Image Resize Without Losing Quality using Topaz Gigapixel AI
How to do an Image Resize Without Losing Quality
Easy! Just put it into Photoshop and do a re-sample, right?
If you are enlarging an image, you face this reality – pixels need to be added and your image’s quality will suffer. But only if you use a standard method, such as bicubic or lanczos to do the enlargement.
There is a better way.
I first reviewed Topaz Gigapixel AI a few years ago, and it amazed me. I had never seen such high quality enlargements. Since then, Topaz have steadily improved Gigapixel and this post will show you how it performs against standard bicubic and lanczos enlargements that editors such as Photoshop and Affinity offer.
I selected a few images from my collection and resized them all to 200% using Gigapixel AI, Bicubic and Lanczos (using Affinity photo). In then compared the results. Testing resize software is easy – there aren’t many options to choose from and judging the results is straightforward. So, let’s see the tests.
All three resize methods have done well, but Gigipixel’s is sharper and more detailed. This means a better print.
In each case, the Topaz Gigapixel AI result is noticeably sharper than the others. A superior result leads to superior prints and happier customers.
Gigapixel AI has, once again, produced the sharpest and most detailed result.
Gigapixel AI is the best way to resize a photo without losing quality
The above examples all tell the same story – Gigapixel AI produces excellent results. With high quality, high-resolution images Bicubic does OK, but Gigapixel betters it significantly. My previous tests have shown that Gigapixel AI is vastly better than ‘standard’ resize methods with massive enlargements and/or lower resolution images.
But is there a downside?
There are things to consider when using Gigapixel AI:
- Cost – it’s another tool to buy. However, it is a single purchase with free updates for a year. But if you rarely enlarge images, then it may not be worth it.
- Time – Gigapixel AI takes longer to resize an image than Bicubic or Lanczos.
- Time – Gigapixel AI now offers a quite a few options, and I found I had to preview each of them before deciding which settings to use. This isn’t a tool that does batch processing well unless you are upsizing a batch of very similar images.
- Hardware – Gigapixel AI works best when you have a supported graphics card and the latest graphics driver for it. It will work using the CPU instead of a dedicated graphics GPU, but then it is much, much slower.
Image Resize Without Losing Quality – Conclusion
If you enlarge your photos for any reason, then Gigapixel AI is the best way to do it. There are a couple of scenarios where Gigapixel AI is unbeatable:
- Enlarging to make a big print
- Enlarging a cropped, or heavily cropped, photo. This is significant news for wildlife photographers, where you need to get close to the subject, but that is not always possible
Adding Gigapixel AI, Sharpen AI and DeNoise AI to my toolkit and workflow was one of the best decisions I ever made.
The Photo Browser/Image comparison tool used in the screenshots is Digital Photo Guardian by AB Photo Tools.