Topaz Photo AI Quick Start Guide (2023)

  • Introduction to Topaz Photo AI
    • Start Here, Video Guide
  • How to Use Topaz Photo AI
    • The Autopilot
    • Configuring the Autopilot
  • Image Quality Adjustments
    • Remove Noise
    • Sharpen
    • Recover Faces
    • Enhance Resolution
    • Resize and Cropping
  • Saving Your Images
  • Batch Processing
    • With Autopilot
    • With Manual Settings
  • Plug-ins to Other Applications
    • Lightroom Classic
    • Photoshop
    • Capture One
    • Apple Photos
    • Affinity Photo
    • Other Applications

This article will guide you through your first experience with Topaz Photo AI, starting with why we created it.

Getting a clean, crisp, and high-resolution photo is really important, but the current process of increasing image quality is quite slow and error-prone. You start with a big bag of tools - different noise reduction methods, different sharpening for multiple kinds of blur, different upscaling apps for increasing resolution - and you’re required to know which tools to apply where. You end up spending a lot of time bouncing between software, tweaking sliders, and comparing results. After the whole process, you’re still usually not sure that you’re getting the best possible image quality.

To solve this, we built Topaz Photo AI to be anautopilot for image quality. It detects the unique problems in your image and intelligently applies the correct methods to maximize resolution, detail, and clarity. As with an actual autopilot, sometimes you’ll need to manually intervene for difficult images, but Topaz Photo AI aims to make that the exception rather than the rule. Our vision is for you to be able to drop in any image - good or bad - and receive the best possible version back. This way you spend more time on the creative side of post-processing rather than, say, fiddling with noise reduction sliders.

Two other resources to help you get started are the Frequently Asked Questions article and the System Requirements Article.

  • Frequently Asked Questions for Topaz Photo AI
  • System Requirements for Topaz Photo AI

Start Here, Video Guide

Brian Matiash walks us throughTopaz Photo AI.If you prefer text instead of video, read on below to learn aboutTopaz Photo AI.

Open the application and browse for an image file or drop it directly into the application. The image will load anda preview will display with the user controls. Autopilot will immediately begin analyzing your image, looking for quality issues and automatically turning on the appropriate adjustments based on it's analysis.

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You can choose to make manual changes— turning on or off adjustments or changing the strength of adjustments to your liking— or configure the autopilot to make better decisions for your images.

Once you are happy with the results, save your improved image and continue with your photo editing!

The Autopilot

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This is the image quality specialist that we built directly intoTopaz Photo AI for you. The autopilot will intelligently pick the adjustments and strengths needed to optimize your image after analyzing it. Autopilot will analyze:

  • File type, to pick the best models that can process your RAW or non-RAW image data
  • Metadata, including ISO and camera information
  • Noise severity and type
  • Subject detection and blur level
  • Human faces and face quality
  • Image size and resolution

All this is taken into account for the autopilot to select the adjustments to apply.By default, autopilot will run on every image you import to the application. It will describe the issues it detected so you can review the autopilot's judgement.

Hovering over the blue text in the autopilot will show you the faces and subjects detected in the image. To refine the subject detection and face detection, click the "Refine" button so it only processes the subject or faces required.

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You can also manually flip adjustments on and off or change the strengths. At any point, if you would like to go back to autopilot settings click the "Reset to Autopilot Settings" button to revert your manual changes.

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Configuring the Autopilot

Change the autopilot to suit your preferences by adjusting the settings in the Preferences > Autopilot Configuration menu.

Topaz Photo AI Quick Start Guide (6)This opens a menu that controls if and when autopilot turns on adjustments so you can help it decide which adjustments to make for your images.

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There are five adjustments built intoTopaz Photo AI. Remove Noise, Sharpen, Recover Faces, Enhance Resolution, and Upscale/Resize. Clicking the toggle next to each module will turn the adjustment on or off. Clicking on each module will open up options to change the AI model used for processing or control the strength of the adjustment.

Topaz Photo AI Quick Start Guide (8)The green dots indicate whether the autopilot recommended setting is selected with the recommended strength.

Remove Noise

This adjustment will remove noise while preserving details.When autopilot detects significant sensor noise or luminance noise in your image, it will automatically turn this adjustment on to process your image.

Topaz Photo AI comes with four noise reduction models: Raw Normal, Raw Strong, Normal, and Strong.

  • Raw Normal: best for low-medium noise,available for raw images only.
  • Raw Strong:best for high noise,available for raw images only.
  • Normal:best for low-medium noise.
  • Strong: best forhighnoise.

The Raw Normal and Raw Strong models have the best denoising results. We encourage using RAW files when possible.

Topaz Photo AI Quick Start Guide (9)The Strength slider controls the denoising that the model performs on the entire image.
The Detail slider is a minor sharpening applied to the entire image to recover some detail after noise is removed.


This adjustment will remove blur and enhance details.Topaz Photo AI comes with three sharpen models: Standard, Lens Blur, and Motion Blur.

  • Standard: has low-medium blur and softness correction. For a natural look, this is the best model to use.
  • Lens Blur:for high softness or out of focus.
  • Motion Blur: for high blur and streaking where the camera or subject is moving.

By default, autopilot will identify the subject in your image and apply sharpening to only that subject. You can view the detected subjectby hovering over the "Subject Only" text or the mini camera icon in the autopilot or in this adjustment. You can change the subject selection by clicking the "Refine" button in the autopilot.

Toggle the"Subject Only" button to sharpen the entire image.

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Topaz Photo AI Quick Start Guide (10)The Strength slider controls the sharpening that the model performs on the image.
The Clarity slider is a minor denoising applied to the image to improve the sharpness and clear up details.

Recover Faces

This adjustment will improve the look of low quality faces so they are clear and recognizable again. When paired with upscaling your image, this can produce stunning results. This adjustment is only available if faces are detected in your image.

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Autopilot will detect the low quality faces in your image and apply this adjustment to those faces. High quality faces should not be used with this adjustment. You can hover over the "faces" text in Autopilot to see which faces are low quality and affected by Recover Faces.

Enhance Resolution

This adjustment will intelligently generate new pixels in the image to improve image quality. Enhance Resolution cleans up edges and improve details without changing pixel count. When Resize is used, this adjustment produces new pixels in the image. Topaz Photo AI comes with three enhance modules: Natural, Graphics, and Low Resolution.

  • Natural: best for realistic images and photographs
  • Graphics: best for art and computer generated images
  • Low Resolution: best for low quality images

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Resize and Crop

These tools allow you to change your image size and comes with a file size estimator.

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Select the output scale resize the image. Click the crop button to crop the image and change the aspect ratio.

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Once you are happy with the result in the preview, you can click Save on the bottom right of the application screen to make any changes to the save settings.

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Here you can see the files up for processing, make any changes to the file names so they are easier to organize, change the location the files are saved to, and change the file type.

By default, theTopaz Photo AI processed files are saved to the same folder that the original file is located in and with the same file type. For example, a TIFF file on your Desktop processed throughTopaz Photo AI will produce a new TIFF file on your Desktop next to the original with an altered name.

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Changing any of these settings will apply the changes to all images that are in the queue for processing.

Once you are happy with your save settings, click Save andTopaz Photo AI will process your images in order. After saving, click on the folder icon to open the file location and take a look at your improved image!

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Topaz Photo AI comes with batch processing features so you can spend time perfecting images instead of correcting them. With these workflows, you can:

  • quickly prepare and queue up your images
  • click Save
  • grab a snack or take a nap while your images are corrected and exported

You can let autopilot decide on all adjustments for you or make your own adjustments for your batch of images.

With Autopilot

This option is best if you have adjusted the autopilot preferencesand like the autopilot results.

Go to Preferences > Autopilot Configuration and adjust the autopilot settings to your preference for the batch.
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Import your images toTopaz Photo AI. By default, all images will have a green dot on the bottom left which indicates autopilot is on.

Topaz Photo AI Quick Start Guide (18)Click the Save button and start the batch. Autopilot will select the best adjustments once it reaches that image in the queue.

With Manual Settings

This option is best for large batches of images that are similar (from the same shooting location or created the same way).

Import your images toTopaz Photo AI. Make your manual adjustments on one image, then right click the image or use the three dots to select Apply > Current Settings to All.

Topaz Photo AI Quick Start Guide (19)Click the Save button and start the batch. Every image in the batch will use the same adjustments.

Topaz Photo AI easily integrates with other image applications so you can access amazing image quality from your image editing or image catalog software. Each plugin is automatically installed if you already have the appropriate application on your computer.

Lightroom Classic

TheTopaz Photo AI plugins are automatically installed to Lightroom ClassicwhenTopaz Photo AI isinstalled. There are two plugins:

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  1. a plugin for RAW files
  2. a plugin to one that supports RAW editing to output a DNG and another that will create a TIFF or JPG copy of the original image.

The plug-in that supports RAW editing is accessible from the File > Plug-in Extras > Process inTopaz Photo AI menu and will send any image directly toTopaz Photo AI, then import the processed image back into Lightroom Classic.We highly recommend using this workflow with your RAW files for the best image quality results.

Topaz Photo AI Quick Start Guide (20)The non-RAW plugin is accessible from the Photo > Edit in > Topaz Photo AI menu. This will create a TIFF or JPG copy of any image and send it toTopaz Photo AI for processing, then import the processed image back into Lightroom Classic.

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Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

The Topaz Photo AI plugin is automatically added toPhotoshop and Photoshop ElementswhenTopaz Photo AI isinstalled. The plug-in is accessible from the Filter > Topaz Labs >Topaz Photo AI menu. When used, it will send the image data straight toTopaz Photo AI for processing and return the processed image back to the application.

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Capture One

The Topaz Photo AI plugin is automatically added to Capture OnewhenTopaz Photo AI isinstalled.The plug-in can be used from the Image > Edit with > Process with Topaz Photo AI menu and will send any image directly toTopaz Photo AI, then import the processed image back into Capture One.We highly recommend using this workflow with your RAW files for the best image quality results.

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We recommend not using theImage > Edit with > Topaz Photo AI option (without Process with) as this will not round trip your image and add it back to your catalog.

Apple Photos

The Topaz Photo AI plugin is automatically added to Apple Photos whenTopaz Photo AI isinstalled.

To use it:

  1. Open an image in Apple Photos.
  2. Click the Edit button on the top right.
  3. Click the three dots > Edit in Topaz Photo AI.
  4. Apple Photos sends the image toTopaz Photo AI.
  5. After processing, a JPG file is returned to Apple Photos.

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The Apple Photos plugin will always return a JPG file to your catalog, no matter what the input file type is.

Affinity Photo

Topaz Photo AI can be added to Affinity Photo by following steps in this article:
How to Add Topaz Photo AI to Affinity Photo as a Plugin

Other Applications

For applications which do not have a dedicated plugin already built, you can still useTopaz Photo AI with them! If your application has an Edit in or Open with menu,Topaz Photo AI will appear there so you can send the image directly to the application. You may need to reimport the image for it to return to your image editing application.



How do I get the best Topaz Sharpen AI results? ›

A good starting point is to use the suggested mode to determine the best AI Model for your image automatically. My recommendation to get the best results with Topaz Sharpen AI is to use the new comparison view, to check and compare different Sharpen AI models or even the same Sharpen model with different adjustments.

Does Topaz AI really work? ›

Surprisingly capable motion and lens deblurring

I actually found Topaz Photo AI's deblurring to be even more impressive than its noise reduction with the right subjects, although there's definitely still a caveat or two.

Does Topaz photo AI replace DeNoise and sharpen? ›

Is Topaz Photo AI Worth it? Topaz Photo AI combines the power from Denoise AI, Sharpen AI, and Gigapixel AI to create an all-in-one photo-enhancing software.

Is Topaz Sharpen AI better than Lightroom? ›

Topaz DeNoise is far more effective at removing noise artifacts than Lightroom, Photoshop, and other general photo-editing software, which require you to fiddle with sliders and don't produce as good results on high-ISO digital photos.

Is Topaz software easy? ›

Topaz Sharpen AI also has a simple, intuitive interface that anyone can understand. It works straight out of the box with sliders and options for image sharpening and noise reduction.

Should I use topaz DeNoise or sharpen first? ›

Traditionally, you would do most of your sharpening toward the end of an edit, but if you're correcting missed focus or motion blur, you'll probably want to use Sharpen AI earlier in your editing process so that your subsequent edits don't interfere with the process.

Which is better topaz sharpen or DeNoise? ›

Topaz Denoise AI and Sharpen AI are terrific products, and you will love both. However, I find Topaz Denoise AI more helpful than Sharpen AI because avoiding noise-ridden high ISOs is not always practical. And as I said earlier, Topaz Denoise AI is so good it's cheap, equivalent to a lens or sensor upgrade.

What is the best AI photo enhancer? ›

13 Best AI Photo Enhancer Software
  1. Luminar NEO. Brand Skylum. Type All-in-one solution. ...
  2. Topaz Studio 2. Brand Topaz Labs. Type All-in-one solution. ...
  3. Movavi Photo Editor. Brand Movavi. ...
  4. Adobe Photoshop. Brand Adobe. ...
  5. Imagen. Brand Imagen. ...
  6. Topaz DeNoise AI. Brand Topaz Labs. ...
  7. Spyne. Brand Spyne. ...
  8. Topaz Sharpen AI. Brand Topaz Labs.

What is the best DeNoise program? ›

After thorough testing, Topaz DeNoise AI has proven to be the best noise reduction software for photographers compared to other denoise software such as DxO PureRAW 2, ON1 NoNoise AI, and Luminar NEO.

Is Topaz a one time purchase? ›

Buy once, own forever

You own the version you bought forever. You also get 1 year of unlimited upgrades with your purchase.

Is Topaz DeNoise the best? ›

Topaz DeNoise AI is a noise reduction software that performs better than any other software I have tried. Photographers no longer need to worry about noisy images caused by high ISO values. Even the noisiest images can be saved with DeNoise AI. This will change your image editing workflow.

Why is Topaz Sharpen AI so slow? ›

The reason Topaz Video Enhance AI was slow on Mac is it required an Nvidia GPU which Macs don't typically have but is readily available on Windows. The software relied on the integrated GPU and eventually the CPU to render the videos on Mac. The recommended GPU is Nvidia 1080 GTX 8GB or better.

Is Topaz noise reduction worth it? ›

Conclusion. Topaz Denoise AI is capable of eliminating the noise while preserving detail in most situations. It's a very simple and effective software with a user-friendly interface and possible connections as a plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop.

Are Topaz plugins worth it? ›

The denoise feature of Topaz Photo AI was phenomenal and may alone be worth it for photographers who don't often print their photos. The other enhancement features, such as Enhanced Resolution and Sharpen, probably won't be worth it for most photographers who only display their work digitally.

What is the best sharpening plugin for Lightroom? ›

Topaz Sharpen AI is one of the best sharpening plugins and is the only AI-powered image-sharpening software currently on the market. The results this plugin can produce are extremely good, where you can fix blurry images in a few clicks with no artifacts.

Which Lightroom do professionals use? ›

Lightroom CC is the ideal program for beginners and professional photographers on-the-go. Whether you prefer to use Adobe Lightroom on an iPad or tablet, a mobile phone, a web browser, or a desktop computer, the interface and functionality will remain consistent across all devices.

Does Topaz work on jpegs? ›

Topaz AI isn't a photo editor. Its sole purpose is to convert JPEG images into RAW files. Not only does it do that well. It will recover lost detail and enhance dynamic range in the process.

Is Topaz a good photo editor? ›

Topaz Photo AI does a great job of masking subjects for sharpening. I was highly impressed by the sharpening capabilities. They're a great way to counteract motion blur and misfocusing (though it's always best to get it right in the field if you can).

Do you need Photoshop for Topaz? ›

Topaz Studio, on the other hand, doesn't require Photoshop to run the app. In fact, Topaz Studio is a stand-alone app that works without Photoshop or Lightroom. In a way, Topaz Studio is an image editing app of its own.

Which sharpening method is better and why? ›

However, we prefer an edge sharpening technique for most output. Edge sharpening avoids emphasizing noise or other artifacts. In addition, edge sharpening holds up better if an image is resized slightly — which is often an unavoidable occurrence when image files are put into page layouts.

Should I DeNoise before or after editing? ›

I'd recommend removing noise before the final resize, unless you intend to resize first and then remove noise and apply all other edits. But if you're shrinking an image down really small, I'd do noise and exposure edits first, resize, and then apply output sharpening.

How much does Topaz sharpen cost? ›

Sharpen AI and DeNoise AI are available from Topaz for $79.99 each, Gigapixel AI and JPEG to Raw AI for $99.99 each, and the bundle of four is $249.99. A 30-day trial version of each program is available.

How can you tell good quality topaz? ›

The first characteristic to keep in mind is the hardness factor. An original topaz will scratch glass while quartz will not leave a mark on it. Moreover, a real topaz is also cool to touch and it gets electrified easily.

Why is topaz Sharpen AI so slow? ›

The reason Topaz Video Enhance AI was slow on Mac is it required an Nvidia GPU which Macs don't typically have but is readily available on Windows. The software relied on the integrated GPU and eventually the CPU to render the videos on Mac. The recommended GPU is Nvidia 1080 GTX 8GB or better.

How can you tell the quality of topaz? ›

The most valuable colors of topaz are the golden orange-yellow type known as 'Imperial Topaz'. The deepness of the color with reddish hues adds value to the gem and is very desirable. Continuous exposure to daylight can fade the yellowish brown colored topaz.

Is Topaz Labs Sharpen AI worth it? ›

Whether you are a designer, who needs to use sharpening tools to enhance your images, or a professional photographer on the lookout for photo enlargement software, you will appreciate Topaz Sharpen AI.

Why is topaz so cheap? ›

Natural topaz is found as crystals that are considerably larger than those of many other precious stones. Consequently, its per-carat price does not rise much as the size of the gem increases. It is therefore an affordable precious, blue stone that adapts well to larger jewellery.

What is the cheapest color of topaz? ›

Blue topazes are very inexpensive. Oval-cut, “Swiss blue” topaz, 6.55 cts, 12.10 x 9.80 x 7.31 mm, Brazil.

Who should not wear topaz? ›

Aquarius. The lord of Aquarius is the planet Saturn. Due to being second lord i.e. strong Marrakesh and Ekadesh in this zodiac, it is inauspicious. For this reason, people of the Aquarius zodiac should also not wear topaz.

How long does Topaz AI take? ›

Topaz Video Enhance AI takes a long time to process videos, so users may have to wait several hours before seeing the results. Topaz software requires a powerful computer with excellent graphics. The pricing plan is not flexible – people with only a few videos to improve may be better with a web-based upscaler.

Does Topaz AI use GPU or CPU? ›

Note that this is using the GPU for processing in each application, even though we are looking at CPU performance. We could switch to CPU mode, which would likely show a greater difference between each CPU, but that is rarely used due to how much faster it is to use the GPU for processing.


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