Super Resolution is an amazing new upsizing method that was added into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic in the summer of 2021. Super Resolution quadruples the number of pixels in a raw digital image.
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Usually, enlarging a photo to four times its original size produces unacceptably blurry results but Super Resolution is different. According to Adobe, Super Resolution uses “advanced machine learning models that were trained on millions of photos. Backed by this vast training set, Super Resolution can intelligently enlarge photos while maintaining clean edges and preserving important details.”
Although training “machine learning models” sounds like complicated stuff, the new Super Resolution feature in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic is incredibly easy to use. To enlarge a raw image using Super Resolution, all that you need to do is to select the photo that you want to upsize from Lightroom Classic’s Grid View and then you can invoke the Photo > Enhance command from the top menu bar.
Using Super Resolution is even easier once you learn the keyboard shortcut for what Adobe calls the “headless,” or hidden mode, for this tool. On a Mac, the keyboard shortcut that you want to learn for Super Resolution is Shift + Control + the Alt / Option key and then the letter I.
On a Windows computer, the keyboard shortcut for this command is almost exactly the same. On a PC, it is Shift + Control + Alt and then the letter I.
Although this new resizing technology is amazing, I must point out that the new Super Resolution enlargement system is a very demanding process for your computer. This is a feature that performs significantly better on computer’s with modern processing chips and powerful graphics cards.
When you truly need a much larger raw file than your camera actually captures then Super Resolution is a fantastic option. This new tool is one that I foresee using only on those rare images that I want to print at enormous sizes and on those images where I only want to use one tiny cropped portion of my original capture.
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