Share Topaz Sharpen AI - Continues to Amaze Me

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I know that some companies promise the world and often time they under deliver.

Scenario:
In the midst of the COVID19 world I am still living in here in Central Ohio, the wife and I often times roll through the streets in her dream car, a 2015 Honda Accord Coupe V6, 6-speed manual. At times I think that she may love that car more than anything else in the world.
Anyway - I always bring a camera when we do our drive throughs of the more congested areas. I'll often grab frames out the window. My timing can be off and I sometimes try and get an image or 2 while we are in motion. Usually, I can cope, but sometimes things don't always go right.

This image for instance. I liked the weathering of the sign, and the verbiage didn't hurt in piquing my interest either.
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We had to keep moving to not congest the traffic. Having not "chimped" the image, I did not realize that it was, just....well...not good in a few ways until I got home and saw it on the PC.

The severity of it can be seen even better with this 1:1 crop.
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Now usually, I would throw this one away....not a whole lot you can do with something like that, right? Well...we have this software tool now called Topaz Sharpen AI. I wondered and thought....they claim it can do quite a bit, so this looked to be a good test. So I ran it through the program. I tried Focus options first, but it just seemed "wormy" and halo laden, lots of artifacts.

Then I tried "Stabilize" and got this:
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Ummm....OK...pretty good, but will it hold up to the 1:1 inspection??
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I'll let you decide what you think of it.

For me, I was utterly amazed. Even my wife saw what the software did and she, who is usually indifferent at best remarked, "Holy S*@t!".
They truly are making some very impressive strides in software. Color me impressed that it was able to do what it did on this sign and the scene as a whole. Is it perfect? No, but it could potentially salvage a missed shot that could be the "keeper".
 

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Agree. Today I was processing an image of a SITTING swallow. However, it just looked "off" to me. I ran it through Topaz Sharpen AI and the s/w chose "Stabilize". Voila! A much sharper photo than before!
 
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Not at all. It is slower than some of their other programs, but then it has a lot to process. With a newer GPU and their latest version which can use it, I find its speed just fine.
Thanks for replying..
I am finding that it does the sharpening process very fast but saving the resulting image can take up to 10 minutes....
Image is of the specs of my laptop.. I have upgraded the ram to 32gb and upgraded the SSD ...
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Any suggestions as to what may be causing it?
My only thought is RAM. 8GB is a little lean nowadays. I don't get a machine with less than 16GB.

Also, unless I plan on printing big, I never run the AI programs on anything but the web size programs...so we are talking 2080px on the long edge and generally no more than 1mb in size.

Usually runs for me in 20 seconds or less.

Then again, my specs are:
Intel i7-8700, 6 core 3.2GB processor
32GB Ram
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti @ 4GB of video Ram

My bottleneck has been that I'm using as my main drive an older Western Digital 1TB platter drive. I really should look into getting an SSD to replace it.
 
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My only thought is RAM. 8GB is a little lean nowadays. I don't get a machine with less than 16GB.

Also, unless I plan on printing big, I never run the AI programs on anything but the web size programs...so we are talking 2080px on the long edge and generally no more than 1mb in size.

Usually runs for me in 20 seconds or less.

Then again, my specs are:
Intel i7-8700, 6 core 3.2GB processor
32GB Ram
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti @ 4GB of video Ram

My bottleneck has been that I'm using as my main drive an older Western Digital 1TB platter drive. I really should look into getting an SSD to replace it.
Thank you for your input...
The specs on my machine are
Intel i7-8750, 6 core
32gb ram
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti @4gb
500 gb SSD and 1 Tb HHD storage...
 
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So I just ran a test. Original file is 12.5 MB.

It took 13 sec to generate the preview for stabilize or focus setting, 8 sec to generate the sharpen preview

On save, ity took my machine 35 seconds to put out the new, sharpened file.
 
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I recently bought Topaz DeNoise AI and Topaz Sharpen AI as I've been hearing such great things about them. In certain cases I find to be simply amazing. For normal shots with reasonable noise or sharpening issues I never leave LR, as I have seen no real-world difference in the end results between LR and the Topaz apps. However with extreme noise or sharpening needs, I have found Topaz saves images that are beyond what I can achieve with LR or Photoshop (short of doing lots of layering and masking). In fact I tried it on a couple of shots that I was going to delete as being beyond help. One was of elk in the dark, in the fog that had horrific noise. The other was an out of focus image of a hunting dog running taken during a training event. I was stunned; it seemed like magic. The respective Topaz apps saved both images and resulted in usable images that I later posted with the other images of the day. Can't tell which are which.

I do find both DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI to be very, very slow. However, I only use it selectively and the results are worth the wait.
 
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I've been using Denoise AI and find it works great on high ISO noisy images. Haven't got then hang of Sharpen AI but will give it another try after seeing the comments here.

Topaz sent me a link to share a 15% discount on any of their products. Feel free to use it to save a few $$ (Note: I have no connection with Topaz, just a satisfied customer).

Link: http://topazlabs.refr.cc/pjh003
 
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