Topaz AI

June 19th, 2024
There have been many comments and material on YouTube about Topaz AI, particularly for resizing and sharpening photographs. The software can be used either on its own or as a plug-in for Lightroom and/or Photoshop.

Is the programme 'the best thing since sliced bread' or is it one of those things that once one becomes aware of and starts looking at, more material then appears on social media channels?

The suite seems to be available for $199; does anyone use it and if so how?

June 19th, 2024
Hi John, I have it as a plug-in on both Photoshop and Lightroom. I actually prefer the denoise or sharpen over the AI. I'm also finding that Lightroom's latest denoise upgrade works just as well, and I'm finding I'm using Topaz less and less now.
June 20th, 2024
I too, like Carole have Topaz's DeNoise and Sharpen apps. I looked on YouTube for info on the Topaz Photo AI with the resizing feature, and decided to stay with what I have.
July 9th, 2024
@lumpiniman @yorkshirekiwi @skipt07
I have used Topaz products for many years and find them to be among the best available. I currently own, and use often, Denoise AI, Sharpen AI, Gigapixel AI and Photo AI. I find that Photo AI is very good but I often don't like what it does with faces so I generally turn face enhancement off. It works best on images that need some noise reduction and a little general sharpening. It has rescued more than a few images of mine that were a little too soft. I'm often blown away by what it can do to salvage a soft image. That said, it can't work miracles, so getting it right in camera is always the best idea. On images with an out of focus background I prefer to use sharpen AI as it gives me more control over what gets sharpened and what doesn't. Of course, if you use Photo AI as a Photoshop plugin you can just use it on its own layer and paint in or paint out the sharpening or noise reduction or face enhancement as you see fit. Regarding Lightroom's denoise feature, it works well enough but is far too slow for my liking. I have just purchased DXO PureRaw 4 which incorporates DXO's deep prime noise reduction which everyone raves about but I haven't used it enough yet to render an opinion one way or the other. As far as Gigapixel goes I find it often works better as a stand alone program than as part of Photo AI. It does a really good job of boosting resolution on compressed images or deep crops. Hope this helps.
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