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Last updated on November 7th, 2020

Printed photos often portray a moment’s best images. Whether it be from a family outing, wedding, or vacation, the prints are usually the best of the best image files.

However, sometimes the image files can be too small to reach an acceptable print size in terms of resolution. This usually occurs from photos captured from older digital cameras or when you want an extra-large print. There’s also the scenario of scanning smaller prints and digitizing them to make larger prints.

In order to enlarge a digital photo, we use image enlargers to upscale or upsize a photo. Not all image enlargers are the same and many produce different results. In this summary, I’m going to review Blow Up 3, which is developed by Exposure Software.

What is Blow Up 3?

Exposure Blow Up 3 is a digital image enlarger. Its only purpose is to upsize a photo while retaining detail and sharpness.

Blow Up 3 is used as a plugin for Exposure X6, Photoshop or Lightroom.

It can be used as a standalone application, but it’s not supported. If you decide to use it as a standalone application, remember that it will override the original image file. Make sure to back up your files if you go this route.

How to Use Blow Up 3

As mentioned, Blow Up 3 is used as a plugin. As a result, you’ll need one of the following host applications to use it: Exposure X6, Photoshop or Lightroom.

When using one of the host applications, you’ll have to open the image file in Blow Up 3. Then you’ll be given a few options to enlarge the photo.

Blow Up 3 allows photographers to enlarge the photo by a specified percentage. It also allows increasing images by a certain length, such as inches or centimeters. If needed, you can also crop your image within Blow Up 3.

Further tuning during the image enlargement process allows to change the settings for sharpening and grain. 

Generally, the default values will be sufficient for an acceptable result. The final step is output sharpening before rendering the photo enlargement.

Blow Up 3 image enlargement settings

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