Fixing the Too-Small Photos

Some of the old family photos were scanned into the computer with low resolution in the past. This means they appear only in small versions in blog posts or in Gail Lee Martin’s books. Here’s an example. It’s a small photo to start with having been taken in a photo booth in the 1940s.

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If I have the actual photo, I can scan it at a higher resolution. If all I have is a copy on the computer, that’s not possible. Now, I’ve found a solution to this issue. A friend told me about Topaz software that’s called Gigapixel AI.

Here’s the description of it, “Enlarging your image without losing detail has always been impossible… until now. Upscale your photos by up to 600% while perfectly preserving image quality with the power of AI.” (AI means artificial intelligence) If I understand it correctly, the software figures out how to add connectors in as it makes the picture larger.

I tried it out for the month-long trial period they offer and found it amazing. Here’s the photo you see above after I ran it through the Gigapixel AI.

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I used the software on a studio photo of my grandmother in her wedding dress. With the enlarged photo, I was able to solve a family mystery. The enlarged photo revealed details allowing us to confirm that the dress my cousin has is our grandmother’s bridal gown from 1915. You can read about it in The Heirloom Wedding Dress.

The software currently costs $99, but I noticed during the Christmas season they were having 25% off. Go ahead and get the free trial of Gigapixel AI so you can try it out with your problem photos. Once I found out what it could do for me, I had to have it, no matter even if it meant paying full price.

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