Resizing and Enlarging Digital Images. Printing huge enlargements from low-pixel count images is the first and obvious task handled by STOIK Smart Resizer software. 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. Reduce image size is often needed to create tiny yet detailed previews and thumbnails. The Built-In Tools. All photo editing programs 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 image 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 this version:
The updated STOIK Smart Resizer algorithm. The two additional scene-oriented image 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.