Alien Skin Blow Up 2 is a Photoshop plug-in that provides high quality image resizing with results that are superior to bicubic interpolation or any other third party solution. Blow Up 2 makes advanced image scaling easy, preserves smooth, crisp edges and lines, and creates four times (1600% area) enlargements from any image without jagged artifacts or halos. In some cases, Blow Up can enlarge up to six times (3600% area) without obvious artifacts.
Blow Up 2 includes advanced features such as photo grain controls, enlargement-specific sharpening, and controls for output sharpening where users can choose a medium (paper type or Web) so Blow Up sharpens just the right amount. It also supports most most image modes, including CMYK. Blow Up also supports 16, 32 & 64-bit images and is optimized for multi-core and multi-processor systems. In addition, Blow Up 2 can be used to clean up overly compressed JPEG images mimizing or even eliminating the blocky effect seen in photos that have been taken off of the web.
Blow Up 2 now makes for a more streamlined wirkflow as well, it incorporates a batch process function, provides easy cropping with a crop to size tool, a Settings tab that lets you easily choose a standard output size and medium, such as 8x10 Inkjet Matte Paper. The interface has also been improved with a larger preview window and zoom controls.
These features make Blow Up 2 perfect for a professional photographer creating gallery prints from digital photos, as well as an amateur photographer creating a poster from a favorite snapshot. Graphic designers can now easily scale Web graphics up to print resolution or rescale everyday images for large format printing and outdoor advertising.