Pixelmator Pro update adds ability to enhance image resolution using AI

Vilnius, Lithuania - The Pixelmator Team today released an update to Pixelmator Pro, the award-winning Mac image editor designed to make powerful professional tools accessible to everyday users. The update adds a new ML Super Resolution feature, giving users the ability to increase the resolution of images using state-of-the-art machine learning techniques.

"Machine learning has been the most exciting technology in image editing over the past few years and we've taken full advantage of it with a number of ML-powered features," said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. "And thanks to the new ML Super Resolution feature, users can now increase the resolution of any image with a click while preserving its quality, which simply wouldn't be possible without AI."

ML Super Resolution is integrated using Core ML 3 and is the first tool of its kind widely available to consumers. Using cutting-edge machine learning techniques, it increases the resolution of images - whether photos, illustrations, paintings, or designs - while preserving textures, edges, and other details. What's more, ML Super Resolution also intelligently removes image noise and compression artifacts during the upscaling process, delivering incredible quality. The new feature is available as a one-click action, as an algorithm when changing the size of images, and as an algorithm when scaling objects using the Transform tool.

Advances in Mac graphics processor performance and multi-GPU support in Core ML 3 make these groundbreaking technologies available to everyday users. To upscale an image, ML Super Resolution creates a representation of it that is over 100 channels deep, detecting features such as edges, patterns, textures, gradients, and colors. The channels are then upscaled separately and combined back into an image. This all happens in under a second on the latest hardware, while on devices from just 5 years ago, the same action can take over a minute. Performance increases are especially notable - up to 200x - on Mac computers with multiple GPUs or AMD Navi eGPUs.

Pixelmator Pro 1.5.4 also brings improvements to ML Denoise, the AI-powered camera noise and image compression artifact removal tool. With the latest round of improvements, ML Denoise is between 2-4 times better at analyzing and removing image noise.

Pixelmator Pro 1.5.4
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Founded in 2007 by two brothers, Saulius Dailide and Aidas Dailide, the Pixelmator Team develops powerful image editing apps for Mac and iOS. The team's apps have been honored with multiple Mac App of the Year awards, an iPad App of the Year award, an Apple Design Award, and many others. Pixelmator for iPad was featured at the Apple Special Event in October 2014. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2007-2019 Pixelmator. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, and macOS are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.


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