Topaz Labs 2018 Holiday sale

Topaz Labs 2018 Holiday Sale

Valid through December 14th to December 25th, 2018.

topaz labs holiday 2018 sale

https://topazlabs.com/holiday2018/ref/123/

 

Whats on sale.

  • The Everything We Own Bundle is only $499.99usd
  • Artistic Bundle (a Holiday Sale Exclusive) for $199.99usd
  • A.I. Gigapixel at the lowest price of the year for only $69.99usd
  • 25% off all individual items store wide
  • Give a gift and get 15% back in store credit

 

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Topaz AI Gigapixel evaluation & comparison with CC

What it is

Topaz AI Gigapixel is a standalone program designed to massively increase the dimension size of image files.
Using Artificial  intelligence to fill in areas with more details than actually exists.

The Topaz AI GigaPixel Interface

GigaPixel v2.0 Interface

GigaPixel v2.0 Interface

Equipment and observations

Machine used for the tests was an Intel I7 with 32Gb ram,  a Radeon R9 4gb video card, and SSDs.

    • Both programs produced identical dimensions for each upsize size selected, except at 600% where Adobe calculated a slightly larger pixel count on some images.
    • Files from PhotoShop CC were significantly smaller, Adobe saving as JPG 12 (Best), AI GigaPixel saving as “Maximum”.
    • While upsize processing total CPU was at 3%, while the GPU (3d) cores were at 100%  and total GPU memory usage was at 2.6Gb
    • While file saving total CPU was at 16% and GPU was at 0% (expected)
    • GigaPixel 2.0 took 3 to 4 times longer than Photoshop CC to output the 600% up-size.
    • To my eye Topaz AI GigaPixel did produce cleaner images at the higher up-size amounts.

File Size tests

Original image dimensions 5616×3744  jpg file Size 7,143kb

gigapixel vs Photoshop file size test

ProgramUpsize DimensionFile Size
Photoshop CC 150% 8424x5616 10,808kb
GigaPixel AI 150% 8424x5616 14,493kb
Photoshop CC 200% 11232x748816,802kb
GigaPixel AI 200% 11232x7488 23,337kb
Photoshop CC 400% 22464x14976 49,101kb
GigaPixel AI 400% 22464x14976 101,353kb
Photoshop CC 600% 33696x22464 83,490kb
GigaPixel AI 600% 32000x21344 169,929kb
gigapixel vs Photoshop test

Large 8bit JPG test

(This is the image that was used for the above upsize file size tests)

before/after

Gray Jay original jpgGray Jay gigapixel 600%

Gigapixel vs Photoshop

Gray Jay gigapixel 600%Gray Jay adobe 600%

Large 16bit TIF file test

600 percent, scale increase

DRAGON-1 originalGigaPixel-2.0 DRAGON-1 600%

Input file 16bit TIF Dimensions: 3183px x 3183px  Size on disk: 59,394kb
Output files 16bit TIF (LZW compression) Dimensions 19098px x 19098px
Size on disk:

  • GigaPixel 1.0 – 2,671,240kb
  • GigaPixel 2.0 – 1,984,796kb
  • Adobe CC – 2,660,078kb

 

Small file test

Original image

Taken with a Canon 70-200 f/4 L lens at 200mm on a 7d mkII body.  Handheld @  f/8, 1/200, iso 200.  Size 5472px x 3648px

Original long shot of bird in field

Original long shot of bird in field

 

small crop area for gigapixel test

small crop area for gigapixel test

 

small 954x954 cropped area

small 954px x 954px  cropped area

 

Drag the bar to reveal more of each sample,
drag Right to reveal more of the Topaz AI GigaPixel sample and Left to reveal more of the Photoshop CC sample.

GigaPixel-2.0 600% strongAdobe 600percent output
GigaPixel-2.0 600% head comparisonAdobe 600percent head comparison

Initially the 600% upsized images from both Adobe Photoshop CC and Topaz AI GigaPixel look almost the same
but upon closer inspection of the bird head it does appear that Topaz AI GigaPixel did manage to produce a sharper looking image.

Availability and cost.

You can get your own copy of Topaz AI Gigapixel at https://topazlabs.com/ai-gigapixel/ref/32/ref/123/
Topaz AI Gigapixel is currently being retailed for 99$us.

Final  Thoughts

AI Gigapixel is two sides of an axe,
It has a good side and a very bad side.

On the good side it can massively expand an image file to product large prints,  if for instance you had to crop a lot in to a scene to produce a good composition.
On the  bad side is it now makes it very difficult to post anything on-line to social media that cannot be stolen and used to produce usable large prints.
We tested in on a random FaceBook image that when downloaded (stolen) produced a tiny 3*3 print about 900*900px in size.
With AI-gigapixel we re-generated it at 600% up-size and produced a 36*32 print  out of it, that looked surprisingly exceptionally good.
That got me worried as an image maker and is why I have not tried to push that particular product till now.

Revelations:

I do not own Topaz AI Gigapixel, I used a beta/trial version for my tests.
I am a Topaz affiliate and use affiliate links.

Topaz Labs 40% off Spring sale

Topaz Labs 40% off Spring sale at their stores

Sale ends Monday May 7th,
Last chance to get 40% off store wide, no coupon code needed!

For Topaz Lab plugins just follow this link Topaz Labs Plugins Spring sale!
The 40% offer includes “The complete collection” that is normally already 50% off!

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The 40% offer includes “The GoPro colleection” that is normally already 50% off!

Discount should be automatically applied when you confirm purchase
(note that because this is an auto-coupon it is not compatible with another coupons.)

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Having some fun with some flowers and a few Topaz Studio adjustments

fun with flowers

Topaz Labs 2017 end of year sale – 35% off coupon!

Topaz Labs has kicked off their End of Year SALE!

2017 end of year sale is over .

Get 35% off storewide, including plugins, the collection, collection upgrades, studio adjustments,
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Topaz Labs 2017 year end sale

Topaz Labs 2017 year end sale

 

Topaz Labs Black Friday 2017 75% off Coupon

Topaz Labs Black Friday 2017  75% off Coupon

Sale is over for 2017!

For Black Friday Topaz Labs is offering 75% off of all of the traditional plugins in the full TopazPlugin Collection or the newest technology in Topaz Studio with the TopazStudio Go Pro Pack.
Whether you want to achieve stunning photography enhancements
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The plugin Collection includes 17 Topaz Products including the Topaz
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Topaz Collection Black Friday 2017 75% off coupon
Topaz Collection Black Friday 2017 75% off coupon

Want to buy both

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It explains how to buy the the collection, redeem the Pro Adjustments
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Topaz Studio (free version) Impressionistic test

Topaz Studio trial

After downloading the free version of the new Topaz Studio I planned to give it a whirl.
Then I selected a not so good (read normally an image that  would have been deleted) image file to play with and in a only a few minutes created this impressionistic result.

Before Sample of Topaz Studio creating an OK impressionistic image out of a normally deleted imageAfter Sample of Topaz Studio creating an OK impressionistic image out of a normally deleted image

It only took a few minutes! Using the builtin filters and presets, along with a little careful masking. Tools that are all available in the free version.
While the interface is not quite what I was used to with other more traditional editors it did not take long to get the hang of how things worked.

I promptly tried it on a rather pedantic image of  a field of wildflowers and in no time at all came out with this impressionist result.

topaz studio impressionistic flower image beforetopaz studio impressionistic flower image after

I am on an impressionist kick at the moment, however Studio can do a full gaumet of image types from highly realistic, to out of this world!

Get your own copy for FREE and get started with a great editing suite at this link
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Truth in advertising: I was impressed enough with the capabilities of the new Topaz Studio even in the free version that I have joined their affiliate program.