I believe Topazlabs is one of the best companies for photo post-processing, and it has remarkable programs like DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, and Gigapixel AI. However, you will find that each program does a specific job, like removing noise, de-blurring, or upscaling. But the actual demand from users is that we need an all-in-one, automatic program for denoising, sharping, and upscaling. That’s why Topazlabs releases Topaz Photo AI, which I will review in this post.
What is Topaz Photo AI?
Topaz has Topaz Denoise AI, Sharpen AI, and Gigapixel AI and sells them as a Topaz Image Quality bundle. However, anyone who regularly works with the three standalone programs knows it’s cumbersome and bulky to switch back and forth between the three constantly. This is simply because a single image can have several quality problems, and beginners may not be sure which of the three will help the best to improve the photo quality. Furtherly, supporting numerous AI models in the programs complicates things, requiring you to run different models in different apps to get the best results.
So, this is why Topaz Photo AI was developed; it can be regarded as the all-in-one program for three apps. Photo AI is such a smart system that makes the whole process of finding image quality problems and fixing them in the best way automatically and clearly. That’s where the name “Autopilot” is from.
Photo AI System Requirements, Download and Install
Topaz officially launched its Photo AI on September 15, 2022. If you are a new customer and want to have a trial first before you buy, you can download the program from Topaz’s official site here:
Click “Try for free,” enter your email address and start downloading the AI photo editing program. You can even enter a fake email address to avoid the newsletter and ads from Topaz.
If you already have the Topaz Image Quality bundle, you can get it free in the Topaz account dashboard-My Product.
Please note what you download is a .msi file instead of .exe for Windows and a .pkg file for macOS. Double-click the installer to install, and be sure to install it with an internet connection on both PC and MAC because the Setup wizard will download a lot of components to install the program fully.
Also, make sure you have a well Internet connection. If not, you may get the below error message over and over again:
If you are on a Mac, be sure to allow the installer to determine if your system support installing the Photo AI software.
Topazlabs always recommends running its Photo AI on computers with newer CPUs, larger RAMs, and the latest operating systems.
However, from my testing, it still works on a 4G RAM virtual macOS Monterey with no GPU. So, always feel free to have a trial first, even on less powerful or older computers, before you purchase.
With years of training and improving AI models, Photo AI can automatically detect and correct image quality issues. It analyzes your photographs and applies the proper models and settings. That’s why it is called Autopilot.
How does Autopilot work?
In order to give the best possible result, it analyzes each image and takes file types, metadata, human faces, noises, blurs, image sizes, etc., into consideration.
First, Autopilot identifies noise and soft focus throughout the image and applies denoise and sharpen models with automatic strength settings.
Second, Autopilot recognizes and sorts faces by quality and enhances low-quality faces.
Third, Autopilot detects image highlights and may sharpen them to make them stand out. And finally, you will have a perfect photo sharpened as well as all noises removed, details, and faces enhanced.
Need help or want to make Autopilot better?
Topaz is always trying hard to mark it more intelligent and easier to use. If you are unsatisfied with Photo AI or want to make Autopilot better, you can share your settings with Topaz.
Work together with Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, etc
Topaz Photo AI also works as a plugin in Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and Capture One. If you already have those applications, the plugin will automatically be installed after you install Photo AI.
Here’s the path where you can use Topaz:
- Lightroom Classic
RAW: File > Plug-in Extras > Process in Topaz Photo AI
non-RAW: Photo > Edit in > Topaz Photo AI
- Capture One
Image > Edit with > (Process in)Topaz Photo AI
When you choose those options in Lightroom Classic or Capture one, the images or photos will be sent to Topaz for processing, and after that, you will have to import them back for your further work.
Filter > Topaz Labs > Topaz Photo AI
Topaz Photo AI is deeply integrated with Photoshop. After processing, you have the option in Topaz “Save to Adobe Photoshot,” and you don’t have to import again.
Topaz Photo AI is now available for new users at $199 with one year of unlimited free updates. You can use it on both Windows and macOS simultaneously. You can purchase additional license seats for $99.00 per seat.
Topaz Photo AI Discount
Pros and Cons
- All-in-one to denoise, sharpen, and upscale photos
- With autopilot to do everything automatically
- Workflow in batches with multiple photos and file types
- Installation takes really long to download the necessary components. And I have the error over and over again for the whole day. If there is an offline installer, it would be great.
Finally, we have the all-in-one solution and we don’t have to switch back and forth between Topaz Denoise AI, Sharpen AI, and Gigapixel AI. Photo AI is designed to save time with the expected image quality.
It’s only version 1 and it has some problems, but I do believe Topaz will continuously update Photo AI and make it better.