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Old Nov 3, 2004, 6:56 AM   #1
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i saw posted previously software links for enhnacing our pics on the fz1 and need it for making 8x 10's.

can someone please post the links again?

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ps staples put the fz1 on clearnace so they do notprice match anymore. viking is still best price with 30 return policy no quesitons asked
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Old Nov 3, 2004, 9:37 AM   #2
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There are MANY image editors on the market now, and each will have their pros and cons.

For simple resizing of an image, try Irfanview (downloadable from http://www.irfanview.com ). It's free. Make sure to download the free plugins, too.

You'll find the ability to upsize or downsize an image under Image, Resize/Resample. I prefer to use the Lanczos algorithm.

BTW, I've printed numerous 8x10's from a 2 Megapixel Camera (even without resizing). A 2 Megapixel Camera will give you around 150 pixels per inch of detail at an 8x10" print size after cropping for the correct ratio of width to height.

This is usually the minimum you want to go with (8 inchesx 150 pixels per inch = 1200 pixels; 10 inches x 150 pixels per inch = 1500 pixels). So, after cropping (you have to remove some of the image for printing), you'd end up with a 1200 x 1500 pixel image for printing an 8x10.

But, you tend to get a little better quality if you upsample them to around 200 pixels per inch or so on some printers. I sometimes bring them up to 300 pixels per inch for compatiblity with other printer types (some dye subs work better that way). This works out to 2400 x 3000 pixels (7.2 Megapixels).

For other enhancements, I tend to use other products (depending on what I'm doing).

Are you planning to print your own images?

One popular package that will automatically interpolate your images for the printer selected is QImage Pro (so that you don't need to worry about calculating PPI needed, etc.). You'll also find a support forum here for this software. I have never personally used it, but users tend to really like it. Here is the download link (and they have a trial version you can try):


Here is the support forum (if you scroll down the forums list, you'll see it under Software, Printing, QImage 2003 Support):


Basically, you're going to find hundreds (if not thousands) of image editors available. Many are even free (like the irfanview I mentioned above, that I usually use for resizing).

Depending on what you are looking for in an editor, some are more sophisticated than others. I tend to use Paint Shop Pro for some things. It's apowerful editor, downloadable from http://www.jasc.com (and they have a trial version you can test).

Other users like Adobe products (Photoshop Album and Photoshop are popular choices). You'll see their products at http://www.adobe.com

To be frank, I use twoproducts that I gotfree for printing (but I'll enhance photos with other products first):

One is the HP Photo Printing Software I got with an HP Printer. The other is Epson Film Factory (I got some yearsback with an Epson Camera). I like the templates for printing multiple images at different sizes on the samepage with these products (but a product like QImage Pro also has similar templates).

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Old Nov 3, 2004, 11:49 AM   #3
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I use Acdsee Powerpack Pro 7 at http://www.acdsystems.com/English/Pr...DSee/index.htm

Very easy to use and yet very powerful....

Also I use ULead PhotoImpact for my webdesigning etc...


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The most popular software inindustry seems to be Adobe Photoshop. Thenewest version is called CS (http://Adobe.com). It is very effective in correcting and enhancing photographs. It is also very expensive, over $600.00 for the lastest version. Adobe also has a program called Photoshop Elements. The newest version is 3.0. I believe it is a scaled down version of Photoshop. I have never used it but it appears to be a good alternative to Photoshop and costs $99.00.I must say that I ampartial to Adobe,I use Photoshop 7.0 at work and really like it.

Another popular program is Paintshop Pro (http://Jasc.com). It retails for $129.00. It originated as a shareware type program and it's new Version 9 has some neat features. They were just aquired by Corel which also offers graphics software. I have this software as a backup to Photoshop because of the number of formats it can import and export.

If you are seriously trying to process photos at the highest levels, Adobe is what Iwouldrecommend,but it is expensive. If you just want to organize and print photos, I found a freeware program called Picasa. Ireceived a free CD from Wolf/Ritz Camera when I bought my FZ10 some6 months ago. I found it last weekend and installed it just for kicks. It is a really neat tool and Iuse it to organize and print. It alows me to control my printer functions to the highest levels and sets up the page automatically for the number and size prints I want. The good news is it is FREE. Check it out at http://Picasa.com.

Like JimC said, there are many options available and it comes down to what you really need and feel comfortable with. It took me 10 years to feel very comfortable with Photoshop (I fought it because I am a PC guy and it came from the MAC environment). There are so many different ways to do the same thing or get the same results. I learn a new twist or trick every time I usePhotoshop and there is a great support network on the web.

Good luck choosing a program that suits your needs.

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kaw wrote:
i saw posted previously software links for enhnacing our pics on the fz1 and need it for making 8x 10's.

can someone please post the links again?******

Thanks again,

If you're using Photoshop, and want to boost resolution to for an 8X10, I recommend Lizardtech's Genuine Fractals. It has a 100 uses free trial instead of a timed trial: http://www.lizardtech.com However, it's a Photoshop plug-in, so you'll need PS or an editor that is compatible.

A less expensive ($20.00) option for Photoshop is Fred Miranda's Stair Interpolation. This resamples the image in 4% increments for better results. You can do this manually, but it's tedious: http://www.fredmiranda.com/shopping/SIpro Some say this is equal or better than Genuine Fractals... I disagree but it's very good.

QImage is a printing and interpolation tool. It is very affordable ($45/ free trial) and has a great reputation, never used it myself, though: http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/

If you can't get Photoshop 7, or CS, Photoshop Elements ($65) is excellent. Gives you 2/3's of Photoshop and more than you need http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...857640-8786540 It will also run the PS plug-ins. Jasc Paint Shop Pro is also has an excellent reputations and some prefer (or have switched over to it...) it to Photoshop.

To sharpen photos, try Nic Sharpener... invaluable. Also a free trial available: http://www.nikmultimedia.com/products/usa/entry.php There's lots of other sharpening tool out there.

There are lots of good noise reduction SW out there. This one has a profile for the FZ-1: http://www.neatimage.com/

Hope this helps...

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Old Nov 3, 2004, 3:29 PM   #6
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great links thnx fellas

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After a lot of experimentation:

Photo Editor: PhotoBrush2 from http://www.mediachance.com Free trial. Very powerful $38 to buy. Corrects for pincushion/perspective distortion, excellent clear help file.

Print program: Qimage Pro http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage

Printer: Any of the new Canon photo printers. (Still use the older S900)

Bulk ink: http://www.inkjetgoodies.com (get the kit with six bottles of ink & replacement cartridges)

Paper: http://www.redriverpaper.com #1656 68lb UltraPro Gloss $30/100 sheets
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Old Nov 3, 2004, 7:53 PM   #8
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Like others I have tried many over the years. My favorite and most used was Photoshop CS (previous versions too) .... until I started working with the Paint Shop Pro Version 9 (www.jasc.com) a couple of weeks ago. I find it to be the best balance of ease of use and power. I really like:

1) The scratch remover tool, it's simple and it takes out laugh wrinkles and other undesirable facial features with one-step ease.

2) The fill-flash option, similar to others, but sure is handy and easy.

3) The one-step photo fix. Usually sees things better than my old eyes and about 90% of the time I like the results. The other 10% I just do a Ctrl-Z and undo.

There's a ton more features that you can learn as you go. Many online tutorials if you are so inclined.

Highly recommend you take the 60-day free trial. If you decide to buy you can find it on Pricegrabber.com for about $99. The software that came with your camera is good enough to get a $30 rebate off that.
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I have both Photoshop CS and Paint Shop Pro8 as well as several others. Both have their strong points. But try PhotoBrush for a change, you might find you like it better.
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Old Nov 5, 2004, 6:56 AM   #10
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Parallel -

How do you like Qimage? I was on their site last week, it really interpolated the heck out of images... up to 720 dpi for Epson. I tried this on my own (boosted res to 720) in Photoshop, then did at a regular ppi (1/3 of that). I really didn't see a difference on a 6X4.

Do prints look better with Qimage in your opinion?

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