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Upscaling / enhancement improvement

Explorer ,
Aug 14, 2023 Aug 14, 2023

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I still have to use upscale.media and now have added an app to my pc for upscaling an image. The AI does more than just sharpen, but takes a huge amount of work off of me by upscaling and enhancing images and is 8 / 10 times really spot on. I still have to do a lot of work - but that would be a huge benefit.

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Sorry - I should have posted a reference photo before - I did not and don't think I can edit the post. Here is a sample image from online (it was free royalties according to the website - but you never know these days so I only took a snippet of it to protect the entire picture/artist's original work). In the first image with the original and photoshop (not doing any of my own work), I used photoshop's smart sharpen, lens blur, amount 410, radius 1.8, reduce noise 82 & changed the shadows: fade 41, width 74, radius 27, highlights: fade 26, width 26, radius 27 and got what I really think is the best pull-out from that trying to preseve tones and shadows whilst getting some sharpening. Maybe someone else could have done better? But - how long do I spend tweaking photoshop's smart sharpen vs. just doing my own? In the second image is a side by side of the same image with upscale.media and photoshop's smart sharpen. Now - upscale media's still left a bit of a blur in this one and as I said, it is only totally spot on 8 / 10 times or so (and I am by no means a fan as I specifically rely on adobe for all of my artwork and am a fan of Adobe's series). However, I thought this was a good example to use because 1) the original image isn't that "great" - so this will be a true "challenge" and 2) the upscale image is massively shrunk down from its enhanced size to match the size of the original. Even after photoshop's sharpening, I could not upscale that image without total pixelation, so this is where upscaling matters. I could easily come in behind the upscaled image and add sharpening (which I tested with near identical settings and it looked pretty darn good given the original image quality), and the total effect is much better as my color transitions remain smoother and better looking. Again, I could have done a mass zoom in and enhanced all of this on my own or even used photoshop's blur / sharpen tool on a small scale to make the improvements - but the idea is that a tool in photoshop that takes this burden off of the digitizer / editor is helpful. Hopefully this give a little more insight into this suggestion.WeddingBellsExample2.jpgWeddingBellsExample.jpg

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