Despite the few hundred apps on my Mac, and the many hundreds more I’ve tried out through the years, every now and again I get surprised by an new app that does more than expected.
We Mac using photographers have plenty of choices for apps that enhance, add effects and filters, and improve the quality of our photos. What most of us don’t have is an app that enlarges small photos and reduces the grain, pixelation, and jaggies common with any photo that is enlarged.
HQ Photo Enlarger compares favorably with Photoshop’s Bicubic technique and other Bilinear methods to take small photos, enlarge them substantially using custom algorithms and configuration parameters. The end result is remarkable.
Even small photos look great when they’re increase in size by double, triple, even up to five times original size. Controls are simple to master but require some trial and error.
HQ Photo Enlarger comes with 20 pre-defined algorithms but you can customize each, and adjust parameters through the onscreen controls.
Add a photo, use the slider bar to zoom in, adjust the photos sharpness, and more with a few clicks. The original is transformed into a larger photograph with more detail and crisp edges.
Even better, the app can batch process multiple small images and use saved enlargement settings. And, of course, it handles most popular image file formats, including JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, and others.
I mentioned trial and error, which is a requirement for an app that enhances photos beyond original resolution. The only issue is that there’s no trial version on the Mac App Store, and the app developer’s web site is devoid of information about HQ Photo Enlarger.