Cropping and Upsizing with Topaz

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Both Topaz Gigapixel and Adobe SuperRes are reasonable solutions for upsizing. Here is a shot I took and wished I had brought a longer lens.

Image1 the original shot with some editing but no croping or upsizing. Takenwith a 15-30 at 30mm on a 1.7 crop: (image1)

Cropped it down to get the tighter composition 1232 x 881: (image2)

Next run through Topaz upsizing it to 3010 x 2148 (image3)

Any comments appreciated.

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Ken60 Senior Member • Posts: 3,181
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Rick , I have to be a swine and say I prefer the first shot. The sheer scale of the waterfall, and the dwarfing of the human figure, truly represent "man v nature"  in a way the others dont.

Never mind the tele, bring shower gel and a towel nest time !

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Lan Veteran Member • Posts: 3,325
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Nice shot Rick - I can see where Ken60 is coming from, but I find the crop stronger as the person stands out more. I suspect the uncropped version would win when printed big though?

FWIW there's one obvious issue with the upscaled version; the CA is bad. The (frame) right leg is green, as is the right half of the person's hair. There's a clear magenta halo around the rock they're standing on too. I recommend you fix the CA before you crop and run Topaz.

I might also experment with the different upscaling models a bit more? This one's a bit oversharpened, but I think your original is a bit under sharpened:

Crop uprezzed using Topaz Gigapixel AI, Lines model (SN:0, RB:63). Some painting in Color Mode using the Clone Tool to try and correct the worst of the CA.

Hope that is of use; it's a great shot

robert1955 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,303
Re: Cropping and Upsizing with Topaz

rick decker wrote:

Both Topaz Gigapixel and Adobe SuperRes are reasonable solutions for upsizing. Here is a shot I took and wished I had brought a longer lens.

Image1 the original shot with some editing but no croping or upsizing. Takenwith a 15-30 at 30mm on a 1.7 crop: (image1)

Cropped it down to get the tighter composition 1232 x 881: (image2)

Next run through Topaz upsizing it to 3010 x 2148 (image3)

Any comments appreciated.

Image 3 seems a bit softer to me.

Have you compared to traditional {Photoshop] upsizing?

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Well I  have to agree with you. I was surprised myself.

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Thanks...I probably will just leave it as the more I compare the two the more I prefer the vertical  Appreciate the input.  It is good that I know to look for CA and  color issues.

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robert1955 wrote:

rick decker wrote:

Both Topaz Gigapixel and Adobe SuperRes are reasonable solutions for upsizing. Here is a shot I took and wished I had brought a longer lens.

Image1 the original shot with some editing but no croping or upsizing. Takenwith a 15-30 at 30mm on a 1.7 crop: (image1)

Cropped it down to get the tighter composition 1232 x 881: (image2)

Next run through Topaz upsizing it to 3010 x 2148 (image3)

Any comments appreciated.

Image 3 seems a bit softer to me.

Have you compared to traditional {Photoshop] upsizing?

Not on this shot but on others altahough I have not kept the results.  Both Topaz and SuperRes do a  noticeably better job.  I have compared it to photozoom and both are better.  When I get some time I will do another post.  May be a few days.  Image3 would have to be somewhat softer given the upsizing.

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Ken60 Senior Member • Posts: 3,181
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rick decker wrote:

Any comments appreciated.

If I can suggest , a tad more contrast in water and darken sides.... like a curtain tight top loose lower.

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My goal in this first round is to get some feedback from people about the general usefulness of these new upsizing products (GigaPixel and SuperRes).  The comments about CA and Magenta are (IMO) more likely related to the lens (Sigma 15-30 very old) and/or sensor (SD9).  I am glad these issues have been brought up as it will be something to be aware of in future comparisons.

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Rick, your 1st shot is brilliant, it gives the true sense of a majestic fall and the person in front of it, give the size and scale of the fall! the second shot shot is ok, too, but nothing like the 1st one. TFS.

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Perhaps keep it vertical?

Hi Rick,

This would be my crop, keep it vertical to accentuate the impressive waterfall. Also made the highlights less bright and darkened the person a little:

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Thanks for the input.  It is difficult to say which I prefer.

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ThrillaMozilla Veteran Member • Posts: 6,143
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Here you go. Upsized with special sauce and sharpened by magic.  Compare it to your upsized and sharpened one.

Details deliberately withheld for the moment.

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Thank you for sharing your images. I have been debating if Topaz GigaPixel is something I should get to use in some of my older images.

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JT26 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,409
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Cool shot Rick and impressive upressing.

I think I would keep the crop really tall, maybe 1x2 with the man at the very bottom and maybe in black and white... Would look fabulous.

Love the shot

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Your original crop looks better to me than the upsized version viewing at full screen view, just FWIW.

Stunning image btw.

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I have lots of   samples and comparisons with SuperRes I can make available

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agrreed...thanks

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will check it out later...see my PM

Thanks

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ThrillaMozilla Veteran Member • Posts: 6,143
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rick decker wrote:

will check it out later...see my PM

Thanks

Hmm,. Maybe I assumed incorrectly that your upsized version was sharpened. And maybe I didn't do the image right.

Here's what I get when I sharpen mine again (after upsizing). I notice that it has the jaggies from upsizing.

Sharpened(?), upsized, sharpened again. Maybe not optimum.

And here's what I get when sharpening your upsized version.

Your upsized version, my sharpening.

By the way, I like the uncropped version. Print it big and you can have it both ways. Great photo..

There is, however, a little mistake in processing around the rock that he is standing on.  It looks like a masking error.

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