Topaz Sharpen AI

November 26, 2020 - Topaz Labs (Free)
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Topaz Sharpen AI is a Photo enhancer app built from the ground to take full advantage of modern AI and machine learning research in the manipulation of digital images. The result of that work is a streamlined tool that can restore your photos that feature high amounts of noise, blur, and grain to the crisp status where you can see new additional details and sharp image elements. The app works fast, detecting all the various elements of the image, and applying specific amounts of image sharpening, noise reduction, and grain control. In just a few seconds, you can take your digital photographs that featured excessive amounts of visual noise and transform them into completely usable images that are ready for storage, online sharing, or importing into your work projects.

It is the first sharpening and shake reduction software that can tell difference between real detail and noise. This best photo enhancer app creates tack-sharp images even when you’re shooting handheld or at night.

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Sharpen AI is the best program to improve sharping and focus in your images on the market today. It is the only program I use for this now! It is especially good in bringing our extremely fine details. – Gary Lamott

The fact that the app offers sliders for controlling the parameters makes handling very easy, but more demanding users could be craving for numerical input as well. The ability to manually input parameter values can save a lot of time for future processing.

When performing the changes with the sliders, users can expect for the image preview to update rater slow, and during our tests, we have experienced a rather sluggish operation. Since this is a standalone sharpening app, a faster and lag-free process is usually what to expect.

What is Sharpen AI?

Through Machine Learning, Sharpen AI will analyze your images and correct the three most common side effects when shooting handheld → incorrect focus, camera shake, and general softness.

System Requirements

Operating System Windows 10/ Windows 8.1/ Windows 7
Processor Multi-core Intel i5 Series or above, Xeon or AMD equivalent
Memory 8 GB RAM (16 GB RAM or more recommended)
Storage Space 16 GB Free Available Space (32 GB or more recommended)
GPU VRAM 2 GB / 4 GB recommended
Graphics Card NVIDIA: GeForce GTX 770 2 GB / GeForce GTX 960 4 GB recommended
AMD: Radeon HD 8570 2 GB / Radeon R9 270 4 GB recommended
Intel: HD Graphics 5000 / Iris Plus Graphics 640 recommended

Technical Specification

Software Name Topaz Sharpen AI V For PC
File Size 17.2 MB
Language English
License Free Trial
Developer Topaz Labs

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Topaz Sharpen AI Photo Enhancer App Features

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It was trained with millions of images so it could learn the characteristics of detail vs. noise – and then enhance just the detail. In some cases, it can even recover image detail.

Seamless integration

Works wherever you currently edit your photos. Use Sharpen AI either as standalone software or as a plug-in for Topaz Studio / Photoshop / Lightroom Classic.

Stabilize: natural shake reduction

Even the steadiest hands don’t compare to a tripod when it comes to image sharpness. Unlike a tripod, though, you always have your hands with you! Sharpen AI’s Stabilize module has been trained to reverse motion blur and make handheld images look like they were taken from a tripod.

Focus: better focus correction

Focus correction is a notoriously difficult problem that’s easy to get wrong, but Sharpen AI’s Focus module excels at correct up to ten pixels of focus blur. This is perfect for sharpening out-of-focus eyes or correct issues caused by incorrect in-camera focus. Tip: use selective adjustments for best results!

Sharpen: general input sharpening

Even with no motion blur or focus issues, images generally come out of the camera soft. It includes the Sharpen module that specializes in correcting small amounts of general softness without any artifacts or halos. It’s the most natural-looking sharpening tool that you will ever use.

Difference between Sharpen AI Photo Enhancer App and AI Clear

A couple of immediate differences off the bat is that the Stabilize (shake reduction) and Focus (focus correction) modes in Sharpen AI have no AI Clear alternatives. These modes serve the purpose of InFocus classic plugin (with better results) rather than pure output sharpening.

The Sharpen module in Sharpen AI does have similarities with AI Clear. The difference here is a bit more subtle and come from the training process between these two products. AI Clear was trained on images with generally more noise, whereas Sharpen AI was trained on images with generally less noise but more blur. Resulting in AI Clear’s main detection is noise whereas Sharpen AI’s main detection is to recognize blur. This makes Clear optimal for noisy images and Sharpen more effective for a bit more blurry images.

FAQ For Photo Enhancer App

Q: How to use the sliders in Sharpen AI?

A: Model strength sliders should be set according to the type and amount of blur/noise in the input image.

Remove Blur and Suppress Noise Sliders allows you to determine how much blur and noise you would like to remove from your image. Some images will require a stronger effect, while others only need a small adjustment to correct the image to your desired output.

Add Grain allows you to return grain/noise to the image to achieve a more realistic look. Although this doesn’t occur often, you should only be adding grain/noise if the processing mode (Sharpen, Stabilize, Focus) that you have originally selected overcorrects your image resulting in unnatural smoothness of surfaces or too much detail loss.


So, if you are a perfectionist, who is looking for tack sharp images, then Topaz sharpen AI photo enhancer software is for you. It does an excellent job in fixing the minor blur in details in the photos. This blur can be due to lower shutter speed or due to shaky hands.


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