I've been messing with it and it does a good job on regular stuff and on noisy stuff. It's also darn good on blur and focus. I first received the coupon code on Feb. 28 but I may wait to see if they add batch processing. If they do like they did with Gigapixel we might be seeing several updates rather soon.
The only niggle I have is it does so many per pixel calculations you can't see the adjustments in real time even with pretty good hardware. If they add batch processing I'm definitely in.
I don't have A.I. Clear so I can't compare as I think I used up my trial on it already.
One of the reviews I read basically says Sharpen A.I. is better on "blurry" images. I believe that's probably true as it's been doing really well on the soft images I have ran through it.
I haven't tried any direct comparisons, however, I have always sharpened last on everything I have always done. That's what I was taught way back in the day long before these AI tools were introduced. Ordinarily, you would want to sharpen last as to not enlarge any sharpening artifacts, and then have to re-sharpen again. But the way these tools work, that might not hold true.
From what I have seen in the few tests on the straight images I did, Sharpen AI did a nice job of suppressing noise on its own. Sorry, I can't be of more help but without doing any direct comparisons, and without doing a lot of straight photos I can't say for sure. All I know is I'm not seeing a lot of noise introduced with Sharpen A.I. on the digital art I've been running through it.
Free stuff from Topaz? Nice. I think I have purchased maybe 4 or 5 plugins and Gigapixel but have not received anything free yet. Bummer.
It sounds interesting but I usually only sharpen selectively (and last). I was taught no sharpening in RAW, but now I often put in a tiny bit. What you don't want to do is sharpen sky or expanses of sea. Then you have to denoise the sky!
I would have little use for a program that doesn't allow selective sharpening. I could see it as a way to sharpen some off focus real estate photos because of auto focus failure that you can't see in the camera review.
One program I use often is Topaz Denoise. It allows me to shoot at a higher ISO and also removes artifacts from when I lighten dark shadow areas. I tried the Gigapixel and it was nice but not something I would use often. I would only use it if I had a request for a very large image. Denoise takes a minute. You have to close the program and reload for each image.
I recently added A! Clear in Studio, Im always reluctant to add additional effects because of the affect it may have on my mac's performance, I have a intel HD Graphics 5000 1536 MB
Is this sufficient for Sharpen AL?. (PS Bradford). while working in Studio with the various adjustments you have the ability to use the mask and adjust the mask within that effect specifically, Im pretty sure that will also be true for Sharpen, Also they offer 30 day trials,
Sharpen AI runs independently, like AI Gigapixel, not part of the Studio suite, so there isn’t a way to mask the image. It’s slow, but not unbearable on my iMac, AMD Radeon R9 M395 2048 MB. It’s difficult to compare it to Gigapixel, because Gigapixel’s processing time depends on how much you’re enlarging the image. I’ve only tried Sharpen on one image so far… definite improvement in focus on a very soft image, so I expect it would do very well on an only slightly soft image, but it has the same problem as Gigapixel in that it drastically changes the color of the image if you run it on a Photoshop file. I assume that, like in Gigapixel, you can get around this if you use a TIFF file.
I have a problem with this app. It is too large for my monitor and the controls at the bottom of the screen aren't visible. This is a common issue with Topaz. They suggest I change my monitor resolution. Yea, right.
Your video setup benchmarks a 600 on Passmark and my middle of the road RX-570 benches a 6842 so I am betting Sharpen AI will be quite slow on your machine if it runs at all.
See above re: masking a layer in PS.
Yeah, Gigapixel AI is built to run on TIFF, JPG, PNG and RAW files, and some others, but not PSD. Sharpen AI is not built to run on PSD files either, it currently supports TIFF, JPG, and PNG and I have seen no color issues in my use so far. See above re: masking in photoshop.
It's not an adjustment in Topaz Studio, it's called from Topaz as a plugin. It comes with the .8bf file so you can install it as a straight Photoshop plugin.
FWIW, I am a fan of Gigapixel because I have a ton of lower rez files shot in the early 2000s and I also have a lot of digital art files that take a long time to render high rez, and several programs that won't render a super large file. It works great enlarging these files because many/most are not super highly detailed anyway.
Bradford, sharpening isn't global—it uses AI to determine where to sharpen. But sharpening isn't really what I got it for, more interested in the other functions for cleaning up motion blur and out of focus images. I don't even anticipate using it much, but like AI Gigapixel, it's really nice to have for those odd occasions.