Adobe, Apple, Adobe Photoshop, Apple mobile application processors, Macintosh, macOS DID IT AGAIN! Super Resolution is here!
Now. The first feature that is really important to me – and i was kind of expecting, is specifically around my computer. A few weeks ago i decided to upgrade my computer. I only use one computer right now. It was a 2018 macbook, pro 15 inch laptop, and so i decided to go for the apple macbook air with their m1 silicon. Now i waited a few months before i made the upgrade, because i wanted to really see what people thought and i can tell you right now from experience. It is an absolute beast. I got the version with 16 gigs of ram and the 8 core processor, but that’s, neither here nor there for the past few weeks, since i got the computer i’ve been running, adobe photoshop beta and the reason why i ran the beta is because that was built For apple’s m1, so this morning now adobe decided to release photoshop natively. With that m1 support outside of beta in production, i thought it’d be fun to do a little speed test just to see how long it takes for the original or the emulated version of adobe photoshop to run versus the m1 version. So the first thing i did was, i enabled rosetta support for that app and i timed the launch which came in at about 4.67 seconds. Then i disabled the rosetta so that it would run natively with m1 support and launched it and that clocked in in 2.
11 seconds, so the speed difference is really impressive and that performance boost doesn’t, just uh, relate to the launch of the app it actually translates into All the functions within photoshop so it’s been, like, i said, a real pleasure, and so with that feature out of the way let’s talk about this one new feature that i think is really cool, has a lot of potential and it’s called super resolution. Now, there’s no shortage of photo editing, apps that offer this kind of image. Enlargement and we’ve certainly seen plenty of this in films and tv shows enhanced 224 to 176.. But what adobe is doing differently is that they’re, relying very heavily on ai and image learning to facilitate that image enlargement process. They claim that you’ll get a four times image enlargement without any loss of quality, but actually possibly an increase in quality, and what i want to do is show you three examples of how this super resolution feature could be applicable to you. So let’s check that out. So i have three images here that i think serve as three kind of unique examples of how super resolution could work. The first one is a full resolution, raw file taken with my sony, a7r mark iv, so it is about 60 megapixels. This will be good for if you really just need to blow up a photo to billboard size without losing quality again, adobe says that super resolution will give you a four time increase uh without any loss of quality and in fact it might improve the quality.
The second is just a standard mobile photo. I took this with my iphone 12 pro max, so this is just to give you an example of how, if you do need to enlarge a mobile shot, how that can work. The third one is kind of a unique kind of edge case example. This was a photo taken of me, obviously with a sony a6000, but it was sent to me, as you can see here, a very low resolution jpeg and i use this photo for my my profile shot, sometimes so i’m going to show you how super resolution works. There all right so let’s go here to the first image again. This is a full resolution, raw file from an a7r mark iv, you’re going to right click and go to open in camera, raw and so i’m, not going to do any edits to this photo i’m. Just going to use super resolution to do that, right, click on the photo in the film strip and then go to enhance and you’ll get this window here. That shows you kind of a super super i’m, not exactly sure what uh, how many times this is zoomed. In but uh it’s really really tight. So if we go somewhere here that shows a little bit of detail. If i click you can see, this is without enhance and that’s with enhanced. So there is an you know. There is definitely improvement to detail but again we’re zoomed in at a crazy percentage.
So this is more just to show you to visualize. You want to make sure, obviously that super resolution is turned on and then let’s click enhance all right. So that took about 20 seconds. And if you look at the bottom, you can see that the original photo is a 60.2 megapixel native raw and then it automatically will create a dng. That is your super resolution photo and look at that 241 megapixels, and so what we’re gon na do is let’s. Go ahead with the original and we’ll zoom in kind of over here, where we were before and let’s just kind of see if we can create a similar zoom. So this is a hundred percent, so this is pixel for pixel let’s. Go to our super resolution here and watch what happens when we click in here so that’s 100 uh just to show you the difference! How much more you know you get with resolution, so i’m going to go ahead and zoom out a bit and let’s try to position it about the same place just so. We can kind of hop between back and forth here, all right. So again, the difference! This is the original 60 megapixel. Normally, if you were gon na explode a photo four times that you probably would lose some resolution, but as i kind of hop between the two, in fact, i think that there is more detail in the super resolution. Just looking at these cracks in the paint here, it might not be as easy for you to see here: i’ll try to zoom in a little bit more.
So this is a good view here. Where you can see here is the native and then it just looks a little bit better now mind you here we are at 161. zoom, this we’re, actually at 80, so again it’s just a really impressive demo right now again, this is a technology preview. I think they’re going to be improving this over time, but so far, if i needed to go ahead and take a 60 megapixel photo and for whatever reason blow it up to 240 megapixels, probably for a billboard or a very very you know, highly detailed print it’s. Nice to have that feature so let’s go ahead and let’s click done here all right, so let’s now move on to this photo again. This was taken with an iphone 12 pro max, nothing special to it. We’Ll right click we’ll go to open in camera raw and just like before. We’Ll right click we’ll go to enhance, and so we can zoom out here and click somewhere here where there’s detail and again, if you press and hold this is the image without super resolution, and so you can see a lot of that detail, snaps back in, which Is pretty cool and so let’s click enhance again. The iphone’s native resolution is 12.2 megapixels. The super resolution version bumps it up to 48.8. So again, a four time increase. Let’S go ahead here, let’s zoom in i’m, going to try to position this kind of center right.
We’Ll go to the same version here and let’s just kind of hop between the two. So you know i’m. Looking at the detail in the trees here on branches, and i can tell right away that there is definitely an improvement in quality in terms of sharpness. So just kind of hopping between the two you can see it snaps detail a little bit more. This looks a little bit fuzzy again i’m zoomed in this is the original photo i’m zoomed in at 178.8 percent, and this one i’m actually is kind of zoomed out at 89.1 percent. So very, very impressive. Here the this detail that you get and again because i get to now benefit from a larger photo. I don’t have to worry about any sort of loss and quality so again, kudos to adobe here, let’s move on to the third and final example. So, like i mentioned, this is a photo that i use often these days for my profile photo on websites. Let’S go ahead, we’ll open in camera raw. So the thing is a lot of times with profile photos. You want to kind of focus on your head, maybe from shoulder up since this is a full body photo. If i were to just put this in a profile avatar, it would be tiny because it would just be filling the whole photo. So what i like to do is zoom in and just to show you this is the original photo, or rather this is not the original photo.
This is a jpeg, a low resolution, jpeg from a sony, a6000 camera. So let’s go to the crop tool here and i’m going to set it to square and then i’m going to essentially position it to where i normally have my profile photo so somewhere right around here. Okay, so that’s good done with the crop. So you can see that brought us to a point. One megapixel photo it’s fine uh. If i were to go ahead here, let’s go to 100 that’s fine. If we go to 200 percent, you start to see it get softer and then 300 percent it’s just a soft photo, but let’s go ahead. We’Ll right click we’ll go to enhance and if we zoom out kind of go to say over here, you can see without the super resolution how it’s soft and then you get that much more detail. So let’s click enhance and let’s flip between the two. So this went from a 0.1 megapixel photo to a half a megapixel, and this is probably the best example so far of the three that illustrates the super resolution, especially because it goes in the complete opposite of you know what we’re talking about. We started with a 60 megapixel photo now we’re talking about a 0.1 megapixel image. But if we go here, you can see look at just the details in the hat the corners of the shirt. You can see all this aliasing and if we go to the right, it just smooths out the details, snap in and the edges that’s.
What i want you to really pay attention to are really smooth again. Look at the the knob on my ball head over here and then the leveling base, it’s all jagged here nice and smooth much more usable photo again it’s, just one of those little things that i think is really great about what adobe’s doing so. I don’t know. I think it’s, pretty cool i’m, really excited about this potential it’s, not something i think i’ll be using a bunch but it’s great to have when i need it now, it’s time to continue your video watching journey so check out this video here. If you want to see some reasons why i use photoshop instead of lightroom, this video here shows some of my favorite hidden tricks in adobe lightroom cc. And if you like this video i’d love it.