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Topaz Photo AI Review – 3 in 1 Excellence with just 1 problem.

Topaz Photo AI Review

In this Topaz Photo AI Review, we’re looking at Topaz Labs’ all-in-one image-quality enhancement studio for PC and Mac. And since Photo AI is based on the Topaz Trio, namely Gigapixel AI, Sharpen AI, and Denoise AI, expectations are high.

Fortunately, Topaz Photo AI doesn’t disappoint and is possibly the ultimate one-stop shop for denoising, sharpening, and upscaling your images. That being said, Topaz Photo AI isn’t perfect, and depending on your needs, you may be better off with an alternative product. So, is Topaz Photo AI right for you? Let’s find out. Jump to Conclusion


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Topaz Photo AI Review – Contents

What is Topaz Photo AI

Topaz Photo AI is an all-in-one image enhancement application for PC and Mac that will denoise, sharpen, and upscale your photos. In other words, Topaz Photo AI is what you get when you melt Gigapixel AI, Sharpen AI, and Denoise AI down into a single interface.

Topaz Photo AI can correct out-of-focus photos.

But we must be clear on what Topaz Photo AI is not. Specifically, Topaz Photo AI is an image enhancer, not a photo editor. In other words, you cannot use Photo AI to crop your images, adjust exposure, or correct white balance. As a result, you still need to pair Topaz Photo AI with a traditional photo editing application.

To that end, Topaz Photo can run standalone or as a plugin for the following photo editing applications.

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic
  • Capture One

For more information on other Topaz Products, check out,

What does Topaz Photo AI do?

As an all-in-one photo enhancer, Topaz Photo AI can do the following.

  • Correct out-of-focus photos
  • Correct motion blur
  • Sharpen Photos
  • Upscale and Enlarge photos.
  • Enhance Photo Resolution
  • Noise Reduction

As you’ll find out later in this Topaz Photo AI review, Photo AI works and will succeed in transforming your ‘nearly’ photos into keepers. Furthermore, Topaz Photo AI can automatically do all of this for you with its Autopilot Feature.

Auto Pilot

In addition to putting its greatest hits under one roof, Topaz Labs has come up with Auto Pilot. With Auto Pilot enabled, Topaz Photo AI will automatically assess your photo, identify and mask your subject, and apply the appropriate amount of sharpening and noise reduction without you lifting a finger.

Topaz Photo AI has excellent subject recognition and masking.

As you will see later in this Topaz Photo AI review, Autopilot effectively and reliably produces images on par with those processed with manual adjustments.

Topaz Photo AI Review Video

Topaz Photo AI Release Date

15th September 2022

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Topaz Photo AI Download

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Topaz Photo AI Trial

You can download the free Topaz Photo AI trial here – Download

What is the latest version of Topaz Photo AI?

Topaz Photo AI v1.1.1 includes the latest bug fixes and speed enhancements. More notably, the ‘Standard’ joins ‘Lens Blur’ and ‘Motion Blur’ in the sharpening module along with a slider for ‘Clarity.’ Visit Topaz Labs’ Release page for more information on Topaz Photo AI v1.1.1.

Topaz Photo AI has gained some new features and improvements since its release.

Topaz Photo AI System Requirements

SpecsPCMac
CPUAMD and Intel i5 (2011 onwards)Intel i5 (2011 onwards), Apple M1
RAM12GB (16GB Recommended)Intel – 16GB (24GB Optimum), Apple M1 – 8GB (16GB Optimum)
GPUNvidia GTX 900 4GB, AMD 400 4GBAll
Display1280×7201280*720
Source – Topaz Labs

Topaz Photo AI Price

Topaz Photo AI costs US$199, excluding sales and promotions. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and be notified of the latest deals and discounts on Topaz and other products.

Topaz Photo AI Tutorial

Topaz Photo AI is designed to be easy to use – especially if you leave it in Auto Pilot.

#1 Open your Image

Upon opening your photo, Topaz Photo AI’s Autopilot will assess your image and automatically apply noise reduction and sharpening as it sees fit. At which point, you could be done!

Comparing the original and processed photo in Topaz Photo AI.

#2 Making your adjustments

Alternatively, you can ignore Autopilot and process the image yourself. There are five different adjustments. Noise Removal, Sharpening, Face Recovery, Enhance Resolution, and upscale. Adjust each until you like what you see. If you wet the bed, you can always restore the autopilot settings.

Topaz Photo AI is stocked with straightforward and effective adjustments.

#3 Reviewing and Saving your image

Topaz Photo AI offers three different review modes. A full-screen option allows you to bounce between the original and processed image, while a side-by-side comparison view serves both versions to your eyes at once. Finally, there’s an excellent old before-and-after slider view. Once you’re happy with your image – hit the big blue Save Image button, and you’re done.

You can save your photos as TIFF, JPEG, and more

Topaz Photo AI Test

This is the part of this Topaz Photo AI Review where we find out if Topaz Photo AI is any good. To that end, here is a collection of before and after samples cropped to 100%.

Topaz Photo AI for Wildlife Photos

A noisy photo of a New Zealand Fantail

This is a 24-megapixel raw image of a fantail processed with Topaz Photo AI on Autopilot with a little extra sharpening for good measure.

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Topaz Photo AI for Portraits

Many software applications struggle with portraits, as processing requires a light touch to maintain skin tones and features. In this regard, Topaz Photo AI nails it by correcting this poorly focused portrait without corrupting the subject’s features.

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Topaz Photo AI for fine detail

Like Topaz Sharpen AI, Topaz Photo AI excels in correcting motion blur. Fine detail? No problem.

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Topaz Photo AI Stress Test

This photo was taken with a 3-megapixel point-and-shoot, and I include it here as a stress test for Topaz Photo AI. Overall, Topaz Photo AI did a great job. If you have a load of old photos to remaster, try Topaz Photo AI.

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Is Topaz Photo AI any good?

As the above Topaz Photo AI Tests demonstrate, Topaz Photo AI is excellent. Overall, you can consider Topaz Photo AI to be the sum of its amazing parts, namely Gigapixel AI, Sharpen AI, and Denoise AI, with a dash of convenience.

Upscaled to 400% with Out-of-focus correction with Topaz Photo AI

Does Auto Pilot work

Autopilot did an excellent job of auto-tuning my images, and I was very impressed with how accurately it recognized and masked my photo’s subject.

Furthermore, the adjustments applied by Auto Pilot in terms of results were broadly competitive with my manual adjustments. Therefore, Autopilot is ideal if you’re looking for a quick, hands-off approach to image enhancement.

Auto Subject Recognition and Masking in Topaz Photo AI

Is Topaz Photo AI Slow

Speed has always been a weak point for Topaz products, and Topaz Photo AI is no exception. For instance, when you open your image and apply or adjust an enhancement, Topaz Phot AI will pause between 10-15 seconds to rerender the image.

Furthermore, Topaz Photo AI will slow further with each enhancement you add. For instance, if you denoise and sharpen your photo, you’ll wait twice as long.

Nonetheless, I consider the wait entirely reasonable, given the quality of the result. But if you’re happy to trade a little quality for speed, an alternative product is coming up soon in this Topaz Photo AI review.

Ease of Use

Topaz Photo AI is very straightforward to use. For instance, leaving Photo AI in its automatic Autopilot mode means you’ll barely lift a finger. But even if you make the adjustments yourself – you’ll find the settings accessible, sensibly categorized, and well-named.

Topaz Photo AI Alternatives

Topaz Photo AI’s main competitors are,

  • Topaz Image Quality Bundle
  • DxO PureRaw 2
  • ON1 Professional Plugin Series
  • OM Workspace (for Olympus cameras)

Topaz Photo AI Compared

Topaz Photo AI vs Topaz Image Quality Bundle

The Topaz Image Quality includes Topaz Sharpen AI, Denoise AI, and Gigapixel AI, and all three of these applications are exceptional.

Recently, I tested Topaz Photo AI against Topaz Shapen AI and found them to produce near-identical results. Therefore, if all you want is a photo sharpener, you might as well save some money and buy Topaz Sharpen AI.

If you need sharpening, check out my Topaz Sharpen AI review.

And while I have yet to write up my head-to-head comparisons of Topaz Photo AI, Topaz Denoise AI, and Gigapixel AI, I expect to find very little difference based on my real-world use of all three.

Denoise AI – Read Topaz Denoise AI Review

However, Topaz Photo AI is a single self-contained photo enhancement application, while the Topaz Image Quality trio are three separate products. This is problematic for two reasons.

The first and most obvious is that you may need to bounce between multiple Topaz products to enhance a single image. Secondly, while each Topaz Product has its automatic mode, each is separate and disconnected from the other. Therefore, Topaz Photo AI is a superior option for automatically applying multiple adjustments in a balanced way.

But if you only care about Sharpening, Upscaling, or Noise Reduction – you lose nothing by choosing Sharpen AI, Gigapixel, or Denoise AI, and you’ll save some money too.

Topaz Photo AI vs DxO PureRAW 2

In technical terms, Topaz Photo AI and DxO PureRAW 2 are pretty different. Specifically, Topaz Photo is an all-in-one AI-powered denoiser, sharpener, and upscaler. In contrast, DxO PureRaw 2 is an AI-powered noise reduction application.

Read DxO PureRAW Review

However, DxO PureRaw 2 is cheaper, and its noise reduction is much faster and at least as good as that of Topaz Photo AI. And while DxO PureRaw 2 cannot fix poor focus or motion blur, its camera-and-lens-specific optical modules process and enhance soft photos to perfection.

So, if you’re looking for a quick way to denoise and polish unblurred raw files, check out DxO Pure Raw 2. Read DxO PureRaw Review.

Topaz Photo AI vs ON1 Plugin Bundle

ON1 also has some fantastic image enhancement apps. In terms of upscaling, denoising, and sharpening – there’s ON1 Resize AI and ON1 NoNoise AI. Alternatively, you can buy both of these applications as part of the ON1 Plugin Bundle and enjoy an HDR plugin and the excellent ON1 Effects. Read ON1 Plugin Bundle Review.

Read ON1 NoNoise AI Review

But, the biggest bargain is to buy ON1 Photo Raw, a full-blown photo editing and management tool that includes all ON1 Plugins built-in. Read ON1 Photo Raw Review for more information.

Read ON1 Photo Raw 2023 Review

Overall, ON1’s image enhancement apps run faster than Topaz’s. Regarding photo denoising, ON1 NoNoise AI’s noise reduction is on par with Topaz Photo AI and Denoise AI, while it’s built-in sharpening, TackSharp AI, falls well short of its Topaz alternatives. Read ON1 NoNoise AI Review for more information.

Furthermore, ON1 Resize AI cannot match Gigapixel or Topaz Photo’s upscaling, but it is loaded with extra print-friendly features, and user presets. Read ON1 Resize AI Review.

Topaz Photo AI vs OM Workspace

Topaz Photo AI’s image sharpening and noise reduction are superior to OM Workspace. And unlike OM Workspace, Topaz Photo AI will process images taken with any camera – not just the OM-D M1ii and newer.

Read OM Workspace AI Noise Reduction Tested and Compared

So, if you’re looking for the best photo noise reduction for your Micro Four Thirds images, Topaz Photo AI won’t disappoint. Read OM Workspace AI Noise Reduction Tested and Compared for more information.


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Conclusion

Topaz Photo AI combines first-class image enhancement applications Gigapixel, Denoise AI, and Sharpen AI and places them into one single coherent application. In other words, Topaz Photo AI is the sum of its excellent parts with a little dash of convenience on top.

Topaz Photo AI is genuinely spectacular.

But as the sum of its parts, Topaz Photo AI also inherits some issues – namely speed. While Topaz Photo AI is no slower than most AI image enhancement tools, ON1 alternatives such as NoNoise AI and Resize AI do much the same thing faster. And you can have those tools AND a fully-fledged photo editor in ON1 Photo Raw.

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Furthermore, Topaz Photo AI only makes sense if you want denoising, sharpening, and upscaling. For instance, if you only want an excellent noise-reduction application, you’d be better off buying the equally effective Denoise AI as a standalone.

But if you want two or more of these standalone Topaz products, Topaz Photo AI is the way to go. Topaz’s noise reduction technology is outstanding, and its sharpening technology is so good it corrects poor focus and motion blur to the point where I’m impressed every time I use it.

So if you’re looking for world-class sharpening, noise reduction, and upscaling in a single ridiculously easy-to-use package – Topaz Photo AI is your ticket.

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