Autopilot Broken

Prior to 1.4.0, all autopilot ever suggested what noise reduction.

Starting with 1.4.0, all Photo AI suggests is Sharpen/Standard. I’ve tried bright daylight shots at 1/500th and ISO 100, astro shots at 15s ISO 3200, and everything in between. Truly no matter what the image is, no matter how obvious the noise or motion blur, the autopilot suggestion is ALWAYS Sharpen/Standard.

Using the PS plugin. Yes, everything is up to date.

Topaz Photo AI v1.40 and 1.4.1 on Windows

Thanks for reaching out. Could you share two images that you think need remove noise but only sharpen is turned on instead?

You can securely submit your image(s) to my Dropbox using the link below. Please be sure to send me a note to let me know you sent something.
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I can confirm this behavior and then share with my team so we can fix this if it’s not working.


Thank YOU for reaching out. It’s encouraging to know that Topaz’ engineering is listening.

I just sent you 6 files. After I started sending the PSD’s, it occurred to me that they had already been processed using Topaz 1.4.0 (to my taste) so they’re not going to show you anything. Please ignore the psd’s and look at the dng’s opened in Photoshop.

I’ve since upgraded to 1.4.2 and it is better, in that it now suggests both sharpening and noise reduction for noisy images.

216-1061: Tunnel with extreme noise. V1.4.0 suggested only sharpening. V1.4.2 suggests both sharpening and noise reduction. I’ve looked at 200% and sharpening does almost nothing. Noise reduction works well.

223-1543: Sunflower in daylight at ISO 100. V1.4.0 and V1.4.2 suggest only sharpening. Because it’s a high contrast backlit shot, even at 100%, it’s obvious that the flower petals and central flower area benefit from noise reduction. At 200%, it’s even more obvious.

223-1580: Milky Way through trees with considerable noise: V1.4.0 suggested only sharpening. V1.4.2 suggests both sharpening and noise reduction. Sharpening makes the subject area (which AI identified as the trees) look way over sharpened, especially considering that the sky is actually the point of interest.

Again, V1.4.2 is at least suggesting noise reduction when it is obviously needed. However, it still suggests sharpening for every image, even when it does nothing or degrades the image.

Just a note… I contribute stock images to Adobe Stock, Dreamstime, and Shutterstock. Shutterstock is HIGHLY sensitive to noise and will reject the image if there is ANY noise or noise reduction/sharpening artifacts present. Adobe is less sensitive, but still rejects images for very slight noise. Dreamstime is not at all picky about noise and accepts almost anything. But I submit the same files to all three, so I have to process to Shutterstock standards.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can provide more images that would be useful.


Thanks for sharing the files. As it stands, Autopilot seems not to perform as you want.

We will be adding more settings to control the Autopilot in the next 1-2 months including when filters are turned on and how strong the settings are when turned on.

What is the behavior you are expecting for the sharpening? It sounds like it’s not working as expected, what is the ideal scenario?

Hi, Lingyu.

I apologize if I gave you the impression that I don’t like the way sharpening works. In general, I think it works well. There are times when noise reduction does a better job of sharpening than sharpening does. And there are many more times when the lens blur or motion blur options are far better than standard (which sharpening always suggests). But I certainly don’t expect it to work perfectly on every image - simply not possible.

I have uploaded two additional images for you.

223-0732: Tree. AI V1.4.2 suggested noise reduction only. I can’t see why. It was taken in daylight at ISO 100 and I don’t see any noise in the image. Changing the settings to sharpening/lens blur improves the image.
223-0737: Interior. AI V1.4.2 suggested sharpening only. Again, I can’t see why. It was taken at ISO 800 and has considerable noise. Sharpening adds considerably more apparent noise, evident in the wooden chairs in the background in front of the fireplace. Changing the settings to noise reduction/standard improves the image.

Again, I hope this helps your team.

These certainly will be useful. I shared it with my team so they can review the autopilot parameters and see what may need to change.

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