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Old Jun 5, 2009, 6:45 PM   #1
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Default Genuine Fractals ?

I just down loaded Genuine Fractals 6. demo.
it looks like it might be a good program...
Has anyone here used this program and what are your feelings regarding it?

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Old Jun 5, 2009, 7:17 PM   #2
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paul,
i have v5 i think.. have to ck.
my main PP program is PSCS4. even with the earlier versions it's the same..
this program is great.. BUT , unless you are going more than 3x reduction/enlargement then photoshop is as good and about 10x faster..
i've tested and find PS to even be close at more than 3x.. i've done comparisons at 1200% and higher. down to the actual pixel level where you're comparing actual pixels..
i'm very interested with your tests when you post them.. yeah, you will..
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Hi GW,

I've tried GF in the past, but haven't considered a different interpolation for more than a couple of years, so my opinion is based on 2+ YO information.

I use Qimage if I feel the need to get really high res image files, but I usually don't need to, so. . . I usually print at anything between 150 and 300+ DPI for 8x10s, and rarely have had the occasion to go larger. QImage is a photoprinting program that allows you to get the most out of your prints and the media you print on.

I don't know if you've seen this, but there are some very good comparisons at this site:

http://www.americaswonderlands.com/d...erpolation.htm

The information is at least 2 years old, so it won't include any real recent revisions of the interpolation algorithms, but I don't think that there have been any real breakthroughs recently (I certainly could be wrong about this).

For most stuff, I find SmartSize in PSPX2 works fine for me, but again, realize that I don't usually need more resolution.

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scott,
that's about what i'll print..
since switching to a wider format printer,13x19'', i've done some excellent prints but i tend to print at 8x12 or 9x13 and get 2 prints out of a sheet of paper. they love their 13x19'' papers..
i stocked up on glossy here when fry's ran a sale for 75% off canon. i've also got red river papers here in town that's more reasonable price..
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I use GF to enlarge and find it to be a woderful program to keep the sharpness of the original image, far better than PS. I never use it to make things smaller, I find PS to be just as good and much faster.

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Thanks guys,
I appreciate the comments. I've only played with it a little so far, on a couple of photos. so far I can't say I see a real difference in IQ on the monitor and I have to buy a new color cartridge for the printer before I can see if there is any improvement in that regard.
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BTW Roy, I'm John...
Paul's a tad shorter then me.
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No problem Roy, just giving ya a bad time.
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