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Zooming plug-in...

Hi guys! I'm new of this forum.
Firstly, I have to say that I'm not a software engineer so, I don't write for getting realeses about plug-ins or new update or Gimp... (sorry!!! I'm not able!). Then, sorry for my english if you find mistakes on my writing... I hope to be clear when I talk.

So, I know that in the open-source's world is possible asking to the community to write (for free, I hope! ;-) ) a particular function for a software... I really hope to write in the right place!

I need a plug-in that does a zooming of very little pictures, without lost of quality. I know there's a commercial software already does that, avoiding any kind of pixelation and shading.
I would know if there's someone between you that could make this plug-in to insert inside Gimp.

Thank you very much and sorry if you find my qustion stupid. I have no experience about.

Regards.

and it is rare to get something good for nothing... I believe you are talking about enlarging an image, also known as up-sampling. The basic techniques when up-sampling without pixelating include (Bi)Linear, (Bi)cubic and Lanczos. All thre are supported by gimp. They work by curve fitting the points in the vicinity, and the result is a blurry, larger version of the initial image. There is also the likelyhood of colour bleeding/smearing as a sharp transition between two colours will get replaced by pixels of a averaged colours. You mentioned commercial products (like genuine fractals?) that reconstruct "fake" details to give the appearance of sharpness. There is a stand-alone freeware application I know of: http://logicnet.dk/Analyzer/ that does upsampling using a number of additional algorithms, like Wiener 4, Wiener 6, Sinc, XinLi, and Fractal 5 - XinLi which all can give decent results depending on the source image. There is a demo of a product called smartedge here: http://audio.rightmark.org/lukin/graphics/resampling.htm and another commercial product Enlarger Pro http://www.beardedfrog.com/download.htm An easy, do it yourself method is step enlarging with smoothing and edge enhancement each step, but again, it really depends on the source image(s) -Rob A>
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