Topaz Labs Sharpen AI review

Topaz Labs Sharpen AI can fix sharpness issues quickly and easily thanks to the power of artificial intelligence

Sharpen AI review
(Image: © James Abbot)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Sharpen AI undoubtedly makes sharpening images and resolving blur such as camera shake incredibly quick and easy thanks to intuitive controls and artificial intelligence. Results are, however, comparable to those achievable manually in Photoshop using the Unsharp Mask and the Shake Reduction filters, so the software may be more appealing to beginners and photographers who require a fast fix during editing. For photographers with plenty of Photoshop experience, the $79.99 / £58 cost of the software may not be worthwhile.


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    Reasonably priced

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    Quick and easy to use

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    Works with multiple formats inc raw


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    All tasks possible in most other software

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    Results comparable to Photoshop

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    Not necessary for advanced photographers

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Topaz Labs Sharpen AI meets a perennial demand for sharper shots, but is there a need for it? Dedicated image sharpening software could be seen as somewhat redundant by photographers, since all raw processing and image editing software includes sharpening controls of some kind. Standalone image sharpening software, may then seem pointless since you already have access to the results it can achieve, but the question is whether or not you can achieve these results as quickly and easily using Photoshop, for instance?

Topaz Labs Sharpen AI is a standalone image sharpening program that uses the power of artificial intelligence to provide the best and most natural-looking sharpening results possible with speed and ease. The software also integrates with Lightroom and Photoshop so it can be used almost like a filter.

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a landscape and portrait photographer based in Cambridge. He’s also an experienced photography journalist specializing in camera skills and Photoshop techniques. He is also a CAA-approved drone pilot and professional aerial photographer.