Best A.I. Image Upscaler? Top 7 Software Compared!

Best A.I. Image Upscaler? Top 7 Software Compared!

Unmesh Dinda 0:05
Hi there, this is Unmesh from PiXimperfect. And let me ask you a very simple question. What is the smallest unit of a digital image? It’s pixels, right? A 24 megapixel camera creates images that
are made up of 24 million pixels. Simple stuff. Now, suppose I give you a picture made up
of 5 pixels. And I asked you to increase its resolution
to, let’s say, 10 pixels. Now, you, my friend, will easily fill the
five pixels, right? But, what about the rest five? How will you fill those? That you will have to guess looking at the
existing pixels. So, all these software and platforms for image
upscaling are basically technologies for guessing those missing pixels. Some like to use the fancy word AI and others
like to use machine learning, but to put it simply, it’s just technology to fill the missing
pixels. It can be a simple approach, for instance,
averaging the pixels close by or a very complex approach with hard math. Today we are going to upscale a low resolution
portrait using the top seven most common image upscalers in the market today and see which
one is the best. So without any further ado, let’s get started. So here we are in the brilliant world of Photoshop
or is it brilliant? Because it’s in the competition too. We are going to go through all seven platforms
with the portrait for simplicity. Now keep in mind, the results might slightly
differ with different kinds of images. These are my personal opinions and preferences
and yours might be different and it’s absolutely fine, because that’s what makes all of us
unique. So let’s get started. And we are going to try to rank all of these
in real time in Photoshop. So here we are in our Finder or Explorer,
and I have the full resolution version just for reference so that we can compare the details,
and we have made a low resolution version of the same that will be processed and on
another folder called Upscale, we are going to place the processed files using all of
those seven platforms. So, let’s go ahead and open the full resolution
version in Photoshop. So here we are in Photoshop with the original
image with all the details and on top of that, just for comparison, let’s open the low resolution
version. So, let’s go to our Finder or Explorer – Low-Res
folder, let’s drag it and drop it over the canvas right in there. Just make sure it’s well aligned. So it’s aligned that way, it’s aligned in
the center, just make sure the pink line appears and it’s perfect. So, have a look – orginal and the low-res
version. Now, we’re going to process the low-res version
using those platforms. The first platform to test is Pretty straightforward website. It also has its own software and you can also
just process images online as well. All you gotta do is to just click on this
button, locate the low resolution photo, select it and then click on Open. And now we need to choose how we need to upgrade
it. Now, if it’s a face, we would select a Face
/ Photo / Artwork. I’m just going to leave it at High Grade (Recommended). I have tried all of these settings and in
my experience, High Grade produces the best results and we’re going to go 4x the resolution
increase and click on Start. Now, while it is processing, I got to tell
you that it does have an upload limit of 1200×1200 pixels or less and File Limits: Less than
5MB. Now, it does have some premium versions. If you go into pricing where you need to pay. There’s some amount for 99 images per month,
there’s some amount for larger number of images per month. I’m on a free plan, which is like 19 images
per month. Anyway, it’s processed right now. So, let’s go ahead and download it. Wow, it’s pretty good. Let’s zoom in. Very good processing. So let’s place it on top of the low resolution
portrait to just compare the results. So, right click on it – Save Image As – Upscaled
folder and let’s name this ImgLarger. Alright, and let’s save this. Now, we’re going to go to that folder, the
Upscaled folder, and place it on top of that Photoshop document right there. Just make sure it’s well aligned in the center,
hit Enter or Return. So this one is the low-res. Let’s just name it Portrait – Low Res. And this one is processed by ImageEnlarger. Let’s look at the difference. So, here’s the before, here’s the after. That’s pretty good. Before – after. Now, I know it has gone a little crazier on
the lips, here’s the before, here’s the after. But, it’s so much better and the processing
is so good. But, do keep in mind that this platform is
a little pricey. So, the pricing as you can see, if you look
at the free plan, it just offers 19 images, images per month is 99 when you pay $14.99
a month, and then there are other plans. I think it’s pretty pricey, but the quality
is pretty good. Let’s look at the next platform. The next platform to test is Now, you need to create an account even an
ImageEnlarger and even in Let’sEnhance to be able to process images and get a free image
plan. I’m currently in the free image plan and I
have four images left. So, let’s go ahead and use it for this tutorial. Click on this button, click here to upload
and I’m going to upload the low-res as you can see, the low-res portrait. Sorry for that computer sound. Let’s open that one. Now, it does give you some additional options. What kind of photos are you going to upscale? Photos and art or Illustrations? So, I’m going to choose Photos and art, of
course. Enhancement – do you want to add some textures
or improve color? No, it’s all fine for me. There are some advanced settings – how much
you want to upscale – 4x. 8x would require you to pay money. I don’t have money, so we’re going to go for
4x and JPG is fine. Let’s start processing. While it’s processing, I would have loved
to tell you a story, but it has finished processing. Now, it’s still processing. But anyway, it does give you just, I think
just five images. ImageEnlarger gives you 19 images for free. In that case, it’s kind of better, but, let’s
see the result. At the end of the day, the quality matters. But again, you cannot be charging too high
for just a simple upscaling. But anyway, let’s go ahead and download this. Okay, there we are. No, no. Have a look. It just removed those eyelashes. It’s not good. Look at Let’sEnhance. It’s even worse than ImageEnlarger. So, right now we are comparing it with the
ImageEnlarger. You know, it did a pretty good job, the image
looks soft, image looks nice, you know image looks a little pleasing, not as harsh as ImageEnlarger,
but at the expense of losing the details. Have a look, Let’sEnhance. Come on, it has also lost details in the lips
and what about the hair, we have all these lines. I’m going to rank it below ImageEnlarger. All right. Of course, it’s better than Portrait, the
low resolution portrait. Of course, it’s better than that, but, not
as good as ImageEnlarger. I’m sorry, guys, it’s not aligned properly,
because I’m running a little fast here. Sorry about that, but you get the idea. So ImageEnlarger is better than Let’sEnhance. Now let’s try, let’s move on to the next platform. The next one on our list is pretty interesting
and has a straightforward name and I like straightforward. That is called Of course, we’re going to make the JPEG big,
it makes sense. Now, what I like about this is that they have
a higher limit. So resolution 3000×3000 limit and limit of
10. I think ImageEnlarger had a limit of 5MB. This one has 10MB, which is fine. So, let’s go ahead and select the file but
at the end of the day again, quality matters. So Upscaling folder -Low-Res version – Portrait. Let’s open it. Let’s see how much time this one takes to
process, because processing times matter as well. However, we have not pressed the Start button. How intelligent am I? Now, we have some options right here. What is the image type, which is great. This is a photo, not an artwork. 4x is fine. No, we don’t want to do any kind of noise
reduction. Hit OK. I think they have a premium plan as well. But anyway, we’re just going to do the free
version. 6 minutes! Oh my god. That’s kind of..that’s very long. Oh, it’s 5 minutes so that they can come up
with an advertisement right there. After upgrade, you can enlarge by 8x / 16
x. Let’s look at the pricing. All right, let’s see how much is the price. They haven’t mentioned the price. There is no pricing right here. I think I need to log in to find the price. But anyway, you should have just given the
price straightforward. I’m just, I don’t like that. Anyway, let’s go ahead and click on Download. It took lesser than six minutes, to be honest,
for that. And then, let’s name this Bigjpg. I really don’t like websites when they don’t
tell you the price upfront and then they ask you to login and email the sales rep to get
a quote. I don’t like that. Give your price just upfront on the website. If you hide your prices it just means that
you charge somebody more and charge somebody less, which is not really ethical. I don’t feel justified by that. But anyway, why am I ranting? Let’s compare this with ImageEnlarger. So I’m going to place Bigjpg first, at the
top. So, this is Bigjpg, this is ImageEnlarger. Of course, ImageEnlarger is better in my opinion. It has a little more detail. Let’s have a look at the hair. This is ImageEnlarger, this is Bigjpg. They’re close, but you know what, I prefer
ImageEnlarger. This is ImageEnlarger. Wow, look at that. Bigjpg has placed lines on the nose. That kind of looks very ugly right in there. So bigjpg is definitely not as good as ImageEnlarger. I’m going to place it under ImageEnlarger. Now, let’s compare it with Let’sEnhance. So, this is Bigjpg and this is Let’sEnhance. You know, Let’sEnhance is better. Even though it kind of loses some details,
Let’sEnhance is way better. So, let’s just turn on Bigjpg and place that
even under Let’sEnhance. Now, let’s turn on ImageEnlarger. So, as of now the ranking is – ImageEnlarger
first, Let’sEnhance second and Bigjpg, third. The next platform for test is And you know what I like about this, that
this is the only website out of the entire list of seven, that is absolutely free. Now, they do have some business solutions. But if you scroll down, there is a section
that says why it’s free. You can read it if you want to, but I’m too
lazy. All you got to do is to click on Use APP and
then click here to start. They have no limitations as to how many images
you can upload. It’s a very simple platform. All you got to do is to click here to start. Just do that and low-resolution, let’s just
upload it, let’s open it. And how much you want to upscale? Of course we want to upscle resolution, let’s
turn it on and 4x. Do you want to remove artifacts? No, it’s all fine. All right. ‘By uploading the photo, you accept our terms
and conditions.’ You can read it if you want to, but, I’m just
going to not read it. And you can enter your email. Also, great part is, you don’t require to
sign up to use this platform, which is great. Always great. All right, let’s go ahead and click on Enhance. If you have privacy concerns, just read the
terms and conditions. Now it’s processing. Let’s see how much time it takes. It’s done. Oh, it was pretty fast. Now, they also give you this before and after
slider, which is amazing. All right, let’s go ahead and download the
image and we have our own before and after comparison in Photoshop. Now this one was Let’s compare it with ImageEnlarger first. So, this is and this is ImageEnlarger. Of course, ImageEnlarger has more details. Let’s compare the lips. I kind of like the lips of Deep Image AI a
little bit. But again, I think ImageEnlarger is still
better. So, I’m going to rank it below ImageEnlarger. Now, let’s compare it to the Let’sEnhance. So, here’s a Deep Image AI and here’s Let’sEnhance. Now that’s going to be a little difficult. You know why? Because both have different characteristics. So I’m just going to turn it on, maybe take
it a little to the right hand side, just make sure that this aligned well. Now, this is aligned. So Deep Image AI, this is Let’sEnhance. Let’s have a look at the entire face. So Let’sEnhance, this is Deep Image AI. I think Let’sEnhance is better. So, Deep Image AI goes under that. Let’s compare Deep Image AI with Bigjpg. So, Deep Image AI and this is Bigjpg. I think they’re the same website. It’s just so similar. Deep Image AI and this is Bigjpg. Let’s just zoom in for comparison sake. Deep Image AI – Bigjpg, Deep Image AI – Bigjpg. It’s very hard to say. Deep Image AI – Bigjpg. All right. Now, look at the nose. This might be the tie-breaker. So, Deep Image AI doesn’t have any ugly artifacts,
Bigjpg does. So, I think the ranking is fine. So, as of now the ranking is first – ImageEnlarger,
second – Let’sEnhance, third – Deep Image AI and the fourth – Bigjpg. Now, let’s look at the next platform. If you’re enjoying the tournament so far,
do give us a like and also don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t subscribed yet. And if you dislike the video, just dislike
it twice. Just kidding. The next platform on the surgeon’s table is But honestly, I got to tell you, looking at
this website, it doesn’t give me much inspiration. It’s so old school. All right. Anyway, let’s just go ahead and choose Resize
Image Now. Look at the example they gave us. It’s kind of pretty too much. All right, let’s click on it one more time. It was not working the first time. Look at the design, it’s not good. Just choose the file. Presentation matters. But anyway, at the end of the day, what matters? Quality. So let’s go ahead and choose Portrait – Low-Res
folder – Portrait. Alright, let’s open that and a very simple
button called Upscale Image. Let’s click on that. Now while it’s waiting, they also have other
services where they manually do it by hand. Of course you need to pay for that. ‘To order manual professional retouch, press
here’. Alright, so I’m going to just browse through
that while it’s, you know, doing the upscale version. Oh, so they don’t tell the price as well. You know that’s kind of reasonable. It depends from image to image as to how much
work it needs. So, I think this one is reasonable. So, it has finished processing. So, let’s just drag down and click on Download. So this is ImageUpscaler and this is ImageEnlarger. ImageUpscaler, this is ImageEnlarger. I think that both of them are pretty good. Have a look at the skin, the skin is very
nicely created by ImageUpscaler. Don’t be deceived by the cover of the book. The website didn’t look very inspiring. But again, look at the quality. It’s good. So this is ImageEnlarger, this is ImageUpscaler. ImageEnlarger – ImageUpscaler. But I still think, if you look at the eyes,
ImageEnlarger did a pretty good job. Right? This is ImageUpscaler. Look at the lines in the eyelashes, and this
is ImageEnlarger. I think still ImageEnlarger is at the top. So let’s take ImageUpscaler at the bottom
of ImageEnlarger and let’s turn off ImageEnlarger. Now let’s compare ImageUpscaler with Let’sEnhance. So, this is ImageUpscaler, this is Let’sEnhance,
ImageUpscaler – Let’sEnhance. Now, both are very different styles. I kind of like, you know, Let’sEnhance a little
bit for its softness, but then again, I can’t really decide. ImageUpscaler – Let’sEnhance. I think that Let’sEnhance is a little better
on the faces, even though it has just taken away all the details. I think it’s very soft and nice. Let’s look at the hair. This is important. I think this is where, you know, ImageUpscaler
wins because it doesn’t have all those lines and those artifacts. But in this side, Let’sEnhance wins. ImageUpscaler doesn’t look very nice. I’m the kind of police ImageUpscaler beneath
Let’sEnhance. Both are very, very, very close. Now, let’s compare ImageUpscaler with Deep
Image AI. So this is ImageUpscaler, this is Deep Image
AI and let’s look at the hair. ImageUpscaler – Deep Image AI. I think ImageUpscaler is definitely better
than Deep Image AI. Still, at the top, we have ImageEnlarger. Let’s move on to the next platform. Now, this video turned very expensive just
because of our next platform, which is Gigapixel AI from Topaz labs. I had actually tried the software before,
so, I couldn’t get the trial version. I had to buy the software just for this tutorial
and it cost me about $75. So, please watch the video and make it worthwhile. I’ve already spent too much just making this
video. Just look at the website. It does give you a lot of promises. Very well made website. Of course it’s expensive. So, this is the before, this is the after. In places like ImageEnlarger, you do pay a
monthly fee which is smaller. But then, even though this is $75, this is
kind of a one time fee with the exception that you might have to upgrade the software
later. But anyway, I made that investment and I have
installed this software. So, this is the software – Gigapixel AI. All right. It does give you a short tutorial, but, you
don’t want that. So, let’s go ahead and open the image by clicking
on Open, and in the Low-Res folder, we’re going to choose the Portrait and hit Open. Now, it does give you a preview of the processed
version right here. So, what do we want to do? 4x, 6x, how many times you want to make it
larger? So, we’re going to compare very fairly. So we’re going to choose 4x and Settings,
I’m going to leave that to Auto. All right. Do you want Face Refinement? It was on, so I’m going to leave it on. And this is the result on the right hand side. We can just move through the image and check
out the results. Now, where do you want to place it? So, you can simply click on Browse and we’re
going to place it in the Upscaling folder in the Upscaled area, and let’s just select
the folder and suffix – edit3 is fine. We’re going to just change that later. So, first section is processing. What kind of processing we want? We went through the settings and where do
you want to save it and what file format do you want? Do you want to convert the file format? No, I’m going to keep it jpg. So, let’s go ahead and start it. Let’s see how much time this one takes. Now keep in mind, this is a software. This is not online. So, that’s an upside to it that you don’t
need an internet connection to make this work. And the second thing that I liked about this
is that this is a one time purchase. However, at the end of the day, what matters? Quality. So let’s just go ahead and compare the quality. Now let’s compare this with ImageEnlarger. So, this is Gigapixel AI and this is ImageEnlarger. You know, I’m very disappointed. I spent $75. And look at this, look at the lines it’s creating. So, this is ImageEnlarger, this is Gigapixel. The results are good. But any image with artifacts and faults like
that, I cannot accept. Look at the lines. I’m not sure if you can see it, but have a
look at these horizontal lines that it’s creating. I don’t like that. It’s not all over the image. But I have made several trials. And every time I process something with Gigapixel
AI, I see these lines. Look at these lines. Even though they are small and even though
if you zoom out, you cannot see them. But hey, when you print them, these will be
very, very visible. If you process them, these will be visible. I don’t like that. So I just disqualify Gigapixel AI. Absolutely. You know what, even outside of this video
when I was trying out Gigapixel AI, it gave me the same results. Maybe it’s a fault with the Windows operating
system. Maybe it won’t give this kind of results in
a Mac, but then again, you’re paying $75 for something and it’s creating this kind of an
anomaly, it’s not at all acceptable. I don’t like that. So I’m going to place it last. This is disqualified. Now, coming to the last platform, and this
is the kind of platform that you have. If you didn’t have this platform, you wouldn’t
be watching videos on this channel. And if you’re watching this video on this
channel, even if you don’t have this platform, thank you, thank you so very much. And the platform is simply Photoshop. So, I’m open the Portrait – low resolution
on a different window. So, let’s just drag it and drop it into Photoshop
on a different window right there. So, this, as you can see, it’s the low resolution
image. Now, let’s go to Image and then Image Size
and we’re going to upscale it to 4000. Now, make sure Resampling is checked and Preserve
Details 2.0 is checked because this is the latest technology for upscaling. So let’s just click on that and hit OK. Now, there’s a Reduce Noise option as well,
if you’re interested in that. Hit OK. So this is Photoshop’s result. Let’s just copy it by pressing Ctrl or Command
+ A, Ctrl or Command + C, and then let’s come here and at the very top, we’re going to create
a brand new color and paste it. So, this is kind of Photoshop’s result. I’m going to make it a little bigger. So this is from Photoshop – Photoshop Upscaling. Let’s compare this with ImageEnlarger. So, this is ImageEnlarger, this is Photoshop. Of course, ImageEnlarger is better, but I
like the texture and simplicity of Photoshop. Let’s look at the hair. This is Photoshop Upscaling, this is ImageEnlarger. ImageEnlarger is definitely better. So let’s put Photoshop Upscaling below ImageEnlarger. Now, let’s compare it with Let’sEnhance. So, Photoshop Upscaling – Let’sEnhance, Photoshop
Upscaling – Let’sEnhance. Of course, Let’sEnhance is better. So, let’s put Photoshop Upscaling at the bottom. Now let’s compare it with ImageUpscaler. Adobe Sensei, what are you doing? So, this is Photoshop Upscaling. This is ImageUpscaler. Now, that might be a close one. Let’s look at the lips – Photoshop Upscaling
– ImageUpscaler. Let’s look at the hair – Photoshop Upscaling
– ImageUpscaler. Now there, ImageUpscaler wins. Let’s put Photoshop Upscaling at the bottom. Now let’s compare it to the Deep Image AI. Photoshop Upscaling – Deep Image AI. Photoshop Upscaling is better on the hair. Let’s look at the lips. Deep Image AI – Photoshop Upscaling, Deep
Image AI – Photoshop Upscaling. Let’s look at the nose. So, this is Deep Image AI – Photoshop Upscaling. I think Photoshop Upscaling has found its
right spot and therefore, we have ranked all of these platforms. Let’s put it right there so that we can see
what’s happening. And also let’s make the size panel options
and let’s make the size smaller, so that you can see the ranking right here. So, here goes the ranking. ImageEnlarger, for me, produced the best results. Then, Let’sEnhance on the second position. Third position – Image Upscaler, fourth – Photoshop’s
built-in upscaling, fifth – Deep Image AI, sixth – Bigjpg, seventh and disqualified – Gigapixel
AI, at least for my system. So, there you go. I hope you enjoyed watching the Battle of
the Upscalers. Now, do keep in mind that none of the software
platform companies ever paid me to make this video. In fact, I’m very disappointed, especially
with Gigapixel AI because I had to spend $75 and all for what. But anyway, if this video was helpful for
you, that was all worth it. Thank you so much for watching. And if you liked this video, make sure to
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100 thoughts on “Best A.I. Image Upscaler? Top 7 Software Compared!

  • One begs the question: the amount of money Adobe charges us for their software, why they haven't developed AI/ML based algorithm themselves? As image manipulation software they should have been in forefront in this type of development. I'm extremely disappointed with their effort. Now if there was some decent competition to their monopoly…

  • Topaz gigapixel,, one off payment, updates for a life time…. Unlimited image upscales per day. Batch processing of hundreds of images at once. Choice over file formats and bit depth and color gamuts such as wide color gamut. Face refinement so small faces dont look like hideous weird artifacts but look like real faces. full control over sharpness and amount of noise reduction.. full preview. unlimited size. privacy. Batch resize entire texture libraries… Superior quality except for those odd line artifacts… i say more pros than cons. if you have powerful hardware such as AMD thread ripper or RTX GPU it is superior in speed.

  • You can still try PhotoZoom (Pro) PS: Would like to have the picture (lo-res and original) to do more comparisons and compare with your results, without having to test them all.

  • (2:05) for anyone interested, there's a quicker way to center an image on your canvas. anytime you copy and paste an image onto your canvas, PS will automatically paste it into the center of your current selection. but by deselecting the canvas (ctrl+D), anything you paste will be placed right in the center of the canvas. also, remember that when you paste something into PS, it will always paste that object into the center of whatever is selected. therefore, if you have a small circular selection in the corner of your canvas, PS wil paste it into the center of that selection (meaning that both objects will share the same centerpoint but won't be upscaled/downscaled to fit into that selection).

    btw, sometimes the image your pasting can't be perfectly centered onto the canvas (for instance, when pasting a 99 x 99 pixel image into a 100 x 100 canvas, the center would require a half-pixel border). if that happens, though, there's another way to move your image in increments less than a pixel at a time. by hitting ctrl+T (to transform the image), you can then nudge your image w/ the arrow keys, fractions of a pixel at a time. keep in mind that in doing this, PS is basically just re-interpolating the image, so your image WILL be slightly different on a pixel for pixel basis. w/ that said, if your image has a clean, solid color border, the border might look a little fuzzy depending on the overall size of the canvas. if the project is for print, it probably won't be noticeable. it's mainly just on small images/icons/buttons for the internet (using the older 72 dpi standard for web content) in which it might be noticeable (although w/ the high resolution web content that most now use, even then it probably wouldn't be noticeable).

    note: these PS tricks are kind of old and as such, might be outdated (assuming PS has a setting option in preferences that allows PS to automatically re-interpolate pasted images to perfectly center them).

  • I really cannot understand how he likes LetsEnhance so much. They basically just softened the entire image to where you lose most of the detail. This is like the lazy man's way of doing a portrait of someone with like bad skin or something instead of cleaning the blemishes up individually, just make the entire image really soft and bam, wrinkles and everything disappear. It's terrible. To me that would have been the absolute last place…

  • Wow, the more I watch this… Dude, if you really love that softness so much, go to photoshop, open the image, use camera raw filter, and just turn Clarity all the way to the left. BAM, every image is the most beautiful image… I mean, I appreciate you showing the services, but your love for letsenhance just completely baffles my mind…

  • There are so many things wrong with this test. To name a couple, there are areas of the image that are BETTER with the other software. It depends in the content and what part of the content is the most important. Also, viewing distances in Photoshop other than 12.5, 25%, 50%, 100% are INTERPOLATIONS and can not be trusted for very critical evaluation of details. you seem to zoom at any distance.

  • You spend $75 dollars and did not even slide the settings sliders! Why not take easy advantage of the various settings of the Topaz Gigapixel?

  • you are not the only one with gigapixel disapointment headache. unfortunately i did not checked your video bevore i bought the tool. you are the best 🙂

  • You do realize that jpg is a lossy file format which means every time you save a new copy it loses some detail and creates some artifacts.

  • I respect you so didn't expect you to even qualify Letsenhance, only snapchat/ig extreme-skin-softening-filter loving teenagers would rate it as high as you did.

  • Guess it's a matter of taste, but LetEnhance was my least favorite really, losing too much detail is a big nono for me. Photoshop would have been my number two or three really….Thanks for the review though.

  • maybe for gigapixel AI seem looks like not compatible/ suitable with your system configuration on graphic processing, its different when you proceed it online… CMIIW

  • Huh… I'll be the lone dissenter in this case and say that I like LetsEnhance's skin texture better, where ever there's low contrast.

  • OMG! I think that Imglarger is worst!
    I mean think about it:(whole this video is based on your personal opinion, and I noticed that you like it when is more artificial.)
    You can't measure A.I.'s image upstairs like that. I mean you need to watch from the original photo!
    Upscaler was the best one(I think, doesn't mean it's true).
    Also, you had options on-site you didn't use, and in some cases, they did it automatically.
    Not fair… but still nice video. 😀

  • Love your content. But you placed Gigapixel last and in reality and it's so far ahead of the others. Did you not learn to use it. Did you turn face refinement off? You don't want to add AI info to a face that's already good. A more simple upscale is all you want for a portrait that's already clean like this one you used.

    In 20 years of this , nothing has come even close to Gigapixel AI for being able to enhance sometimes what was not even there. It's a total game changer and the closest thing to Hollywood "Magnify and Enhance" It's far ahead of the pack in terms of overall abilities. Perhaps Topaz needs to put a more clear "gentle" mode in for files that are actually good and just need basic up-scaling. But you missed the BIG fish with this one. There's a full review on my channel. Check out what it can really do and come back to it please.

  • I've been using ON1 for scaling up images, but I just tested ImgLarger and found that it's significantly better than ON1

  • Nice review but you forgot the oldwst (and still the best) of all these kind of apps: BENVISTA PHOTOZOOM PRO. Thats the app that tops all the others by far.That said, Ive owned GigaPixel AI since version 1 till the latest. They NEVER fixed the horizontal artifacts lines.. never! In version 1 they already admitted there was an ''issue'' with the app that they would ''promptly'' fix. 3 versions later, is the same s..t. They have no idea how to fix their own app while the keeo upping the version and publishing fake sample files that are clean as water! BS! All of ot! Throughout the uears I am yet to try ANY app from TopazLabs that works well or is not riddled with bugs. I can't understand how companies like that survive. I am done with them.This said, IMAGELARGER is not a solution either. Web interfaces are slow as hell (not everyone in the world has access to super fast connections, such as myself) and the maximum size is only 2000×2000 pixels.. aka 4MP images. Worthless. My interest is enlarging 50MP+ images by 4x to 8x size to kake large prints, this is the reason I bought GigaPixel AI. IMAGELARGER is an (expensive) toy to upscale small images for web use, thats all.

    Thanks for the video and make another one with BENVISTA PHOTOZOOM PRO.. that's the real deal. And don't forget to finish the video by comparing the upscaled image to the original high-res one. Big oversight and kind of makes the whole point of this video redundant.

  • Hello , very nice video, but you dissapointed me a little. Why don't you compare the results to original image, which you downscaled before test. Not only quallity matters. It can paint to you nice nose or nice hair, but it should be close to original. And you didn't compare to it.

  • Love your channel and the fact you use PC on YOUR tutorials. It really helps me feel at home and keeps me coming back to your tutorials. This was a very important video for me to watch and one that left me a bit confused. I get that this type of judgment can be very subjective, but I felt that giving LetsEnhance so much credit felt a bit biased. LetsEnhance softened quite heavily and removed a LOT of detail! I would have put it very close to the bottom, and photoshop much higher due to the simplicity, and built-in feature which actually did an excellent job. Removing detail from an image is completely the opposite of what we are looking for in an upscaling algorithm. The whole idea is for the technology to help us find lost detail back – not smooth it out so much that it looks blurry almost. 😣

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  • @PiXimperfect When dragging a photo into an existing comp, just hold "Shift" while dragging it and it will place it automatically within the comp limits… Not sure you already know it, since you keep mentioning that it's not properly aligned 🙂

  • Why did you make a fake thumbnail with a significantly pixelated image and make it out that you upscaled it to the right image when the truth is the image you are using is not nearly so pixelated. Down Voted

  • .. now imglarger are gonna rise prices ;D… I am little suprised by the results!.. I think Gigabyte AI is awesome software company and results I got from it are stunning, I think you have to spend some more time. check their noise reduction software it's amasing.

  • Thank you. You just saved me $74.
    The only thing I would not be happy about is sending my image to a third party to make larger. I would assume they then have a copy of my work on their servers.

  • The reason Topaz had those lines is because of your computer. NOT windows, NOT their software. You probably need to update your graphics drivers or change some settings back if you have been messing around with the graphics card control panel.
    Topaz works perfectly fine on my computer, no lines. What ur seeing there is a graphics card/driver issue just like you would see on a game if you had the same issue because its using the graphics card to process the image.

  • Some engines had in-built noise reduction and blur reduction, and some made it optional. And when it's optional he discards them, but when doing comparition he prefers those without noise…logic.

  • Bullshit. You should save downscaled image with 50-60% compressed jpg for this to make sense. Artifacts, thats what matters. Everything else Photoshop will handle perfectly on its own.

  • This is a terrible demonstration, you are down-scaling an image and then using software to upscale it. The real test comes when the source image has not been down-scaled, it's a lot easier to reverse a downscale than for the source image to be that size naturally.

  • Never seen those artifacts with Gigapixel. But I don't expect much from someone who thinks blur equals good upscaling. He prefers a simple blur-filter followed by an edge sharpening filter. Not at all the same AI-enhanced upscaling from Gigapixel which actually creates some detail and not just blurs the pictures.

  • Its strange, but I don't see the artifacts he was seeing in the Gigapixel enlarger when I use it. However, at 4x enlarging the gigapixel does pretty much always introduce other strange artifacts wherever there was image noise or massive compression artifacts without manually adjusting the smoothing, though my source images. For example, cement blocks with a lot of grunge on it, and JPEG compression artifacts on top of that makes strange light and dark squiggles when enlarged. but I have found for small JPEG images with bad JPEG compression artifacts, I can get amazingly clear images by using gigapixel with a 1.1:1 (custom) up to 2:1 enlargement setting and a little smoothing to produce almost magically clean results. I'll have to try some of these websites to see how they compare on my problematic images.

  • Actually, I don't have or use Photoshop, but I do watch your videos, and I am a subscriber. I am sure I am not the only one. I use ACDSee Ultimate, which is very similar to Photoshop and Lightroom. Unfortunately, there are not many high-quality tutorials specific to ACDSee on YouTube, but at least 80-90% of the photoshop techniques you teach on your channel can be performed with little to no changes on ACDSee. You are probably THE best photoshop tutor on YouTube, so I do not mind having to figure out how to take the photoshop tools and techniques you demonstrate and translating them over to my ACDSee workflow. Thanks again for another great video.

  • Hi, I use gigapixel a lot. It is weird, I never seen those lines like that. Please let us download that test image so we can compare

  • This is a terrible video. No serious professional is gonna be resizing photos with random websites that nobody has heard of. Topaz and ON1 Resize are probably the top two solutions out there. Dude needs to check his eyes if he thinks that blurry mess was good.

  • You favoured imglarger for its detail preservation yet the second place is given to possibly the softest one, while the third one is again given to a tool that preserves details much better.
    It seems like your criteria changed randomly. Bias maybe?

  • Ultimate upscale: delete the low quality upscales and just keep the best layers. Align all those images pixel perfect on top of each other. Select all the layers and convert them into a smart object. Go to the layers menu and select the smart object stack mode. Set it to Median. This will blend all the images together, taking the best from each image and averaging out any noise for a silky smooth image.

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