The brightness information in a raw file is recorded very differently than the way it is stored in a standard digital image. If you were to display the raw file as a standard image, it would be very dark and low contrast.
This link does a decent job of explaining the Raw transformation.
I have used many kinds of software on many computers (Windows PCs, Macs) over many years. Currently I have both a PC and M1 Mac. Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, Vuescan, Faststone, XnviewMP, Neat Image, darktable, Firefox, Edge, Chrome, Safari, and lots of other programs. Photo AI is the only one that when it is not doing anything (or should not be doing anything) is using up lots of CPU and ramping up the speed and making the fan turn on and get loud. During the initial startup that would not seem unusual or strange, but it continues and does not stop until I stop the program.
Photo AI is executing some pretty heavy duty code and using the CPU while it is just sitting there with no photo open. What code is being executed? What is it doing? There is either a serious bug or something nefarious is going on. Using my computer for crypto mining or something else? That seems very unlikely, but something wrong and bad is happening. The same thing was happening with earlier versions of Photo AI also. I assume it is just a serious bug, but after months it is strange it has not been fixed.
Denoise AI and Gigapixel AI do not have this problem. I just discovered that Sharpen AI 4.1.0 does have this problem also though.
I think we need to stop here as you don’t seem to understand that a RAW file must be processed to get an image where noise reduction and sharpening can be applied. They CANNOT be applied to the RAW file.
The profile that Topaz applies is different to all other RAW converters and then you can adjust that result in the app of your choice.
And I removed “son” from your reply, DON’T use that terminology to address any forum users unless, of course, you are talking to your son.
As well the “direction” Topaz is taking is clearly outlined here:
Hi! I’m new here and just starting to learn how to use the software. My main concern with Photo AI is how often it crashes on my Mac Studio. When it does crash, there’s no crashing reporting window. It just blinks out of existence. How is Topaz collecting data on why it’s crashing if nothing is being reported?
The 1.1 update is a disaster from a technical point of view. (Using a MacBook Pro with an M1 processor). It takes forever to load and to be able to import images. Then, when trying to save the images, the software crashes. On Friday I was able to save about 4 or 5 out of a batch of 20 before a crash; today I couldn’t even save 2! I’ve reached out to tech support twice and so far have not received a reply.
I even uninstalled and re installed the program; no difference. For me, the update rendered Photo AI 100% unusable.
I am inclined to attempt to go into Time Machine and restore version 1.0.10 but will give it a couple of days to see if anybody from Topaz is paying attention!
From this chat, it sounds like I’m not the only person experiencing this problem.
The initial (ie default) profile is applied by AFP without any user intervention.
PAI has recent coding updates to raw file processing that apply the RAW profile much closer to what AFP does (seen from the very similarly exposed end-result images as examples).
AFAIK, DeNoise does not have those updates, yet, but probably will eventually (TBH, I haven’t tracked the change log that closely). That’s why the DeNoise end result looks dark and low contrast; in this case a happy accident according to the OP.
What the hell? Are you on a power trip or something? I DID NOT repeat my post. I reported a problem with Photo AI in this forum and a problem with a completely different program, Sharpen AI, in that forum. You often jump the gun, do not read, and then use some power you have been given to censor stuff that maybe you do not like. Get over yourself and take a chill pill. I have seen you do this sort of thing to many people on these forums over many months. Maybe time you take a break from these forums?
You did great work!
But since the last update to 1.1.0 you won’t find a face automatically anymore.
Most of the time when I want to select a face, the face frame is somewhere but not over the face itself.
At the moment, “Topaz Sharpen AI” is the better choice to enhance your images.
The brush in Topaz Sharpen AI works also better than “Photo AI v.1.1.0”
As you can see very well, there is a colorshift. That’s not nice, you have to compensate it in the RAW converter. In the water surface partly complete loss of detail. Overall very unnatural and artificial looking. Result better than TPAI, but clearly worse than Noiseless AI from Luminar NEO.
So Topaz programmers…there is much to do.
Here is another addendum:
The same image, first processed as TIFF and then pass to TPAI. See the difference to the RAW file above.
I found that using De-noise with Sharpen in Photo AI 1.1.0 sometimes gave weird pink blotches around the object whether I selected Sharpen manually or if the AI decided it needed sharpening. To overcome that, I now send the RAW image to “plug-in extension” editing and when it returns to Lightroom Classic, I choose “photo” then “edit in” then “Sharpen AI” which seems to be a work-round until a real fix happens. I must say that the De-noise operation seems better than in any of teh previous version.
There is no progress indicator when processing multiple images. Also, the batch processing seems to be very slow (on existing DNG raw files). Switching to “Apple M1 Max” instead of “Auto” does seem to have a marginal improvement, but, the average CPU utilization is around 100% instead of something like 800-900% as I get with Lightroom when I build previews or convert my NEF files to DNG.
Basically, the app is not utilizing the Apple M1 Max and the “Auto” selection for processing is selecting the wrong mode.