Engelmann Photo Blowup Review & Giveaway


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  1. Ken Purvis
  2. Hovsep Avedissian
  3. Brian Merskey
  4. Steve Knapp
  5. Shawn Irfan

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engelmann-logoEngelmann has generously offered our DCT readers a chance to win one of five licenses for their Photo Blowup software. These licenses are currently valued at $33.33 (US) each.

“Photo BlowUp reconstructs the details of your images and allows a magnification of up to 700%! Even if you have high-resolution pictures and want to print poster photos on canvas or XXL posters, you quickly reach the limits of your pictures and the prints look pixel or unclean. And that’s exactly why we developed Photo BlowUp: Change the image size and get brilliant and sharp images!” ~ Engelmann

This contest will be active beginning Monday, August 26 and will expire at midnight Thursday, September 5, 2019.

System Requirements, Features

  • Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 (both 32- and 64-bit)
  • Includes Photoshop plugin for Photoshop and compatible programs like Paintshop Pro, Corel Photo Paint, and Corel Draw
  • Besides JPG, BMP, TIFF, PCX and GIF, many RAW formats are supported, e.g.: raw, crw, orf, 3fr, nef, raf, mrw, nrw, dng, cr2, arw, x3f, rw2

Installation

Installation is fast and easy. Agree to their ToS and Privacy Policy and click the Install button. when the installation has finished you will be asked for a license key to activate the program, or you can click Try to give it a chance for a day which should be plenty of time for it to show off its stuff.


Ease Of Use

Main Screen

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When you first run Photo Blowup the main screen defaults to your My Pictures folder. I have highlighted a few other items on this screen other than the familiar directory in the left panel:

  • Program options
  • Sorting options
  • Layout options

Clicking the Help button in the upper-right corner will open a page on the Engelmann site which describes the functions of the program.

I don’t keep my images in the My Pictures folder, so we’ll go elsewhere to find them.

Enlarging A Small Image

Here is one of my favorite little froggy pictures. The original dimensions are 150 x 107 pixels and it is a JPG file:


froggy

The JPG format compresses images and loses some detail in the process. This is especially noticeable where text is involved as you can see in the above image of my little friend. (I live a simple life, don’t ya know.)

Here is the image blown up to an incredible 900 x 642:

photo-blowup-froggy-image

That’s 6x the original and the quality has been maintained according to the original. The text is probably no worse for wear than it was in the original photo. That’s a truly amazing result!

Here is a comparison of the results from Photo Blowup and from another program I usually use to manipulate images:


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Froggy Example Image

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Photo Blowup Froggy Example

I think the Photo Blowup result is clearly the better one. (You can click on these images to see them enlarged.)

Conclusion 👍

Photo Blowup does what it says it will do right out of the tin.The examples in this post were using a very small, poor quality image. The results will vary wildly but if it works this well on a poor image, imagine how good larger, more detailed images will become.

I like programs that are focused on one single task. “Do one thing at a time and do it very well.” That’s Photo Blowup in a nutshell.

How To Enter The Contest

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Photo BlowUp reconstructs the details of your images and allows a magnification of up to 700%! Even if you have high-resolution pictures and want to print poster photos on canvas or XXL posters, you quickly reach the limits of your pictures and the prints look pixel or unclean. And that’s exactly why we developed Photo BlowUp: Change the image size and get brilliant and sharp images! ~ Engelmann
  • This contest will be active beginning Monday, August 26 and will expire at midnight Thursday, September 5, 2019. Winner(s) will be chosen by random drawing and will be notified by eMail
  • Winner(s) must claim their prize within five (5) days
  • The Winner(s) will also be announced at the top of this page

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About the Author

Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.

2 Comments

  1. I have been in the sign business for thirty four years. And have had many customers give me some of the worst artwork imaginable, to be applied to their sign. This program sounds like something that might help me a lot.

  2. On several occasions I have wanted to increase the size of a picture without losing the resolution, but never knew there was a program to do this. Sounds like this would be a great program to do this.

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