Topaz Sharpen and Denoise AI Notes

Last updated on November 26, 2020

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    Alan Hunt
    Keymaster

    I have recently been trying to figure out the best workflow when using Topaz Denoise AI and Sharpen AI and when to use them. I found a few videos and made some notes and I thought I would share them. If you have experience with the Topaz products I would like to hear your recommendations.

    My Notes:
    Topaz Basic Info

    Dave Kelly Workflow

    In Lightroom:
    Set Color Profile
    Set White Balance
    Apply Tone settings except for contrast (Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks
    No Clarity, Texture, or Dehaze
    Adjust Vibrance and Saturation as needed.
    No noise removal or sharpening
    Use default Lightroom Color Noise Removal
    No contrast or presence adjustments
    Apply lens corrections – Remove Chromatic Aberration and Enable Profile Corrections

    Anthony Morganti Workflow

    In Lightroom:
    Don’t crop
    Make image flatter – no contrast, lower Highlights and increase shadows.
    Apply lens corrections – Remove Chromatic Aberration and Enable Profile Corrections
    Set Color Profile
    Set White Balance
    Apply Tone settings except for contrast (Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks
    No Clarity, Texture, or Dehaze
    Adjust Vibrance and Saturation as needed.
    No noise removal or sharpening
    Use default Lightroom Color Noise Removal
    No contrast or presence adjustments

    Dave Kelly – When to use Denoise AI and when to use Sharpen AI

    Use Denoise AI
    Primary Function – remove noise
    Secondary function – basic sharpening

    Use Denoise alone with ISO over 1000 and image has no focus issues but only needs basic sharpening.

    Use Sharpen AI –
    Use Sharpen AI to correct focus issues (camera shake and missed focus)
    Secondary function – minor noise reduction (ISO range 0 – 1000)

    Use Sharpen AI alone if ISO is under 1000 and image needs any sharpening.

    Use Denoise AI followed by Sharpen AI if:
    i. ISO is over 1000
    ii. 2 Out of focus caused by either camera movement or missed focus.

    Alan Hunt

    #652
    Jack Christfield
    Keymaster

    Thanks, Alan — good information!
    -Jack

    #653
    Mark V’Soske
    Participant

    Here’s the link to the YouTube video regarding Topaz workflow:

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