Overall, it’s a great product. Can we expect a new update or is it replaced by Sharpen AI (which I like less after trying the demo).
I have a few observations that may help (or not) for future development.
- After using my raw images directly in Topaz Studio/AI clear, I just didn’t like the Studio controls for image shadows/highglights and so on. However I reckon using AI clear directly on the raw file produces much better results than on an already processed file. Which leads to the second point:
- processed images in ACR needs to be left with color noise reduction to 0 to offer the best denoise result. Maybe a set of training on images that have had already been color denoised? The results on such file is atrocious, leaving smudges of fat noise. Not a biggy anyway I saved defaults in ACR with no color denoise. But if AI Clear could have been trained on a set that accounts for color denoise, then it would work much better also on out of camera JPEGs in addition to quickly processed ACR/lightroom raws.
Here is an example, cropped 100%. Not sure which one will show first but the one with plenty of noise has received color noise reduction (default setting at 10) in ACR and the other has not.
- better and finer rendition of small details with medium and high denoise. It tends to fatten small details in fur/feathers and the likes and does not look very good even after a 50% downscaling. It looks near perfect in low denoise amount on files with reasonable noise.
- Less color shifting (if possible). The denoised result often shifts color quite noticeably, usually toward greens.
- a higher than high level of sharpen, but I guess that’d step on Sharpen AI’s feet ;).
Keep it up with “AI” stuff, way to go.