There are now several ways to upscale small photos without them losing quality. And now there’s another one that lets you do it from your phone or web browser in only a few seconds. Picsart has now added a brand new AI-powered tool that allows you to upscale small images (and keep them sharp!) in literally a couple of seconds. But is that a good thing? Let’s discuss.
“Increasing the size of your photos usually leads to blurry photos or otherwise the loss of details,” folks at Picsart note. “The Picsart Image Upscaler uses groundbreaking AI tech to enhance images without any loss of quality.”
Upscaling with Picsart is pretty straightforward. You upload the small photo you want to upscale and choose the size you want. You can select between a specific size of the width or height, or choose that the photo becomes 2 or 4 times larger. One, two, three – and it’s done.
The goods and the bads
As I’ve mentioned, there are a few ways today to upscale a tiny image. You can use Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw, or Gigapixel AI. Google also introduced its upscaling technology last year. But I think that PicsArt has made it quicker and simpler than ever.
So, why is it good? The first thing that comes to mind is upscaling the photos you’ve uploaded on Facebook or other social media. This can come in handy if you don’t have the originals on hand and you need a larger and sharper version for whichever purpose. It’s also useful if all your backup techniques fail and you can only save the photos you uploaded to Facebook (don’t ask how I learned this). Another possible use is, of course, for printing. If you need to print your photos in large formats like banners, billboards, or photo wallpapers, you may also find a tool like this handy.
And why is it bad? Because of those same photos you’ve uploaded on Facebook and Instagram. With upscaling technology available and simple to use, it’s easier than ever for your photos to get stolen. And after that, they won’t only be used on some random dude’s social media profile or blog. Thieves can upscale them and then sell them as well.
In cases like this, I always say that it isn’t the tool that’s good or bad – it’s the person who uses it. I’m sure that you’ll Picart’s upscaling tool handy, but I also hope that you won’t have any negative experiences with photo thieves. If you’d like to try out the tool yourself, you’ll find it on this link.