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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