Topaz Gigapixel AI is an image upscaling software that allows you to upscale your photos by up to 600% while preserving image quality.  Perfect for photographers needing to crop in on subjects or have a requirement for large print sizes.

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This is part three of our four part review on the Topaz Utility Bundle AI, a suite of products that I highly recommend be in every photographers editing kit.  In part one I reviewed Topaz Denoise AI v2.0 which as the name implies is used for minimizing noise created by high ISO settings.  The second review was for Topaz Sharpen AI which demonstrated not only sharpening but how slightly out of focus images could be brought back in to focus.

Part three of our review will focus on Topaz Gigapixel AI for enlarging images up to 600% which is amazing for those who crop in on wildlife subjects or require large size print jobs.  And if you wish to jump ahead to the final installment head on over to JPEG to RAW AI which allows you to convert a JPEG to a RAW format for editing in Camera Raw.  This provides an enhanced editing capability that would not be possible if we were editing a JPEG image.

Let’s start this post with some exciting news.  Topaz Labs has released a new version of Gigapixel AI and it is a free upgrade for existing users of the product.

NEW FREE UPGRADE – Ver 4.5.  On April 9th, 2020 Topaz Labs released a free version upgrade for all owners of Topaz Gigapixel AI.  The new version includes a new interface for batch processing, improved loading speeds for multiple images, and improved RAW file handling. The new version has made my image upscaling workflow a little smoother then the previous version..

When Would You Use Gigapixel AI? As wildlife photographers we can not always get as close as we would like to our subjects for a variety of reasons.  That means we crop the image in post and that reduces the number of pixels available.  Example:  My Nikon D5 is a 20 MP camera, if I crop an image and only use half of the frame I am effectively left with 10 MP.  Additionally, even if I did not crop the image, my Nikon D5 only provides me with a 20 MP image.  Now let’s say a client requests a print of that same 20 MP image and they want it to be a 24 x 36 inches.

I use the table below to determine what size I can print based on the megapixels I have available in the image.  As you can see from the table I can only print to a maximum of 12 x 18  inches natively from my Nikon D5 20 MP camera.  This is where the magic of Topaz Gigapixel AI comes in, I can specify within the software the exact width and height that I wish the image to render at up to 600% while perfectly preserving image quality.  I highly recommend you reference the table below when you do your own printing so you know the maximum print size for your camera or the effective megapixels that you were left with after cropping an image.

Print Size by Megapixel Chart

 

Does Topaz Gigapixel AI Work?  You be the judge.  Below are two images of a snowy owl.  The first image is the original and it is a 16 x 10 inch and is an 87 MB file.  The second photo with image upscaling using Topaz Gigapixel AI was set at 6X to render an image at 73 x 48 (6 ft x 4 ft).  The rendering took 2 minutes on my computer, it’s not fast, but in my opinion it is well worth the wait for photographers needing the best quality image upscaling tool for their business or personal use.

You can click on both images if you wish to view them in a larger size for comparing one image to the other.  Not to spoil the ending, but for those of you not wishing to take the time, there is absolutely no difference between the two images which is totally amazing given the image upscaling that was performed.

16x10 Snowy Owl Original

16×10 Snowy Owl Original

 

Topaz Gigapixel AI 6 ft x 4 ft Snowy Owl

Topaz Gigapixel AI 6 ft x 4 ft Snowy Owl

The Topaz Gigapixel AI interface is shown below and if you click on the image to zoom in you can see the original dimensions on the left and the new dimensions on the right for the snowy owl image upscaling that I performed.  In addition this view will show you what the Gigapixel AI interface looks like.

 

Where to use Gigapixel AI in your workflow: I complete all of my edits in post and then Topaz Gigapixel AI is my last step for images that I require to be enlarged for a print run.

Money Saving Tip: If you think you might want Topaz Denoise AI, Topaz Sharpen AI, Topaz Gigapixel AI and Topaz JPEG to RAW AI it is way cheaper to purchase them in the Utility Bundle then as individual products.

For that reason, I highly recommend that you do not purchase the Topaz Labs products individually until you have read my reviews for all of the products that make up the Utilty Bundle.

Trust me when I say you are going to want at least three of the four and you’ll save some cash by buying them in the Utility Bundle even if there is one product you don’t think you’ll use much.  You can read my individual reviews for each product at Topaz Sharpen AI, Topaz Gigapixel AI and Topaz JPEG to RAW.

 

Topaz Utility Bundle AI

Conclusion:

This has opened up a whole new opportunity for photographers who routinely receive orders for large scale prints that go far beyond the maximum print sizes that are capable from their cameras. I’ve used ON1 Perfect Resize, Photoshop and others for image upscaling and hands down Topaz Gigapixel AI is the best one I have used.  Topaz Gigapixel AI combined with Topaz Denoise AI and Topaz Sharpen AI rounds out the perfect suite of products that every wildlife photographer really ought to have in their post processing tool kit.

Topaz Labs does offer a free 30-day trial and you can follow this link to go to Topaz Gigapixel AI directly.  Bonus: If you decide to buy you can use Coupon Code coolwildlife15 to receive an automatic 15% discount off your purchase of any Topaz Labs products.