Topaz’s New Speedier A.I. Clear Removes Noise AND Sharpens Your Images
The video above is a review of Topaz A.I. Clear using examples and tips with this time-saving and useful tool for removing noise and enhancing detail. It is a Pro Adjustment, which is a paid enhancement for the free Topaz Studio.
I started using Topaz AI Clear in June when it was first released and also did a review of it then. Topaz just released a new version that has some really useful new tools along with a fairly significant speed increase. In the meantime I’ve been able to use AI Clear on a lot of different images. You can see a couple of examples and the Pro Adjustment in action by watching the video and get a feel for it with different types of subjects.
If you’ve been on the fence about buying A.I. Clear there really aren’t any downsides with this new version. Considering the amount of time it can save you, I think the cost is quite reasonable ( $51 if you use my coupon code JWOLFSON ) It’s significantly faster than the previous version and it now automatically evaluates the image to determine the “model strength” which is the amount of noise suppression. Most of the time it chooses well but you still can select it yourself. There is also an “Enhance Sharpness” option with low and high settings. I find this to be a pretty subtle effect. The biggest advantages are the speed increase and automatic model strength. The artificial intelligence does an amazing job of distinguishing detail from noise. I find myself using this on just about every image I bring into Studio because even when I don’t need any noise reduction it does a great job with capture sharpening.
The video I made should give you a good idea of how it works and what it does.
Happy Shooting (and processing)!
Joel Wolfson is an internationally published photographer who loves teaching as much as shooting. He shares his 30 years of experience as a working pro with other photographers and enthusiasts by way of his workshops, 1 on 1 training, webinars, articles, blog and speaking engagements. His technical articles have been translated for use in more than 30 countries yet he is best known for his artistic images of nature’s fleeting moments and unexpected views of everyday places around the globe. He is one of the pioneers of digital photography having conducted digital photography seminars for Apple and other corporations starting in the early 90s. His roster of notable clients includes numerous publications and fortune 500 companies. He currently works with great affiliates like Arizona Highways, Topaz Labs, ON1, and Skylum/Macphun to have more avenues for working with those wanting to pursue their love of photography. His goal is to make learning and improving one’s photography easy, fun and rewarding.
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