SmillaEnlarger

Enlarge photos without losing quality

Reducing a picture is quite easy, but what if you want to make it larger? You'll probably end up with a mixture of colored pixels that hardly resemble the original image. View full description

PROS

  • Preview window to check results
  • Doesn't overwrite the original file
  • Powerful algorithm with customizable settings

CONS

  • Not as intuitive as it could be
  • You probably need to play with sliders a bit before obtaining a good result

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Reducing a picture is quite easy, but what if you want to make it larger? You'll probably end up with a mixture of colored pixels that hardly resemble the original image.

Fortunately you can now use SmillaEnlarger, a very simple tool that enlarges images while keeping quality loss at a minimum. How does it manage to do that? Easy: by apply a quick resizing algorithm – created by the developer - that smoothes and de-noises the original image.

SmillaEnlarger features a simple interface, though it can be a bit confusing to use. There are two preview windows, one with the complete image and the other one with the area currently under the zoom grid. You only have to resize this grid by dragging it with the mouse to make the image larger. Use the 'Preview' button to check the results, and the 'Calculate' button to save the image in the selected directory.

The only thing you should bear in mind is that the first result you obtain may not be the best one – that is, it may look too artificial, almost like an oil painting. My advice is to fiddle with all the available sliders (sharpness, flatness, presharpen, dithering and de-noise) and try different combinations until you find the perfect mixture of size and quality.

With SmillaEnlarger you can enlarge images without losing too much quality, and obtain a pretty decent big sized picture instead of a bunch of blurry pixels.

SmillaEnlarger supports the following formats

JPG, PNG, BMP, PPM, TIFF, GIF
SmillaEnlarger

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SmillaEnlarger 0.9.0

— User reviews — about SmillaEnlarger

  • "AMAZING!!!"

    This program is incredible! I love its ability to easily enlarge images quickly!. More.

    reviewed on January 15, 2016

  • selfdriver28

    by selfdriver28

    "How to clear the window (dog-example) for own pictures? "

    I´m just starting SmillaEnlarger and the first problem arose. How can I delete the dog-example to put my own pic into th... More.

    reviewed on October 9, 2013

  • callum12

    by callum12

    "absolutely brilliant on my mac"

    i have been looking for a enlarger, as i have got a mac, it is sometimes a problem to find a program that is suitable fo... More.

    reviewed on August 6, 2012

  • xenubarb

    by xenubarb

    "Just Downloaded Yesterday"

    I've been using inadequate camera equipment to document local wildlife. Many pictures of bugs and birds, where the subje... More.

    reviewed on June 23, 2012

  • Tchur

    by Tchur

    "Very good for free"

    I sometimes wonder what people expect for free. It enlarges pictures without pixelation. Obviously it can't add informat... More.

    reviewed on August 31, 2011

  • lofty54

    by lofty54

    "Not bad, but not great"

    In answer to the above review. You cant see it in your add/remove programs because it was never installed! Its just a fo... More.

    reviewed on September 29, 2010