Sunday, October 15, 2006
Super-size your photos to large-format and gallery-sized prints with Alien Skin's Blow Up, a new Photoshop plug-in. The tool scales images up to 3,600 percent larger while preserving the sharp lines and vivid color of the original image. Along with maintaining quality, Blow Up supports CMYK, RGB, Lab, Grayscale and Duotone image modes. It resizes multilayered documents and works with 8-, 16- and 32-bit compositions. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Alien Skin, (888) 921-SKIN, www.alienskin.com.
SCAN AND SAVE
For less than $100, the Epson Perfection V100 features 3200-dpi optical resolution, 48-bit color depth, easy-access push buttons for automatic scanning and one-touch color restoration. The flatbed scanner features new digital dust and scratch correction technology for cleaner scans, and backlight correction for better color reproduction of underexposed images. The V100 has a slim design with high-rise lid and hinge for scanning three-dimensional photos and objects. List Price: $99. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
Become your own publisher with Blurb, a service that lets you create, publish, share and even market your own professional-looking books. Using Blurb's BookSmart software, you select what kind of book you want to create and then drag and drop your content into professionally designed pages with customizable layouts, backgrounds, fonts and color palettes. Pricing varies, but a four-color, 40-page, 8x10-inch hardcover book will cost about $30. Contact: Blurb Inc., www.blurb.com.
Digital Foci's Media Buddy has a hard drive and card reader in one compact unit, letting you copy and store photos directly from any digital media card. The device weighs just 11 ounces and measures 5.8x3.4x1 inches. It comes with Ulead Photo Explorer image management software and is available in capacities from 40 to 80 GB. List Price: $249 (80 GB). Contact: Digital Foci, (310) 763-9100, www.digitalfoci.com.
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