PhotoZoom Pro 2 is a professional-level tool that lets you take
create high-quality enlargements from digital images.
The stand-alone program works with TIFF, JPEG, PNG, TGA, BMP,
and TIF files and offers a wide range of color models (RGB, CMYK,
Grayscale), channel types (8-bit, 16-bit, alpha), and profiles
(ICC, EXIF, IPTC). The download includes a plug-in that’s
compatible with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Corel Paint
Shop; this plug-in works with a wider range of file formats,
including PSD, EPS, and RAW.
To test the program I enlarged a 2.5-by-1.65-inch image using
BenVista’s proprietary S-Spline XL resize method, which is the
default. Doubling the size yielded excellent results, crisp and
clear. Tripling the size resulted in some pixelation and fuzziness.
Quadrupling the size yielded general fuzziness and some digital
noise. However, you aren’t limited to using the default parameters.
In addition to choosing the resize method, you can select from a
list of preset adjustments that includes “Reduce noise/artifacts.”
Selecting this option removed the digital noise completely and
yielded much better results, but the enlargement still looked soft,
almost fuzzy. I fine-tuned the image by clicking a double-arrow
button next to the presets menu and tweaking a range of settings,
including Sharpness, Artificial detail, and more. Ultimately, I
ended up with a very good quality 10-by-6.6-inch enlargement from a
The Photoshop Elements plug-in is accessible via the File,
Export menu and uses the same intuitive interface.
It’s worth noting that the program offers ten resize methods in
addition to its S-Spline XL, including Bicubic, B-Spline, and
Nearest Neighbor. However, in my informal tests the default
S-Spline XL produced the best results. I also compared enlargements
made with PhotoZoom Pro 2 to enlargements made in Photoshop Element
6, using its resizing feature. None of Photoshop Element’s resized
images were acceptable.
PhotoZoom Pro 2 is a professional imaging tool, and as such
carries a professional price of $189. The trial version is free to
use indefinitely, but saved or printed images are covered with
This powerful program would be a useful tool for anyone working
in graphic design, digital imaging, desktop publishing, and similar