You may not know this, but Gigapixel AI is our most popular—and most used—application. That’s why we are very deliberate about adding new features only after we’ve thoroughly tested them. You’ll often see new features and improvements first release with DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI. We do this intentionally because it allows us to incubate and mature these new features. We closely monitor how our users interact with these new features and when we fully refine them, we build them into Gigapixel AI.

That’s what the Gigapixel AI v5.6 update is all about! Let’s take a look at the highlights of this update.

Gigapixel AI v5.6 at a glance

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New Comparison View for convenient AI model comparison

The new Comparison View in Gigapixel AI v5.6

We’ve heard that the new Comparison View is a game-changer in the way users select the ideal AI model for their photos in DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI. That’s why we’re bringing Comparison View to Gigapixel AI with a new improvement.

Comparison View displays up to three different AI models simultaneously, letting you decide which one works best with your photos. We also ported a new feature from Video Enhance AI that allows you to view the same AI model in all three quadrants using varying parameters. Now, it’s even easier to fine-tune model settings and choose the most optimal result.

We’ve also added the Split view to Gigapixel AI, giving you even more options to compare the results of the selected AI model.

Improved color and tone processing for RAW and DNG files

We’re moving towards providing more accurate color and tones when loading your RAW and DNG files in Gigapixel AI.

When you open a RAW or DNG file in Gigapixel AI v5.6 as a standalone app, we will apply the appropriate DCP camera profile if available and an improved tone curve. Gigapixel AI will not apply these corrections when accessed from Adobe Lightroom Classic or Photoshop.

And this is just the beginning. We’re working on even more ways to improve RAW handling and color accuracy in Gigapixel AI. (Note: DCP profile and tone curve will not be saved when outputting as DNG)

Here are some photos illustrating the color and tone improvements when opening RAW and DNG files in Gigapixel AI v5.6 as a standalone app.

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Overhauled AI model downloads

An improved experience when downloading optimized models in Gigapixel AI

We designed Gigapixel AI to download optimized models “on the fly” to avoid giant file sizes for our app installer. Unfortunately, a frequent pain point our users with slow internet connections have expressed involves the experience when downloading these optimized models in Gigapixel AI.

With Gigapixel AI v5.6, you’ll experience an improved and more convenient workflow when downloading optimized models. A new progress bar will indicate the file size to download the AI models. You also can cancel a download at any time and will no longer be prevented from taking other actions within the app during download.

Performance and UI improvements

Gigapixel AI will now automatically select the ideal AI processor settings based on your computer configuration

This next update promises to bring serious performance improvements for A LOT of Gigapixel AI users! One of the most common causes for slow performance is not choosing the ideal AI processor option in the Gigapixel AI preferences. If your computer has a powerful GPU, you may not get maximum performance because the default AI processor setting has been “CPU.” With Gigapixel AI v5.6, we’ve added a new default “Auto” option that automatically chooses the ideal AI processor setting based on your computer hardware and the model you select. When using the optimal AI processor setting that “Auto” selects, you should experience significant performance improvements.

We’ve also streamlined the previewing process in Gigapixel AI, providing a more enjoyable user experience. You’ll no longer be distracted by that big Cancel button in the middle of the screen with each preview update. We’ve also moved the processing status bar to the AI model label and improved the auto-update preview experience.

About the Author: Brian Matiash

Brian Matiash serves as Product Marketing Manager for Topaz Labs and manages the Topaz Labs Learning Center. He is also a photo educator and author, with his work being featured in dozens of international publications. Learn more about Brian by visiting his website.
Published On: August 25th, 2021 / Categories: Gigapixel AI, Product Update /


  1. Kirk Laws-Chapman October 13, 2021 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Hi Brian and many thanks for the clear and easy to follow articles.

    Can I put in a plea for the growing community of users of Affinity Photo as their main editing program to have parity with PS and LR?
    I’m also interested in any pointers you may have for working with images from Aurora HDR, Luminar 4 and Luminar AI?

    I’m normally outputting to 300dpi TIFF files with the Adobe RGB colour space for print enlargements/

    Many thanks and keep up the great work!


    • Brian Matiash October 13, 2021 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Kirk! I’m very glad that you’re enjoying these articles. As for your plea, are you asking for better Topaz support for Affinity Photo? If that’s the case, then I can tell you that our developers are working on that via our external editor workflow. I don’t have a firm timeline to share, but it is very much on our radar.

  2. John Rondeau October 11, 2021 at 4:09 am - Reply

    I have little to no internet connection. I take my USB stick and download your Full Installers in order to install the topaz programs.
    Is it possible to do the same with the Optimized Models needed for Gigipixel?

    • Brian Matiash October 12, 2021 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Hi there, John. You used to not be able to manually download optimized models in Gigapixel AI, but that changed with the AI Engine update in v5.5.0. You can learn more about model downloads in this thread. I hope it helps.

  3. Jean Vergara October 2, 2021 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I have GigaPixel 2021 version and the enhancements for the new release sound like they make improvements in areas I could use. If I download the trial, and decide I do not want to license it, can I uninstall it without disturbing my older license? Thanks.

    • Brian Matiash October 4, 2021 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Hey there, Jean. For sure. You’ll always have lifetime access to the latest version within your upgrade cycle. So, if you install the current version and don’t like it, we’ll be happy to ensure you get access to the version you already have.

  4. Andre van As September 14, 2021 at 6:14 am - Reply

    How does this work with Hasselblad natural color solution?

    • Brian Matiash September 20, 2021 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      I’m not sure, to be honest. I’d recommend download a free trial to see whether it works well with that Hasselblad profile.

  5. marc labro September 13, 2021 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    looks very nice.
    About tone and color, I am not sure i would be happy to have my z6ii profile which will be dull same way than when I import my images in lightroom classic.
    What i’d like in all AI topaz products is a tool like Luminar Accent ai (or topaz adjust AI core) boosting the image based on AI but not enough in general so, like DXO, lightroom or ON1, having standard raw develop sliders exposure, super contrast, highlight, shadows, white, black, vibrance, saturation with a AUTO button as good strating point and a curve tool.
    making separate plugins able to work directly on raw miss these basic raw tools.

  6. Vee September 10, 2021 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Hi. I’m a complete beginner to editing and just do basic tidying of my photos but I only have an iPad/iPhone. Do you have an app I can use please?

    • Brian Matiash September 10, 2021 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Hey there, Vee. We don’t currently have any iOS or Android apps. All of our apps are desktop-based.

  7. Gary Lindsay Hillery September 9, 2021 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Morning Brian, just read your article on workflow and I generally follow you except for Gigapixel, which I have. Can you go into your programs direct from Lightroom or do you have to import again? I belong to a photo club and we submit images for critique but we have to submit an 1800 x 1200 pixel image. If I expand in Gigapixel is it any benefit to me if I then have to meet the club’s requirements? Love your product from Australia.

    • Brian Matiash September 10, 2021 at 10:27 am - Reply

      G’day, Gary! All of our programs are accessible from Lightroom, including Gigapixel AI. At the moment, we don’t have the ability to send a photo from Lightroom to DeNoise AI, then to Sharpen AI, then to Gigapixel AI, and finally back to Lightroom. The current workflow requires you to send your photo from Lightroom to one of our apps, save the edited photo, and then send that edited photo to another one of our apps. I hope that answers your first question. Regarding your photo club’s submission requirements, 1800×1200 is a pretty manageable resolution. Unless your source photo is even lower resolution, I’m not sure what benefit Gigapixel AI would provide in this example.

      I hope all of this helps, though! Hooroo!

  8. Ron September 9, 2021 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    I have to admit, as a semi-professional photographer who didn’t believe in fake photography (most images these days), I realized, that the saying “if you can’t beat them, join them” works. I cheat in images, like most people do these days, calling it “edit”. I modify the heck out of images and they SELL! I use Topaz’s three main programs, and am able to create something from nothing, then print on canvas and make money. For that, I appreciate the effort of Topaz and will keep upgrading. Thank you for the new income stream.

    • Brian Matiash September 10, 2021 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Oooooh boy, Ron. You definitely stirred the hornet’s nest there :) :) :)

      I can spend days discussing the role that post-processing plays in the lifecycle of a photo. Ultimately, I believe that the photographer is free to do whatever they want with their photos so long as they don’t try to pass them off as unedited or as journalistic. We build out AI-powered tools to be purpose-driven, solving common issues that affect most photos. If they help you earn money by selling your photos, then that’s even better!

  9. Christian September 5, 2021 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    This is a general question that might not belong here. I am new to Topaz Labs, having recently bought a one year update update included for the 3 AI products, Sharpening, Denoise and Gigapixel. My question is, should all three be used for a better look. What other improvements can Gigapixel bring once I’ve used AI Sharpening and Denoise in a picture? Or should Gigapixel be used only for those images I plan to enlarge? As I said, I’m new to these products and are not familiar yet as how should I use them to get the best out of them. If you could answer this question or lead me to the right information I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

    • Brian Matiash September 5, 2021 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Christian. I’m thrilled to hear that you’re using all three of our Image Quality Bundle apps! Your question regarding workflow is important and is asked by many users. In fact, it’s what inspired me to write this entire article and video all about my photo editing workflow. Take some time to read it and watch the video. Then, let me know if it helps answer your questions. I hope you enjoy it!

  10. John Kenny August 30, 2021 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Can the AI modules be downloaded to a computer with a fast internet connection and then be stored at that computer for use when a fast internet connection isn’t available or there is no internet connection?

    • Brian Matiash August 31, 2021 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Hey there, John. Yup, if you download an optimized model in Gigapixel AI, you should be able to access it when you don’t have an active internet connection. The one limitation is that it is OS-specific. For example, if you download a Gigapixel AI model on a Mac and try to copy it to a Windows install of the app, it won’t work. We are working on an improved way to manage which models you download and have access to, as well. Stay tuned for that!

  11. Randy A. Eckert August 30, 2021 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I have been using Topaz-Labs, Topaz-Studio, PhoFXLab for som time now. Nothing goes throughmy post editing that hasn’t been post edited in Topaz now, I am addicted and loving it even more with the upgrades……. Keep on rocking it your doing a great job and service with my go to software!!!

    • Brian Matiash August 30, 2021 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Randy! We really appreciate your praise and you can bet that we’re going to keep working hard to innovate and improve.

  12. James Lishman August 28, 2021 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Wow cannot wait to try it – is there a trial version I could use for say, 14days before purchasing

    • Brian Matiash August 30, 2021 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Hey there, James. All of our apps have an unlimited trial, so you can test them out for as long as you’d like. The primary limitation is that we’ll automatically apply a watermark to any photo that you save from the trial app. That watermark limitation will be removed after you purchase. I hope that helps!

  13. G315t August 28, 2021 at 5:06 am - Reply

    Just got your mail regarding the Update plan Discount valid for a day. Thanks for that, but well, its the End of the month you know. So no update for me :-/

    • Brian Matiash August 30, 2021 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Just to clarify, the current Gigapixel AI promotion is valid through Sept 14th, so you still have time to save.

  14. Rodolfo Teatini August 28, 2021 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Hi there,
    I simply want to ask a question. May I use those software for my movies or not ?

  15. Alex V. August 27, 2021 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    I’m thinking of buying the whole Image Improvement bundle. What would be the best order of using apps (Gigapixel, Denoise and Sharper) on the same image?

    • Brian Matiash August 30, 2021 at 10:34 am - Reply

      Hey there, Alex. We just published this new article that covers exactly what you’re asking for. In it, I explain my workflow to edit a wildlife photo using all three of our apps and discuss the order in which I use them. I hope it helps!

  16. Jiří Mělnický August 27, 2021 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    I only wanted to upgrade the Gigapixel. At checkout it offered me a discount on the whole set, so I ended up upgrading everything. And I did the right thing. I’ve been using the year and a half old version and the difference in performance is noticeable. Everything is faster and the results are better. With the older version, the cooling fan spun at full speed during processing, now the computer is quiet. Great job!

    • Brian Matiash August 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Rock on, Jiří! You made my Friday! Thanks so much for the kind words. I’ll be sure to share them with the rest of the Topaz team!

  17. David Nash August 27, 2021 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Is this still a subscription based product? Like a recurring annual charge? I’m running and older version which works very well, but would like to upgrade.

    • Brian Matiash August 27, 2021 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Great question. There is no subscription per se, David. When you buy any of our products, you get 1 year of free updates included. After your year expires, you’ll have lifetime access to the last version at the end of that year. You do have the option to purchase our Product Upgrade Plans, which give you an additional year of updates. All of our pricing details can be found here.

  18. William Stafford August 26, 2021 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Like the new enhancements. Seriously faster.

    • Brian Matiash August 27, 2021 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Wonderful to hear, William! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  19. Jason Turner August 26, 2021 at 1:12 am - Reply

    This sounds like a great set of improvements.

    Can you take your RAW and colour enhancements to the next level by offering a means to process scanned colour (and black and white) negatives?

    There is a very large group of capable photographers using and scanning negatives – offering such a facility within GigaPixel should be uncomplicated for Topaz Labs – and will generate a great many stunning results.

    • Brian Matiash August 27, 2021 at 10:56 am - Reply

      That’s a great feature request, Jason! I can promise you that I’ll let the Gigapixel AI dev team know about it. And I agree with its value! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  20. Marcellus Amatangelo August 25, 2021 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    This is what the ‘other’ so-called photo editors ‘should do’ but the others don’t. Case in point I work with 360 aerials composed from over 26 raw files, stitched together and most importantly sharpened…sharpened in Gigapixel, the rest fall way short, big time. I’ve been digital image editing since 1994 and one would think the other so-called sharpening/enlarging would be top-dog, but they are not.
    You are ‘tops’ way above the rest!
    Thank ‘gawd’ for Gigapixel!

    • Brian Matiash August 27, 2021 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Woohoo! Thank you so much for the glowing feedback, Marcellus! We’re constantly training and improving our AI models to be as intelligent as possible to not just upscale, but also enhance image sharpness and edge details. We’re thrilled that you’re with us!

  21. marvin klein August 25, 2021 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    keep up the great work of improving

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