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How to make better holiday photos with AI-powered editing software

As we wrap-up the festive season and review the many family photos snapped throughout all of our holiday traditions, you may come across a few shots that are almost perfect.

Photographing holidays, like all live events, calls for a reportage style of photography: You’ll shoot quickly to catch the perfect moment, but sometimes the light will be a little low, or your shutter speed a bit slow, or the subject doesn’t quite fill the frame. Authentic moments unfold spontaneously, in real-time, and there are no “do-overs”. 

When you make that almost perfect shot — a great moment, with some technical flaws — all you need is a little help in post-production to make that image to shine. Topaz Labs offers a whole collection of AI-powered photo editing apps to help you rescue your photos.

Tackle low-light photos

Holiday lights look stunning in a dimly-lit room, but they are difficult to photograph. When you’re shooting in low light without a flash, you’ll struggle to shoot at a fast shutter speed unless you raise your ISO.

Higher ISOs increase the sensitivity of your camera’s sensor, so you can freeze motion even in low light. But this higher sensitivity comes at a price: noise. Noise is like a veil of static across an entire photo, muddling the details and depth of your image.

DeNoise AI uses machine learning tech to tackle heavy image noise, so your photos looks crisp and clean even at ISO 10,000 and above. It’s the perfect app to finish your nighttime holiday photos.

Sharpen blurry images

You’ve never seen a kid fly across a room faster than on Christmas morning! They’re all smiles as they tear into their gifts under the tree. These are the best moments filled with pure joy and lightning speed. But capturing those happy moments are difficult, because quick-moving subjects often leave us with a little motion blur in the final photo.

Correcting missed focus and motion blur is easy with Sharpen AI. You can choose from three AI Models Sharpen, Stabilize, or Focus to correct a soft image in one click. The results will give you more detail, for crystal-clear holiday memories. 

Make your photos perfect for printing

Sometimes you’ll shoot the perfect portrait if only your subject was filling the frame! If you need to crop-in to your photo to recompose the perfect shot, how many pixels are you losing? How much resolution do you sacrifice by cropping?

The solution is simple. Gigapixel AI makes it possible to upscale your image up to 600% with enhanced detail and sharpness. Achieve cleaner, crisper, bigger photos, ideal for print.

What's your biggest photo challenge?

Whether it’s capturing crisp photos or creating the perfect composition, we all have our own challenges with photography. What’s your biggest photo challenge? Let us know in the comments!

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How To Crop Your Photos and Recover 100% Resolution with Gigapixel AI

Sometimes you want to work with a portion of a photo, but "cropping in" reduces resolution. Gigapixel AI helps you crop images without compromising your pixel count.

It’s a great feeling to find the perfect image for your project, but what if you only want to work with a portion of the photo? Cropping into an image reduces the overall resolution which limits your use—especially for print, where every pixel counts. Let’s take a look at how Gigapixel AI can help you upsize your cropped photos by up to 600% and restore full-size resolution.

Crop and Resize with Gigapixel AI

Let’s start with a great image that would be made better with cropping. You can follow along yourself by downloading a totally free trial of Gigapixel AI, and downloading our free demo image.

The image we’re working with is 1920 x 1276 pixels, which is suitable for most uses but we want to crop tightly on the model’s face. 

Launch the image in Gigapixel AI, and click on the crop tool to select your crop. Apply your selection. After cropping, our image is now only 484 x 294 pixels—not much to work with here! Let’s see how Gigapixel can improve this crop.

In the main Gigapixel AI interface, we see a preview of 4X upscaling, which gives us an output of 1936 x 1176 pixels. You’ll see that the compression artifacts are gone, the model’s skin is smooth, and the details are sharp. But can we go even further?

We bump up our photo enlargement to 6X, or 600% larger than the cropped resolution. 

This gives us an output of 2904 x 1764 pixels — larger than our original uncropped image — and yet the output is still silky smooth with sharp detail in the right places. 

Gigapixel AI proves yet again to be an incredible image upscaling tool. But how does it compare to Photoshop?

Gigapixel AI vs Photoshop

 Let’s see whether Gigapixel can beat Photoshop, using the latest 2021 edition of Photoshop and its best image enlargement mode.

Using the same image and crop, we attempted 600% image upscaling in Photoshop 2021 using the Bicubic Smoother (enlargement) resampling mode.

The upscaling results in Photoshop were completely underwhelming. Compression artifacts are everywhere, and there is a lack of detail across the entire image. 

A side-by-side comparison says it all. Gigapixel drastically outperforms Photoshop even up to 6X image upscaling. 

Unlike older image editing algorithms, Gigapixel uses machine-learning technology to analyze your photo alongside millions of images to intelligently calculate the best output — this is why the results continue to shock and impress photographers all over the world. Try it totally free and see for yourself!

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Getting Started with Topaz Gigapixel AI

This article is to introduce you to and provide you with some helpful resources to using Topaz Gigapixel AI, the industry’s most advanced upscaling and photo enlargement solution powered by artificial intelligence!

Why You’d Want to Use Topaz Gigapixel AI

Gigapixel AI breathes new life into images that you may have previously considered impossible to enlarge. Whether it’s a photo from vacation 10 years ago in your low-res image library, smartphone photos, a cropped image you’d like to add resolution to, a full-size image you want to turn into an even larger print, scanned photos that leave something to be desired, or a high-quality video still, Gigapixel AI allows you to upscale your photos by up to 600% while preserving image quality.

No matter why you’re enlarging your photos, you always want the best possible quality for your results. So, let’s get into Gigapixel AI!

When to Use Topaz Gigapixel AI in Your Workflow

We recommend using Gigapixel AI at the end of your photo editing workflow to finish an image that has been edited in Topaz Studio, Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, or other image editing software. This will minimize the amount of work needed to fine-tune the image post-upsampling!

How Topaz Gigapixel AI Works

Traditional up-scale methods use “interpolation” (bi-cubic, Lanczos, fractal, etc.) to create higher resolution images, but exhibit limitations such as loss of detail and sharpness, which causes very pixelated and blurry upsampled images. Gigapixel AI, however, analyzes the image and recognizes details and structures and “completes” the image with AI models that we have trained in our lab!

Our AI models are trained with thousands of images with different resolutions to learn how to distinguish poorly upsampled images from high-quality upsampled images. During this training period, our models not only learn to distinguish quality, but also learn to recognize certain structures within the image. This information is committed to memory and used later as a reference to complete and achieve high-quality upsampled images.

Installation Tips

Here’s a quick rundown to get you up and running with Topaz Gigapixel AI!

BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD, Gigapixel AI has higher requirements than some of our other applications, so please check out the requirements below and see what kind of performance to expect:

After meeting the requirements, simply follow the directions below:

  • Download Gigapixel AI from the Topaz Labs Downloads Page.
  • Log in with your Topaz Labs account or the email address that you used to purchase.

To start a free, 30-day trial, please follow the directions below:

Extra Tip: Started a trial, bought the product, and still seeing “trial” on the application? No worries. Simply click “Help” in the top toolbar and then click “Update Product Ownership.” And with just those few clicks, your product will be updated.

Using Gigapixel AI

Ready for a crash course in Gigapixel AI to get started? Check out our 5 minute walkthrough for a quick tutorial!

Other Resources for Gigapixel AI

We’re fortunate to have several Topaz product educators that help us out with live, instructional webinars! Greg Rostami started working with Topaz Labs over 10 years ago as a product evangelist at trade shows. In this recorded webinar, Greg showcases several examples of how Gigapixel AI can fine-tune all of the missing details when enlarging photos.

Still have some questions on Gigapixel AI? No worries. We’ve gathered up some frequently asked questions and our knowledge base of Gigapixel articles.