Topaz’s New AI Clear eliminates image noise intelligently
The video above is a quick preview and demonstration of Topaz Labs’ new AI Clear Pro Adjustment for Topaz Studio.
While the concept of controlling noisy images with detail retention isn’t new, the real beauty of AI Clear is its simplicity and ease of use. While Topaz’s DeNoise plug-in has always been one of the best noise reduction plug-ins out there, it has a learning curve with eleven different sliders and it takes some time to optimize an image. You can get to the same result much faster with AI Clear.
AI Clear is essentially one slider. I tried it on some really noisy images shot at high ISO and it handled them well. With my preliminary testing it looks like it will be a big time saver both for individual images and batch processing.
This Pro Adjustment works from within Topaz’s free, yet powerful, raw processor called Studio (see my recent review comparing raw processors.) If you already have Studio then just make sure you update it to the most recent version and AI Clear will appear in your Adjustments. You can try it for 30 days for free. If you decide to buy it, use coupon code JWOLFSON and you’ll get 15% off.
I have yet to put the batch processing to a real test. But because it uses AI to evaluate each image individually, it should work much better than batching images with non-AI noise reduction. I spoke with the folks at Topaz and they recommend batching similar types of images. For example, batching a bunch of images of same/similar subjects shot at night with high ISO rather mixing drastically different images. This may be obvious from the settings I demonstrate here in the video versus the portrait example above but I wanted to point it out nonetheless.
I’d recommend giving AI Clear a try which you can do for 30 days at no charge. If you have or shoot a lot of high ISO and/or long exposure images it could save you a lot of time.
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