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Reindeer Graphics Optipix 3.0

Image correction and manipulation filters for Adobe Photoshop By Dave Nagel
I've been a fan of Reindeer Graphics Optipix since its initial release back in 2002. Optipix is a set of filters for Adobe Photoshop, one that's targeted squarely toward professional photographers and packed with image correction and manipulation tools you can't find anywhere else, all with support for 8- and 16-bit images. Version 3.0 expands this functionality and also refines the quality and speed of some of the older plugins.

Optipix is all about image enhancement--from the bare basics like contrast and sharpening to some advanced functionality like exposure blending and averaging--for a total of 15 adjustment tools, with several auxiliary features as well, such as a buffer that can hold up to 30,000 8- or 16-bit images, a function for selecting JPEG tile edges and a collection of automated actions for beginners designed to enhance digital photographs.

New in version 3.0
Version 3.0 is probably the most significant update to Optipix since its original release. This collection has been continually enhanced over its short lifespan so that some of the major updates have seemed more gradual than anything else. But with version 3.0, there's some definite delineation in the form of five completely new filters.

Of these, I think the most impressive--and certainly the one that will be most appreciated--are the new Interactive Interpolation and Refocus filters. We'll start with Interactive Interpolation, a tool designed to help you blow up images with results that can be far more satisfactory than Photoshop's built-in interpolation. And it allows you to control some of the parameters of the interpolation--sharpness and edge strength--while also adding (or not adding) grain to help differentiate color regions.

By way of comparison, we'll take a small portion of the following image and blow it up 300 percent.

And you can see that the Optipix blowup is much more sharp, preserving details that are softened out when using bicubic interpolation. (Of course, this image has been compressed for presentation here, so I suggest you try this one out for yourself to see how well it works.)

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