Neat Online Photo Enhancer Lets You Finally See Your Ancestors’ Faces In Detail
By Mikelle Leow, 23 Jul 2020
Images via MyHeritage
You’ve heard bits and pieces of their stories—if only you had a face to match them. Well, it’s a good thing for photos, along with the technology to help you complete the puzzle.
Last month, online genealogy platform MyHeritage rolled out an incredible tool called the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer that promises to refine old blurry family photos into pictures with clear and actually distinguishable faces, closing a little of that distance between you and your great relatives.
The website believes this technology is the best of its kind so far. “No other company has succeeded in developing photo enhancement technology of this quality,” MyHeritage explained in a blog post. “The results are crisp and truly outstanding.”
Explaining how the tool was created, MyHeritage said it worked with the makers of photo-enhancing mobile app Remini, who “developed machine learning technology to enhance photos by upscaling (increasing the resolution) the faces that appear in them.”
MyHeritage detailed that the AI “produces exceptional results for historical photos, where the faces are often small and blurry, but works equally well on new color photos too.” The technology for the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer is now licensed by the platform.
In case you’re wondering, the service is free and takes a minimal amount of time. Like several machine-learning image converters out there, you’ll only need to upload a photo and wait for a few seconds for the results.
The family heritage site recommends using photos with multiple faces for “best” effect, as you can then “go face by face to see each one enhanced.” That’s peak confidence.
The launch of the enhancing tool follows that of MyHeritage In Color™, a program designed to colorize old family photos. The company, in fact, suggests you use both features together for the most realistic look possible of those who came before you.
“These technologies complement one another, and we recommend that you’ll both colorize and enhance your historical photos,” the site explained.
Scroll down to see some amazing results from people who have tried out the photo enhancer. Give it a go here, and head here to use the colorizing tool.
"It's nothing short of phenomenal!" The positive feedback is rolling in for the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer. Try it for yourself at https://t.co/JslsgqLNoQ. #photos #effects #history pic.twitter.com/6ZBCKT15Jm— MyHeritage (@MyHeritage) June 15, 2020
This is my husband's great grandparents, Marcel and Julia (Talbot) Balthazor, taken in 1886. It was enhanced and colorized on MyHeritage and is so beautiful now! pic.twitter.com/5kY3aSPPJc— Lorelei Halfhide 👩💻🕵️♀️💜 (@LoriHalfhide) July 20, 2020
Completely amazing results!— Roger Johansson (@RogerAlsing) June 17, 2020
Tried it on my maternal grandparents: pic.twitter.com/qCfcbtiZ4U
I am really loving this tool. Many of the pictures of my grandmother that I inherited are blurry. pic.twitter.com/ifq6QxGuJl— Popper (@PoppertheCat) June 15, 2020
My great, great grandfather, John Cates, who died in 1916. Amazing enhancement!! My Dad was blown away when I sent it to him. pic.twitter.com/ShqvmYHwZ0— ⒸⒶⓉⒺⓈ (@DoughyRamone) July 23, 2020
This is the only photo I have of this ancestor. What an improvement! pic.twitter.com/A1S8mK7qMQ— Popper (@PoppertheCat) June 18, 2020
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