We avoid upscaling images, but sometimes it’s necessary.
When we built ozake.com, we spent an enormous amount of time searching for crystal clear background images at high resolutions. Not all of the images we wanted were big enough, so we had to upscale some of them.
We used Photoshop, but Pixelmator Pro produces much better results.
And, Upscayl is a new Mac app that uses AI to create very clean and natural-feeling results.
Here’s the original low-resolution JPG downloaded from the internet:
We’ll test three ways of upscaling the image:
- Photoshop 24 (2023)
- Pixelmator Pro
Here are the results:
Pixelmator Pro ($5/month) is far better than Photoshop at upscaling, and it’s extremely fast.
Upscayl consistently produces slightly better results, and it’s free.
You can download Upscayl at github.com/upscayl
You’ll find upscayl-2.0.1-mac.dmg listed under “Assets” about 1/3 of the way down the page.