Summary: This Topaz Labs alternative review not only introduces five best Topaz Labs AI products but also the best alternatives from Vance AI.

Topaz Labs is a software developer that many photographers know for its plugins; however, the company also creates fully working standalone apps, such as Topaz Studio. Topaz Studio lets you add effects to your photos and optimize them while serving as a plugin palette for Photoshop. Unfortunately, Topaz Studio lacks organizational tools, such as the library module in Lightroom, which makes it lag.

Topaz Studio is, in my opinion, the best option for those photographers or creators that want to perform basic adjustments on their photos, such as fix exposure, contrast, colour saturation, or are interested in taking a harder swing at their photographs, such as removing background or certain objects.

Furthermore, Topaz’s capabilities do not stop there. You can also use tools such as Gigapixel AI that enlarges photos and makes them ready for prints or remove noise with Topaz Denoise AI and sharpen images with Topaz Sharpen AI.

The possibilities are endless and it is up to you to make the most out of them. 

Part I: Introduce Topaz Labs Products

1. Topaz Gigapixel AI

Price: $99.99

Topaz Gigapixel was designed exactly with accurate, fast, and high-quality image enlargements in mind. Therefore, it is a perfect one-stop solution for all your images that need just a tiny boost before you can send them to be printed.

Being able to print your photos in larger formats is every photographer’s dream, and Topaz Gigapixel makes it seem super-easy.

While it is significantly slower than Photoshop, it is a very viable alternative to Photoshop. The main advantage is that Topaz Gigapixel can be purchased, while Photoshop is only available with a subscription.

Topaz-Gigapixel

PROS

  • a great alternative to Photoshop
  • does a great job enlarging images

CONS

  • can be slow

2. Topaz Denoise AI

Price: $79.99

Anyone shooting with an older or not full-frame camera or with a smartphone knows that smaller sensors result in grainy images. This effect is especially noticeable in low-light conditions.

Topaz Denoise AI is an easy-to-use one-stop solution to your problems with noise in photos.

This software might be especially handy if you are an event photographer, such as weddings and concert, where “low-light conditions” is the name of the game.

In conclusion, Topaz Denoise is an effective tool for removing noise from images while retaining maximum possible detail.

Topaz-Denoise

PROS

  • good at noise reduction without losing detail
  • reasonably priced
  • standalone or a plugin
  • ease-of-use

CONS

  • slow processing

3. Topaz Sharpen AI   

Price: $79.99

Artificial intelligence in Topaz Sharpen AI pays off. While the software does not always deliver, probably due to issues with recognizing objects, it does a great job sharpening images.

If you are less experienced with photo editing, Topaz Sharpen AI is a must for you, while professionals will find more value in some alternatives that give more options, namely Photoshop.

Therefore, Topaz Sharpen AI is a solution for the photos where you perhaps used the wrong shutter speed or misfocused. Either way, it is waiting for you.

Topaz-Sharpen

PROS

  • can be used as a Photoshop filter
  • easy to use
  • great sharpening

CONS

  • exports slowly
  • requires a lot of playing around with settings

4. Topaz Adjust 

Price: $59.99

Topaz Adjust AI works either as a standalone app or as a Photoshop plugin. However, you are not required to install both – one installation ensures both.

It can run either on an auto mode powered by AI, or you can manually take control and edit the image in the way you see the best fit. The tool has all the sliders that I am used to from tools like Lightroom and Luminar; however, it brings its own few twists on to the table.

Topaz-Adjust

PROS

  • works with raw files
  • auto AI does a good job on its own

 

CONS

  • there are better alternatives
  • lacks presets

5. Topaz Mask AI

Price: $99.99

Topaz Mask AI is a software dedicated to masking certain object in and out of an image. It has a fairly simple interface with a built-in tutorial, which makes your life as a beginner a lot easier.

To make it work, simply outline your object with a paintbrush, then select the areas that you want to be removed, such as the sky for example. Once you complete these tasks, your job is done and Topaz Mask AI will do the rest.

Congratulations, you have just replaced your first background.

Topaz-Mask

PROS

  • excellent masking
  • standalone app or a plugin
  • fast

CONS

  • sky replacement is not the best
  • AI lacks some power

 

Part II: 5 Best Online Alternatives to Topaz Labs from Vance AI

1. Vance AI Image Enlarger  

Price: from $0.04/image

Vance AI Image Enlarger is one of the best alternatives to Topaz Gigapixel. Much like its competitors, Image Enlarger improves the resolution of your images; however, Vance AI’s tool does this by 8 times. What does this mean? This AI Image Enlarger can improve the resolution of your images up to 8 times in each dimension, effectively improving the resolution by 64x (8×8=64).

Moreover, it does so without introducing any noise.

Image Enlarger

PROS

  • gigantic enlargements
  • no noise
  • simple interface

CONS

  • only accept up to 3000×3000px images

 

2. Vance AI Image Denoiser    

Price: from $0.04/image

Vance AI Image Denoiser is a unique alternative to Topaz Denoise AI. The crucial part of removing noise from images is not losing any detail in the process. Therefore, good denoise tools are scarce in numbers. Vance AI Image Denoiser automatically removes noise from your images while retaining virtually all detail and requiring you to only move one slider. All that for an extremely low price.

Image-Denoiser

PROS

  • inexpensive
  • easy to use
  • retains detail if used cautiously

CONS

  • 100% setting results in loss of detail

3. Vance AI Image Sharpener   

Price: from $0.04/image

Vance AI Image Sharpener is my number one alternative to Topaz Sharpen AI. Not only is it available also as an online version, but it also costs a lot less and does all the work for you. All that is left for you to do is upload an image, set a sharpening value, pay $0.04/image, and download when the process finishes. However, be careful with the settings. If you bump it to 100% you may end up with grainy images with a halo around the edges.

Image-Sharpener

PROS

  • automatically greatly sharpens your images
  • inexpensive and easy to use

CONS

  • has issues sharpening the right object
  • introduces halo

4. Vance AI Background Remover   

Price: from $0.04/image

Removing the background is one of the most annoying tasks in post-processing. While Topaz Mask AI does a fine job, there exists a handy alternative: Vance AI Background Remover. This crafty piece of software is not only available online, but it also automatically removes the background from images for you. In contrast, with Topaz Mask AI, you have to do the masking. There is, however, a downside to fully automated background removal – Vance AI Background Removes sometimes gets it wrong and then there’s nothing for you to do.

Background-remover

PROS

  • fully automated
  • inexpensive and easy-to-use

CONS

  • lacks controls
  • gets it wrong on occasion

5. Vance AI Image Retoucher   

Price: from $0.04/image

Do you feel like editing photos? Then, Vance AI Image Retoucher is the tool for you. I mainly use it as a Topaz Adjust AI alternative. The former automatically applies all the necessary edits to your photos without you needing to lift a finger. However, there are a few downsides to this full automation which bugged me. Most notably, when the tool does not edit the photo the way you want, there is not much you can do about it.

Overall, if you have a lot of images that you need edited, you will love Vance AI Image Retoucher.

Image-Retoucher

PROS

  • fully automated
  • great for batch editing

CONS

  • does not give you any control over the edits
  • occasionally edits images

 

Part III: 5 Software Alternatives to Topaz Labs

1. Luminar AI  

Price: $69

Luminar AI, you may use my review, is a recently released tool by Skylum that has swept over the photography tool. Being the successor to the widely-popular Luminar 4, it has brought a lot to the table. Most notably, Luminar AI is capable of outstanding photo edits thanks to its powerful AI tools that do half of the work for you. However, you still retain full control to every edit, which makes it an almost perfect photo editing software. My only issues with Luminar AI are its lack of library features, exporting options, metadata editing, and clunky masking options.

Luminar-AI

PROS

  • AI-powered
  • Uses templates (like presets)
  • Easy-to-use

CONS

  • Lacks export options
  • No metadata editing
  • Poor library organization

 

2.Aurora HDR

Price: $99.00

Aurora HDR is an extremely powerful software by Skylum that can be used to merge photos of different exposures into a single HDR image. This admittedly awesome tool has a plethora of built-in features that make it possible to edit photos within Aurora HDR right after the stitching. However, I have found that these edits can quickly to noisy photos. I have stopped using Aurora HDR because it kept bugging me about images of different resolution – for which Lightroom does not care. Therefore, I settled for the Adobe alternative.

Aurora-HDR

PROS

  • Comes with several adjusting tools
  • Very powerful

CONS

  • Settings can be easily overdone
  • Annoying about image resolution

 

3. Pixelmator Pro

Price: $39.99

Pixelmator Pro is an outstanding alternative to other photo editing apps, such as Photoshop. While some other tools may contain more features, Pixelmator Pro is less capable but a lot faster. If you need something done quickly, this is the software for you. It is the best fit for photographers that want to apply a few tonal adjustments, fix a few pixels, do some basic vector work, and perform other photo edits. Above all, Pixelmator Pro is extremely affordable at $39.99.

Pixelmator-Pro

PROS

  • Inexpensive
  • Super-fast

CONS

  • Lacks features

 

4. DxO PhotoLab

Price: $99.99 Essential Edition, $149.99 Elite Edition

DxO comes quite close to being a complete photo-editing workflow solution with its spectacular tools. In comparison to similar software, DxO outperforms them in lens and camera calibration capabilities, which are nearly unmatched. It also harbours a few unique features, including Prime noise-reduction, U Point local adjustments, ClearView plus tools, and Lens Sharpness. The collection of these tools make DxO one of the best Topaz alternatives. Additionally, DxO comes with a Content-Aware Fill tool that lets you remove undesired or distracting objects from a scene.

DxO-Photolab

PROS

  • Clean interface
  • Powerful adjustments
  • Excellent autocorrection

CONS

  • Lacks tools
  • Can be slow

 

5. InPixio Studio    

Price: $49.99, $59.99 for Pro version

InPixio is a swiss army knife of photo editing tools. Unfortunately, for now, it is only available for Windows users, except for the Photo Editor. It offers a wide variety of presets and gives you light control, making it possible to relight the scene. Among others, InPixio can improve the sharpness of images, creates a shallow depth of field, lets you enlarge images, perform basic photo edits, and share directly to social media. In conclusion, I highly recommend you download a free trial and take it out for a spin.

inPixio-studio

PROS

  • Clean interface
  • Simple for beginners
  • Affordable

CONS

  • Confusing pricing
  • No version for Mac
  • Lacks file management

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, in this Topaz Labs review of the best alternatives for Topaz Labs software, I have covered every major photo editing tool that has similar capabilities that you can think of. Importantly, all these tools are not mutually interchangeable. For example, Luminar AI is the best at overall photo editing, while Vance AI software provides an inexpensive online solution to image enlargement, noise reduction, image sharpness, and image retouching.

If I were to leave you with one thought; try several photo editors (their free trials) and pick the one (or two) you liked the best. Related article: 11 Best Alternatives to Photoshop Powered by AI 2021