Topaz Sharpen AI

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Sharpen AI was trained with millions of images so it could learn the characteristics of detail vs. noise - and then enhance just the detail. In some cases, it can even recover image detail.
Seamless integration
Works wherever you currently edit your photos. Use Sharpen AI either as a standalone software or as a plug-in for Topaz Studio / Photoshop / Lightroom Classic.
Constantly improving
Through continuous AI training, Sharpen AI's enhancement model becomes both faster and higher-quality with time. You’ll get the latest and greatest when the model improves.
Three kinds of sharpening for a perfect photo.
There’s nothing worse than the feeling of taking the perfect photo, rushing home, opening it up on your computer… and realizing that it’s blurry at 100%. When this happens, it’s usually caused by one of three problems: camera shake, focus issues, or general softness. Sharpen AI includes a separate module to handle each one.
Stabilize: natural shake reduction
Even the steadiest hands don't compare to a tripod when it comes to image sharpness. Unlike a tripod, though, you always have your hands with you! Sharpen AI's Stabilize module has been trained to reverse motion blur and make handheld images look like they were taken from a tripod.
Focus: better focus correction
Focus correction is a notoriously difficult problem that's easy to get wrong, but Sharpen AI's Focus module excels at correct up to ten pixels of focus blur. This is perfect for sharpening out-of-focus eyes or correct issues caused by incorrect in-camera focus. Tip: use selective adjustments for best results!
Sharpen: general input sharpening
Even with no motion blur or focus issues, images generally come out of the camera soft. Sharpen AI includes the Sharpen module that specializes in correcting small amounts of general softness without any artifacts or halos. It's the most natural-looking sharpening tool that you will ever use.
The perfect time to make images tack-sharp.
The need for sharpening is universal: most images come out a little soft straight out of the camera. Here’s just a handful of use cases in which we’ve seen exceptional results with Sharpen AI.
Animal Photography
You can pose people, but it’s much harder to ask animals to stay still! Use Sharpen AI’s Stabilize module to correct camera shake and the inevitable motion blur you get from fast-moving subjects. It’s also difficult to focus perfectly in these situations, so the Focus module will also be very useful. This applies to any photos with fast-moving subjects – not just animals! Adjust the slider to the left to see the difference at 100%, or click for a larger before/after.
Hand-held Landscapes
No matter how fast you set your shutter speed, you can’t shoot handheld landscapes as sharp as if you had a tripod. You don’t always have a tripod with you, though. Sometimes you don’t even have the luxury of using a fast shutter speed. Sharpen AI’s Stabilize module helps you get handheld images that look like they were taken from a tripod. This model was trained specifically to counteract motion blur caused by camera shake and can produce some pretty exceptional results in your photos.
Portrait Photography
Getting sharp portraits is essential. Using controlled lighting and tripods in a studio setting is a good way to do that, but you’re not always in a studio. Use Sharpen AI when the otherwise perfect portrait has slightly out-of-focus eyes or camera shake.
A new approach to sharpening.
We believe that better technology enables you to produce better art. The photos that thousands of other photographers have created with AI technology have been astounding, and we can’t wait to see what you create. Here’s how it works.
What does sharpness look like? (Training)
The first step of the machine learning process is to teach the software what sharpness is. We do this by feeding millions of blurred/sharp image pairs into the software and asking it to learn the characteristics of what makes an image sharp.
How to achieve this sharpness? (Learning)
Just like computers perform math and complex operations faster than humans, they can also learn much faster for very specific tasks. Sharpen AI soon understands how sharp images generally become blurred, and therefore how to reverse the process.
How do we sharpen images faster? (Optimization)
Sharpen AI performs millions of operations per pixel, so a significant amount of work is done to speed it up. This whole process continues even after the product's release: you'll likely see new updates with sharpening model improvements as the software learns more.
System Requirements:
Operating System Version:
- Windows 7 x64
- Windows 8/8.1 x64
- Windows 10 x64
Hardware Requirements:
- System RAM: 8GB / 16GB recommended
- GPU VRAM: 2GB / 4GB recommended
Graphics Card Requirements:
- NVIDIA: GeForce GTX 770 2GB / GeForce GTX 960 4GB recommended
- AMD: Radeon HD 8570 2GB / Radeon R9 270 4GB recommended
- Intel: HD Graphics 5000 / Iris Plus Graphics 640 recommended
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So, with the considerable hype surrounding the new Topaz AI suite of products, I was intrigued when Topaz asked me to download the software and try it out. Since landscape photography is one of my main passions, I wanted to investigate whether and how Topaz Denoise AI and Sharpen AI could help for nocturnal landscapes. Topaz Best Coupon, Great Savings. Looking for topazlabs coupons, promo code and discount codes? Click here because we provide timely price and verification on the latest topaz best coupon to our customers. You are guaranteed to receive the most current and useful promotion deals and discounts for topazlabs products. Photographers and YouTubers sure are eager to talk about how great the Topaz Labs photo editing software is, such as DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, and Gigapixel AI.

The Topaz AI suite of software offers photographers some impressive options in the area of noise reduction, sharpening and upsizing. There have however, been some questions regarding how best to integrate the software into a typical photography workflow. Through trial and error we have come up with a suggested Topaz AI workflow that you can use or modify for your own images.

This article will only look at the Topaz products involved in processing photos. Aerial. Namely: DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, Gigapixel AI, Adjust AI and Topaz Studio 2

Topaz suggested workflow

Topaz Labs does have an article that offers some general advice on the topic, titled ‘The Ultimate Workflow for Topaz Labs AI Software’. However it only lists the order in which to use their own products. It isn’t very helpful for anyone who shoots in RAW and/or uses Lightroom, Capture One or any other photo management software. The article is designed more to sell their products than to be genuinely helpful to users.

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In addition to the above article, Topaz also offers some advice on the FAQ pages of individual applications. The FAQs are inconsistent and poorly written so I have paraphrased below:

  • Topaz Denoise AI: Should be used at the very beginning of the editing process
  • Gigapixel AI: Should generally be used as the last step in your workflow, except in the case of very low resolution images (low-res images are not applicable to what we are discussing here).
  • Adjust AI: After noise reduction and creative editing
  • Sharpen AI: Their FAQ link is broken
  • Topaz Studio 2: Should be used after noise reduction, before resizing

Our suggested Topaz AI Workflow

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If the above information doesn’t really answer your workflow questions, you aren’t alone. As we have been using Topaz products for a while now, we are able to offer the workflow we have come up with.

Some of the Topaz products can open RAW files directly, however we don’t suggest you process your RAW files in any Topaz products as they do a fairly poor job at it. You would be much better served using one of the many fully fledged applications designed for this job. We use Lightroom, but On1, Capture One, Photo Labs, etc will all do a great job.


The Workflow:

  1. Process your raw file with your raw converter, but turn off sharpening and noise reductionYour first step should be to adjust the tone, exposure, colour and any other controls to convert your RAW file into a processed state.
    Because you will be doing Noise Reduction and Sharpening with Topaz products you should ensure that those settings are turned off in your RAW converter.
  2. Send the file to Photoshop (optional)We find it helpful to send the file from Lightroom into Photoshop as a 16-bit TIFF file at this stage. The Topaz products can all be run as plugins from Photoshop and we find it more efficient to use Photoshop as a host than running each program from within Lightroom. This also allows for the application of Topaz adjustments on layers that can be masked or have their opacity adjusted later.
  3. Apply Noise Reduction with DeNoise AI
    Not every file will need any noise reduction, but if yours does then now is the time to do it. If you have opened your image in Photoshop you should run Topaz DeNoise AI from the filters menu. If not, then you will need to send the file to the DeNoise AI by whatever method your applications suggest.
    Adjust the DeNoise settings as required for your image. We suggest keeping the Sharpening slider on zero (which will apply a small amount of sharpening) or at a low setting to apply a slight bit of capture sharpening to the image. Aim for the minimum amount of noise reduction to get the look you want (zero noise can often look a little unnatural) and a crisp, but not over-sharpened image.
  4. Apply Creative Editing in Photoshop, Adjust AI and Topaz StudioThe next step is to apply any creative edits that your image needs. You can use Photoshop, Topaz Studio, Adjust AI or any other image editing tools at your disposal. There are no rules here – creatively process your image as you normally would to give it the look you’re after.
  5. Apply Sharpening in Sharpen AIIn what will be the final step in most images, use Topaz Sharpen AI to sharpen your image as desired. The three sharpen modes can be used as needed:
    Sharpen: Generally used when the image is in focus and shows no motion blur, but just needs a subtle sharpening to finish
    Stabilize: If your photo contains motion blur, this is the setting to use. The ‘auto’ settings are often overly agressive. Each image is different, but you will generally want to keep the sharpening slider well below 50.
    Focus: As the name suggests, if your image is slightly out of focus, this module can help. Again, you will probably want to keep the slider well below 50 here to avoid artifacts.
    It is very easy to overdo the sharpening effects in Sharpen AI. The end result should look sharp, but not over sharpened. Applying the effect to a seperate layer in Photoshop will allow you to using masking and opacity to get things just right.
  6. Send Back to Lightroom, ON1, etc.Now your image should be fully processed and can be sent back to your original program (Lightroom, ON1, etc) to join your catalogue of images.
  7. Upsize the photo with Gigapixel AIIf you need to upsize your photo for printing, you can now send the file to Gigapixel AI to do it’s magic. You should only be upsizing the photo if you have a specific need to do so, but Gigapixel AI is up there with the best of the upsizing options. Resize your image to whatever output you need, applying any extra sharpening to make your upsized image to your requirements.


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The above steps outline the Topaz AI workflow that works for us here at Square Pixel Photography. Images processed from Lightroom via our method end up as noise free, sharp and beautiful as we could ever expect.

You can summarise the process as below:

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  1. Process your RAW file with no noise reduction or sharpening
  2. Apply noise reduction (if required)
  3. Apply any creative editing
  4. Apply sharpening
  5. Resize to your desired output size (if required)