Best Practices for AI Upscaling


Whether you’re running an e-commerce store, a website, or a blog, you need professional-looking photos to increase your brand’s visibility. With AI upscaling tools, you don’t have to spend your time editing images manually. However, trying to upscale poorly taken or low-quality photos means you won’t get the desired results. The best approach is to adjust them without losing their original qualities. Here is a simple guide to help you get started.


Noise reduction

If you’ve taken photos before, you must have seen grainy appearance or irregular specks that made them look less appealing. Before you use an AI upscaling tool, you need to smooth the images near the contrast boundaries. You can experiment with different techniques to soften the details. For instance, you can employ noise reduction plugins to remove the blotches without altering the saturation. The idea is to make the final product look clean without any distortions.

Work on the resolution

The last thing you want is to upscale images only to end with photos stretched beyond boundaries. If you don’t work on the resolution of the original copy, you can lose some details in the process. Other than that, you may end up with blurred images. This is a common problem if you view low-resolution photos on a large-resolution display.

You may adjust your images to the highest resolution possible, but there are limits on how far you can go. The goal is to mitigate any issues that can arise, especially if the images have a lot of noise. Focus on maintaining good image quality. Remember, the end user wants to see fine details like the logo, digital art, natural scenes, product catalog, etc.

After you adjust your images to the correct resolution, your AI upscaling tool will make them visible to the end user.

File format

If you change your images to the wrong format before AI upscaling, they may look blurry or pixelated. For example, if your photos have line drawings, changing them to JPEG can cause unnoticeable artifacts. Such images can take lots of space – save them in PNG, GIF, or TIFF formats. Similarly, if your photos contain large text, you should save them in JPG. Avoid files that can take up significant space on your website.

After you change the file formats, you must ensure the image resolution remains the same. Your center of attention should be on data retention. After all, you’re upscaling to get high-quality pictures. If you notice some blockiness or lossy compression on your images, they are in the wrong format.

Color correction

If you upscale your photos without working on the colors, you may get brighter and more vivid images. With that in mind, you should apply color-grading basics that enhance the photos like:

  • Adjusting the highlights and mid-tones

  • Reducing the shadows

  • Adjusting the saturation of background objects

If you leave some imbalances on your images, they can compromise the upscaling process. Since color correction is about adjusting the brightness and saturation, you can use tools like GIMP or Adobe Photoshop. As you make the changes, pay attention to the intended use of the images.

Be sure to follow the above tips before using AI upscaling tools to optimize your images. It’s time you boost your online presence!

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