Adobe recently released fresh versions of its Creative Cloud software. Among other things, Photoshop, or rather, the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) utility, has the Super Resolution functionality (literally – “super resolution”). Based on the first tests, this new feature works very well.
It’s about quadrupling the resolution with artificial intelligence (AI). The functionality is based on Adobe’s Enhance Details technology, introduced 2 years ago, and uses machine learning to interpolate raw files with a high degree of accuracy, resulting in images with clear details and minimal artifacts. “Increasing the resolution of photos often results in blurry details, but Super Resolution There’s a trick up our sleeve: an advanced machine learning model trained on millions of photos. Drawing on this extensive sample, Super Resolution can intelligently enlarge photos while maintaining clean edges and important details. “, Says Adobe.
PetaPixel tested the technology in practice and was very impressed with the results. The test started with a photo of a surfer taken ten years ago with the Nikon D700: the 12MP image was intelligently stretched using Super Resolution, resulting in a 48.2MP image that looks like the original. In other cases, the functionality worked amazingly well too.
It should be said that the technology was created primarily for Raw files and is able to more efficiently perform debayering (the process of translating the Bayer primary color matrix into the final image). However, Super Resolution also works with other files like TIFF or JPEG: you just need to open the image file in Adobe Camera Raw using Photoshop or Adobe Bridge, and then right-click on the image and choose Enhance. After smart scaling is applied, a separate DNG file will be created and saved to disk next to the original file.
Interestingly, Super Resolution allows you to quadruple any image if the resulting resolution does not exceed 500 megapixels. For example, a journalist tested the method on 102MP files from Fujifilm GFX 100 and GFX 100S cameras and was able to create stunning 400MP images.
Such technologies are not fundamentally new. There are AI-powered scaling tools (like Topaz Gigapixel AI) that can do better at times. But now this technology has become part of Photoshop, moreover, it is optimized for RAW files and processing data obtained through the Bayer filter. So this is in any case a big step forward for everyone involved in digital photography, printing and other similar industries.