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Release Notes

Sharpen AI v3.2 at a glance

  • Major improvements to existing AI modelsMotion Blur / Very Blurry v2 now covers 1.5x more motion blur and Too Soft / Very Blurry v2 further reduces artifacts.
  • Usability improvements to in-app masking – Additional keyboard shortcuts, realtime display of brush strokes, color and opacity customizations for overlays, and more.
  • Improved color and tone processing for RAW and DNG files – When available, Sharpen AI will apply a camera-specific color profile as well as provide improved overall color accuracy.
  • Performance and UI improvements – Numerous bug fixes and usability improvements for an even better user experience

Major improvements to existing AI models

Sharpen AI v3.2 has improved AI models for more accurate motion blur and soft focus recovery

Our deep learning researchers are always working on ways to improve the performance, accuracy, and speed of our AI models. A significant component to these improvements has to do with the amount of time we train our AI models. For this update, the models in Sharpen AI benefitted from several months of additional training. All of this additional training will result in even better recovery of details within your photos.

Specifically, the Motion Blur / Very Blurry AI model has been updated to v2, now covering 1.5x more blur. The Too Soft / Very Blurry has also been updated to v2 and the additional training it received will help reduce color edge artifacts.

If you’re interested in why we’re constantly expanding training of our AI models, you should check out our article on the topic.

Usability improvements to in-app masking

The masking tools within Sharpen AI allow you to control exactly where the sharpening improvements are applied on your photo. With Sharpen AI v3.2, we’ve improved these masking tools, making them even friendlier to use. You can now control additional masking functions—like the size of your brush feather and invoking the mask overlay—with keyboard shortcuts.

We’ve also made serious improvements to mask brushing by displaying your additive and subtractive strokes in realtime. And when using the mask overlay, you can now customize its color and opacity, making it even easier to see on any photo.

Improved color and tone processing for RAW and DNG files

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

Now, when you open a RAW or DNG file in Sharpen AI v3.2 as a standalone app (as opposed to loading it as a plugin via Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop), we will apply the appropriate DCP camera profile if available as well as an improved tone curve, resulting in a more accurate version of your photo with better color accuracy.

And this is just the beginning. We’re working on even more ways to improve RAW handling and color accuracy in Sharpen 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 Sharpen AI v3.2 as a standalone app.
Sharpen AI v3.1 | © Matt KloskowskiSharpen AI v3.1 | © Matt Kloskowski
Sharpen AI v3.1 | © Matt KloskowskiSharpen AI v3.1 | © Matt Kloskowski
Sharpen AI v3.1 | © Matt KloskowskiSharpen AI v3.1 | © Matt Kloskowski

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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 4th, 2021 / Categories: Product Update, Sharpen AI /

79 Comments

  1. Meryl Mixtacki September 25, 2021 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I have the old version from 2018 on my Mac, but would like something similar on my Mac book Air. can you suggest something. I love what my older version does.

    • Brian Matiash September 28, 2021 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Have you tried the latest version of Sharpen AI? You can download a free trial here.

  2. Kees September 11, 2021 at 5:12 am - Reply

    Beetje domme vraag. Kan ik deze nieuwe versie uploaden naar mijn reeds bestaande versie ?

    • Brian Matiash September 13, 2021 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Helemaal geen domme vraag. U kunt deze nieuwste versie over uw huidige versie heen installeren. :)

  3. Richard A Caire September 9, 2021 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I would LOVE to upgrade to the latest iteration of SharpenAI, but unfortunately Topaz has scripted it to baseline for macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) and my OS is 10.12 (Sierra) … I won’t be able to take advantage of any of these improvements.

    • Brian Matiash September 10, 2021 at 10:22 am - Reply

      We understand, Richard. We do everything we can to keep our software compatible with as many older versions of operating systems as possible but at some point, our hands are tied and we’re no longer able to. We hope you give us another shot when you’re able to update to a compatible OS.

  4. Sheri Langer September 9, 2021 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    How much does this cost and are there teaching tutorials to go with it.

    • Brian Matiash September 10, 2021 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Our current pricing for Sharpen AI can be found on our product page. You can also sign up for a free trial. When you do, you’ll get an email full of instructional videos that I put together. Those videos will help you understand how to access Sharpen AI and goes over every preference and tool. I hope it helps!

  5. Mark VW August 20, 2021 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Hey Brian, former teacher here pleased to see two of my favorite online photo educators connected to this product (Matt being the second). I have been using v2.2 for a while, tried 3.0 when it was first released, and didn’t see enough change to warrant the upgrade for me. Too many of the photos I tried either had less sharpening than I was looking for or still had those weird texture artifacts in the non-edge areas. I’ll keep trying though.

    • Brian Matiash August 20, 2021 at 11:38 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for the flattering compliment, Mark! That really means a lot to me and I’ll be sure to pass it along to Matt, too (we speak almost every day).

      As for the lack of quality improvements between Sharpen AI v2.2 and 3.2, I’d recommend at least trying the free trial of the update to see all of the improvements we’ve made to the AI models and masking tools. I will also say that we’ve got some really impressive performance improvements getting baked for v3.3. Trust me when I say that Sharpen AI is going to get even better.

      Regardless, I know that our outstanding Customer Support team would want to hear about any issues you’re having with Sharpen AI. I’d like to ask you to reach out to them with some examples and they’ll be happy to troubleshoot with you.

  6. Derek August 20, 2021 at 1:35 am - Reply

    I already own Denoise (with which I’m very happy) that also offers sharpening. Can you explain the difference between it and Sharpen, and in which order I should use both, if that is what Topaz recommends? I have played with the trial version of denoise but couldn’t work out if there was really any advantage, at least with my photos which are taken with an Insta 360 X One 360 camera.

    • Brian Matiash August 20, 2021 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Hey there, Derek. Thanks for writing in!

      The good news is that you’re not alone in being confused over the order in which to use some of our apps. I totally get that and am working on some new articles and videos to explain how I use these apps as part of my own photo editing workflow. In fact, you should watch the video at the bottom of my latest article, because I go through an entire editing workflow starting in Lightroom Classic, then to DeNoise AI, and finishing up with Sharpen AI. I think it’s a great workflow, if not a bit involved, but the end result was very impressive. Let me know if that helps!

  7. antonio sartorello costa August 19, 2021 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Hello I can’t even open it on the pc, it only appears the home page and then disappears from the screen, what could be happening?. Thank you very much

  8. Phil Krieg August 14, 2021 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    i like the results of using Sharpen however it takes forever…like 7 minutes per image. Am i doing something wrong? I have an HP laptop…

    • Brian Matiash August 14, 2021 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      Hey Phil, one of the first things I’d recommend checking is what you have selected for the AI Processor setting in the Preferences window. If it’s set to CPU, I highly recommend changing it to your GPU. That can have a huge impact on performance. If that doesn’t work, then I’d like to ask you to contact our Customer Support team for further troubleshooting. I hope that helps!

  9. Greg Boyle August 14, 2021 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I have thousands of slides that I need to digitize and have been using an Epson V700 scanner to accomplish step one of the process. After the original slide has been digitized the file produced has an inordinate amount of grain which has been taking quite a long time to remove, with less than stellar results. I stumbled into trying Topaz Sharpen AI and, within 45 seconds of processing time, 100 percent of the grain is removed leaving a clean, crisp image. I finally found the solution to my slide conversion dilemma. Thanks Topaz!! This product is well worth every penny.

    • Brian Matiash August 14, 2021 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      What a wonderful thing to hear, Greg! We’re very grateful that you’d entrust us with the cleanup of your slides! Thank you!

  10. Michael Newler August 12, 2021 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I am so happy I found TOPAZ especially Studio 2, Sharpen AI, and Gigapixel AI….!!! So much so, I have added another website specifically for Impressionism Fine Art Photos. The images I am creating now are exactly what I’ve been trying to accomplish for decades none of which actually fulfilled what I wanted as a visual artist until now. I am combining many different Studio 2 presets and incorporating many of my own, too. I am now in the process of going through my file cabinets loaded with fifty years of chromes picking out those having enough potential to be digitized in order to create their transition into “Impressionism”…..!!! This has been so much fun it has brought me back in time to when I first took an interest in photography — 1957……!!! Art is forever…!!!!

    • Brian Matiash August 13, 2021 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for being such a loyal and valued part of Topaz, Michael! And I couldn’t agree more: Art is forever!

  11. Garry Robinson August 12, 2021 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Hi. If I purchased an earlier version of Sharpen AI, why do I have to pay just to upgrade it? Topaz did not used to charge for upgrades/updates.

    • Brian Matiash August 12, 2021 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      Hi there, Garry. We announced the updated pricing model for product upgrades in February 2020. When you purchase any of our products, you automatically get one year of upgrades and you also get lifetime access to the latest released version at the time that your year expires. You have the option to purchase a product upgrade license, which will grant you an additional year of upgrades for your product(s). We list all of this out on our Pricing page. I hope that helps!

  12. duwane huffaker August 9, 2021 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Had issues with Sharpen AI 3.2. Downloaded 3.2.1 and tried a jpg file. It appears the issues are resolved. Certainly appreciated Yazan’s support!

    • Brian Matiash August 10, 2021 at 10:21 am - Reply

      That’s great to hear, Duwane, and I’ll be sure to pass along the kind words to Yazi. He’s a rockstar!

  13. Fredi Markovitz August 9, 2021 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Hi, I see in excellent video you made, the changes you make in app are applied very fast. what pc/mac do you use ?
    I’m asking because in my pc it is applied much slow (Lenovo laptop i5 8G) and looking for better pc/mac. what is your recommendation ?

    • Brian Matiash August 9, 2021 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      I use a max’d out Apple Macbook Air M1 (8-core, 16 Gb RAM) to run all of our apps and record these videos. I am beyond impressed with what Apple did with their silicon.

  14. Fredi Markovitz August 9, 2021 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Hi, What is better usage ?
    to save from Lightroom the edited picture as DNG and then load to Sharpen AI 3.2 as standalone,
    or to Edit from Lightroom as Plugin (as TIFF) ?

    • Brian Matiash August 9, 2021 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      That’s a great question, Fredi. While everyone has their own preference for when to use Sharpen AI within their workflows, I tend to edit my photo completely using Lightroom (and Photoshop when necessary) and will then send the image to Sharpen AI as a TIFF at the end, before I’m ready to export and share. I find that this workflow suits my visual preferences most but the best advise I can give you is to experiment with your photos. Try different workflows out and determine which one you prefer most. I hope that helps!

  15. Chris B August 8, 2021 at 11:13 am - Reply

    What are your criteria for blocking comments please? I put in a reasonable one and it was blocked.

    • Brian Matiash August 9, 2021 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Hey Chris, I apologize for that. We got a pretty sizable backlog of comments for this post and it took me longer than normal to get through all of them. Your original comment was great and I just replied to it. Thanks again!

  16. Jyrki Holm August 7, 2021 at 3:31 am - Reply

    Cannot get it working, GPU missing. Tried to reinstall several times. no luck.

    • Brian Matiash August 7, 2021 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Hey there, Jyrki. That’s no good at all! If your computer does have a GPU, it should be listed. Do me a favor – please contact our Customer Support team and let them know about this. I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to help figure this out.

  17. Ray Schuerger August 6, 2021 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    When are you guys going to start a new advertising campaign: Don’t spend thousands of dollars buying new lenses; spend tens of dollars buying Topaz software.”

    • Brian Matiash August 7, 2021 at 11:38 am - Reply

      HA! I like where your head is at, Ray! I think you’re onto something here… ;)

  18. Peter Gäbelein August 6, 2021 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Ich werde jetzt das neue Update installieren und bin gespannt auf die Ergebnisse. Bisher war ich ich sehr begeistert und konnte mir nicht vorstellen wie ich früher ohne Sharpen und Denoise auskam. Faszinierend was ich da noch aus den Bildern zaubern kann. Ich verwende es als Plug in für Luminar 4 und als Einzelanwendung. Für mich ein absoluter Kauftipp.
    Viele Grüße

    • Brian Matiash August 7, 2021 at 11:39 am - Reply

      Vielen Dank für das Kompliment! Wir hoffen, dass Ihnen dieses Upgrade gefällt, und freuen uns sehr, Ihnen zu zeigen, woran wir sonst noch mit Sharpen AI arbeiten.

  19. Jeff cohen August 6, 2021 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Downloaded this yesterday and learning my way through it .. it’s really good .. but as a wildlife photographer I have noticed it’s playing weird tricks with some birds eyes ( usually yellow eyes ) and it’s turning them luminous green .. I’m sure you will sort it though .. also in a future iteration could you make the surround white subject box landscape as well as portrait mode to help bird photographers

    • Brian Matiash August 6, 2021 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Jeff. Well, that certainly doesn’t sound like something that I’d want to see occur with my photos. I’d like to ask you to contact our fantastic Customer Support team and let them know about this color shift issue. I’ll also let them know to expect a message from you. We definitely want to get to the bottom of this issue.

  20. Chris B August 6, 2021 at 6:38 am - Reply

    Great S/W but I can’t notice much difference vs. the previous one on 2Mb jpegs from an old camera. Topaz Gigapixel gives sharper images with these but it’s a much slower program. I assume it’s examining the image more thoroughly. Maybe I’ll have better luck with Sharpen with bigger jpegs and Raws?

    • Brian Matiash August 9, 2021 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Hey there, Chris. I just spoke with our Sharpen AI customer support agent and he’s interested in working with you to identify what may be going on with your low-res images. If you wouldn’t mind, could you reach out and explain the situation. It’ll get routed to him and he’ll reach out with more information. Thanks so much!

  21. Robin Procter August 6, 2021 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Does this new version (I didn’t like the much earlier version I tried) work as a plug-in in Photoshop CS6 (Mac) please?

    I would want it to do so to fit smoothly into my RAW > Capture One > CS6 plug-in Filters (TIFF) > Capture One > Export.

    Topaz DeNoise AI doesn’t work in CS6 and that is partly why I have moved to ON1 NoNoise AI which I actually prefer anyway. Topaz DeNoise AI does a very poor job of dealing with seascapes when I shoot surfers.

    • Brian Matiash August 6, 2021 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Hi there, Robin. While we don’t officially support Photoshop CS6, it is possible to install the plug-ins for Sharpen AI and DeNoise AI (Gigapixel AI will not work at all in Photoshop CS6). I recommend reviewing this support article to learn more and definitely contact our Customer Support team if you run into any issues with this.

  22. Liz Riekena August 5, 2021 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Have been eyeing your products for awhile now… Really interested in this one.. .Loved your little video… So my understanding is , this is a stand alone product that works with PS is that correct… I am still using PSC5 any issues with that version?

    • Brian Matiash August 6, 2021 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Hey there, Liz. Thanks so much for the compliment about our video! I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)

      While we don’t officially support Photoshop CS5, it is possible to install the plug-ins for Sharpen AI and DeNoise AI (Gigapixel AI will not work at all in Photoshop CS6). I recommend reviewing this support article to learn more and definitely contact our Customer Support team if you run into any issues with this.

  23. Ron August 5, 2021 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    I purchased an older version, found it somewhat slow, but oh so well worth the wait. Upgraded and found it faster and even better. Will upgrade again. I love this product!

    • Brian Matiash August 6, 2021 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Woohoo! I love hearing that, Ron! And trust me when I say that we’ve got some amazing things in the works, so you’re going to love Sharpen AI even more!

  24. Francisco Oscar Masuzzo August 5, 2021 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Excelente software, brinda una notable mejora no solo en referencia a la nitidez de nuestras fotos si no tambien al resto de los parámetros que las componen. Definitivamente recomiendo su utilización. Mi satisfacción es al 100%. Felicitaciones y gracias. Saludos cordiales.

    • Brian Matiash August 6, 2021 at 11:03 am - Reply

      ¡Muchas gracias por el elogio¡ Estamos encantados de que esté disfrutando de nuestro software y de que le esté ayudando a mejorar la calidad de sus fotos.

  25. Louis Mitchell August 5, 2021 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Bought older version. Didn’t work very well. If you have fixed it you have some nerve trying to charge people for what they already paid for and that was almost useless

    • Brian Matiash August 5, 2021 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Hey Louis, I apologize if you had a bad experience using Sharpen AI. What was the last version you had access to as part of your license purchase? I just checked the email address you used to submit your comment and don’t see any records of a purchase. Regardless, I’m sure our amazing Customer Support team would be more than happy to help you see how much we’ve improved Sharpen AI. As for how we charge customers, we’ve put together this helpful pricing page that explains our rationale.

  26. Gabriel Mercado August 5, 2021 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Great software, keep up the good work!
    I’m also with Terrie on processing time, I can’t wait for some improvements to that.

    • Brian Matiash August 5, 2021 at 11:05 am - Reply

      Thank you, Gabriel! I’m confident that you’re going to love what we’re cooking up for Sharpen AI and that it’ll totally be worth the wait.

  27. Hans Ljung August 5, 2021 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Will there be any DCP profiles available for Fujifilm cameras? I opened a very flat RAW file in the standalone AI but there were no change or improvement in tone or color. I use an Fujifilm X-T2.

    • Brian Matiash August 13, 2021 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Hey there, Hans. There is a DCP profile for the Fujifilm X-T2. Just to confirm the correct workflow in this case:

      1. launch Sharpen AI as a standalone app
      2. Ensure that you have the RAW Color Correction option enabled in Preferences
      3. Open your X-T2 RAW file in the Sharpen AI standalone app

      That should take care of things. If you don’t see any change, please contact our Customer Support team and they’ll be able to troubleshoot with you.

  28. Tom Boyle August 5, 2021 at 5:24 am - Reply

    Thanks for a great product. Very easy to use.
    10 out of 10

    • Brian Matiash August 5, 2021 at 11:05 am - Reply

      10 out of 10, w00t! Thanks so much for the stellar score, Tom!

  29. Marijke Moerman August 5, 2021 at 4:37 am - Reply

    You send me a mail with de new version Sharpen AI v.3.2, and it’s included in my upgrade plan!
    I downloaded and its say its a trial version !!! My upgrade lincencie is stopped today 5 august ?????

  30. Yves Paillot August 5, 2021 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Bonjour, depuis que j’ai découvert les programmes Topaz je ne peut plus m’en passer, très bon logiciels et simple d’utilisation et belle performance, merci à l’équipe de vos efforts ;-)

    • Brian Matiash August 5, 2021 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Wow! Merci beaucoup pour votre compliment. Nous sommes très heureux de savoir que notre logiciel aide à améliorer vos photos.

  31. Steven August 5, 2021 at 3:43 am - Reply

    I’m super stoked to feed DJI mini 2 photos through this for prints.

    • Brian Matiash August 5, 2021 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Oh, that’s a great idea! I’m going to test out some of my older Mavic 2 Pro images too. Thanks for the idea, Steven!

  32. Gustavo August 4, 2021 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Great video explaining how to use the new functions. I was using it without really knowing what I was doing. Great improvements have been made as the video shows it.

    • Brian Matiash August 5, 2021 at 11:10 am - Reply

      I’m really glad that you enjoyed the video, Gustavo. Our goal is to make our apps as easy to use as possible. Please let me know if there are any other Topaz videos that you’d like me to produce.

  33. Sean D'Souza August 4, 2021 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Well done video on masking. Very clear. :)

    • Brian Matiash August 5, 2021 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Hey here, Sean. Thanks so much for the compliment on the masking video. I love being able to highlight all of the improvements being made by our awesome developers. Be sure to list off any other Topaz topics that you’d like me to produce videos about.

  34. Susannah Sofaer Kramer August 4, 2021 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Hey Brian,
    Nice to see you over here at Topaz. I ‘ve been using all these AI programs since they first came out and they just get better and better.. love them.

    • Brian Matiash August 5, 2021 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Hey there, Susannah! Yup, I joined Topaz Labs in April and have been having a blast. It’s great to be able to focus on creating content about these sweet apps. And I agree, the AI performance keeps getting better (and there are even more improvements in the works)!

  35. Bill August 4, 2021 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Very nice, been using their products for years, really ahead of the curve with the AI stuff.

    • Brian Matiash August 4, 2021 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      That’s very kind of you to say, Bill! I’ll be sure to pass the compliment on to the rest of the team!

  36. Steve McGrath August 4, 2021 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Hey guys. Is there a way to save the processed images as raw files when using as a stand alone app?

    • Brian Matiash August 4, 2021 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      Hi there, Steve. You can save your output files as DNG (the closest thing to RAW), but one caveat is that we currently won’t save the RAW DPC profile when selecting that file format. We’re working to improve that functionality but in the meantime, you’ll have to save as JPG, TIFF, or PNG if you want to retain the RAW color corrections that we apply in the standalone workflow.

  37. geoff dunn August 4, 2021 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    A question: how do I know if the updated Sharpen AI will apply a decent colour profile to my Canon R5 RAW file if I save it as a TIFF file?

    • Brian Matiash August 4, 2021 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Geoff. To be clear, the only time we’ll apply your camera’s specific DCP profile is when you load your Canon raw file into Sharpen AI as a standalone app. If you send your photo to Sharpen AI from Lightroom or Photoshop, we’ll take the information provided from those host apps.

      As for whether the DCP profile is decent, it’s basically whatever the camera manufacturer provides Adobe. In tests that I conducted using my own Sony raw files, the results were definitely an improvement on what we used to do but I’d also say that it’s subjective.

      Let me know if that helps.

  38. James Kelly August 4, 2021 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Looks terrific.

  39. Terrie Alfieri August 4, 2021 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    #1 thing I would love to see improve overtime is the processing time! This software is amazing!

    • Brian Matiash August 4, 2021 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      Hey Terrie! First off, congratulations on being the VERY FIRST PERSON to leave a comment on our brand new Learning Center! :)

      As for improvements to processing time, we hear you loud and clear! In addition to constantly improving how we train our AI models, we’ve got something cooking for an upcoming release that will directly benefit performance in Sharpen AI. That’s as much as I can say but rest assured that it’ll be worth the wait.

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