Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 Posted by Jim Thacker

Check out Gigapixel AI 5.0

Gigapixel AI in action, in a demo video for the 4.5 release. Last week’s Gigapixel 5.0 update adds new preview and zoom options to Topaz Labs’ AI-driven tool for up-resing photos or rendered images.

Topaz Labs has released Gigapixel AI 5.0, the latest version of its AI-trained software for increasing the resolution of photos or rendered images without softening or introducing noise into the result.

The update adds a new Single Image View mode for previewing output, new zoom options, and separate AI models trained on images of man-made objects and natural objects like people or animals.

Machine-learning-trained tool enlarges images without sacrificing detail
Gigapixel AI is designed to enlarge digital images while preserving their sharpness, using machine learning techniques to fill in the missing details.

Its algorithms are trained using a data set of “millions of photos of all subjects and styles”, and can enlarge photos by “up to 600%” before image quality starts to drop visibly.

The software supports batch processing, making it possible to run it on entire image libraries.

Works for renders as well as photos
Although it’s marketed primarily at photographers, Gigapixel AI can also be used on rendered imagery.

As well as simply upscaling low-res renders to generate high-res images more quickly, it can be used to remove residual noise from renders by upscaling them in Gigapixel, then reducing them to their original size.

While there are a number of open-source libraries and free online services for upresing images, its supporters claim that Gigapixel achieves better-quality results.

New in Gigapixel AI 5.0: improved preview workflow, new AI models for natural and man-made objects
Gigapixel 5.0 improves the software’s preview workflow, enlarging the preview window, introducing a new Single Image View mode, and improving interactivity when panning the preview.

There are also new options for zooming in on details in the preview, including using the mouse’s scroll wheel to zoom in, entering numerical zoom values, or simply selecting zoom to fit.

In addition, Topaz Labs has introduced separate AI models for processing images of man-made objects like buildings or text, and for processing images of natural objects like people, animals or plants.

Pricing and system requirements
Gigapixel AI 5.0 is available for Windows 7+ and macOS 10.12+. It’s OpenGL-based, so it should work on any manufacturer’s hardware, but requires a reasonably powerful GPU. It has an MSRP of $99.99.

Read a full list of new features in Gigapixel AI 5.0

Visit the Gigapixel AI product website