because the proportions of films, digital camera sensors and papers can all be different. For example most digital cameras sensors are proportioned so that the height is two thirds the width or 1:1.5; While the most common paper size, in the US, is letter which is 8.5x11 inches or a about 1:1.25.
These kinds of proportion mis-matches are common and require that the original image be cropped to fit the proportions of the paper size. If your image cannot be cropped without ruining the composition then you will need to adjust your print size to longer dimension.
Why should I use Genuine Fractals 5?
Resizing an image larger than the original size requires that new pixels be created. This process is called interpolation or up-rezzing. There are many mathematical ways, called algorithms, to do this. The most common method used by default by many pixel editing applications is called Bicubic Interpolation. Bicubic along with with its newer variants bicubic smoother and bicubic sharper work by averaging a small group of neighboring pixels to determine the color value of the new pixels to be added. While this technique is fast, it does not distinguish edges so there is a uniform loss of sharpness and detail across the image.
Genuine Fractals 5 patented algorithms work differently. It starts by analyzing ever-decreasing sizes of pixel blocks in your image looking for repeating natural patterns at different sizes. These are known as fractals. Fractals are common, naturally repeating patterns found everywhere. For example, a river system viewed from space has the same shape as the veins in a leaf. These are both fractal patterns at very different scales. The great thing about fractal patterns is once you find them they can be scaled to any size without loss in detail. This allows Genuine Fractals 5 to resize your image over 1000% without losing sharpness and edge detail.
Unmatched Image Resizing
Genuine Fractals 5 can resize your images over 1000% and still maintain sharp edges and minute details. To give you an idea of how big that is, you could take a full-frame image from a six megapixel image and resize it to make a print of 10x15 feet at 180 ppi! It is a must for any photographer or artist who makes large format or poster sized prints.
It is also great for journalists, sports and wildlife photographers who may need to take a cropped section of an image and still make a high-quality print from it. Cropping can leave you with very few pixels to work with.
Save Hard Disk Space and Bandwidth
Increasing the size and resolution of a file results in a larger file on disk. You can reduce the disk space needed and bandwidth when transferring files by saving your files into the Genuine Fractals 5 .STN format which provides lossless and visually lossless wavelet compression to cut your file size in half or more. Now you can store twice as many images on your hard drive and upload them in half the time. Long time users of Genuine Fractals remember having to save files as a .STN file before being able to scale the image. In Genuine Fractals 5, any file that is opened in Photoshop can be scaled in one easy step without having to save as a .STN file first.
Broad File Support
If you work in a strict CMYK color workflow and need to increase the resolution of your images, look no further than Genuine Fractals Print Pro 5. Based on the same fractal-based scaling method as the standard edition of Genuine Fractals 5, Genuine Fractals Print Pro 5 adds support for CMYK images in addition to RGB, LAB and Grayscale images.
Batch Processing with Genuine Fractals 5
Genuine Fractals 5 can be automated easily by using a Photoshop action. By default, Genuine Fractals 5 remembers its last used setting - however, you can create a Photoshop action to resize an entire folder of images at the same time.
Not Just for Photographers
Genuine Fractals 5 is not just for Photographers, but anyone who needs to resize images. Graphic designers can end the everyday problem of receiving low resolution images from clients for high resolution print work. Genuine Fractals 5 can also help you create tradeshow and billboard graphics from average sized images. Genuine Fractals 5 is also commonly used by service bureaus as well as law enforcement and architects for resizing small files.
|Windows XP & Vista
Plug-in version: 5.0
Windows XP or Vista
| Mac OS X
Plug-in version: 5.0
Mac OS X 10.4.4 or 10.5 and higher
Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3 and Photoshop Elements 4.0 and higher