This is my ON-HANDS review of Vance AI – Productivity Series.
In this post, I’ll discuss and describe:
- Vance AI Pricing
- My results of using Vance AI Productivity Series
- Mention some alternatives
- Tell you what I liked and disliked
- My conclusions
Let’s get right into it.
What is Vance AI?
Vance AI, founded in July 2020, has in less than a year expanded from a startup to an international business.
It, now, owns its team of AI developers and experts that works on ground-breaking new tools for automatic photo editing.
While AIs have been strictly confined to expensive apps with steep learning curves, Vance AI aims to bring these tools closer to everyone – from photographers, to small business owners, and everyone in-between.
Vance AI Pricing
Vance AI Pricing system is simple as it gets. To use any of the AI tools, you need to pay 1 credit for 1 image.
You can buy credits with two different monthly subscription plans or get 5 for free.
As always, if there’s a free trial, I recommend you take advantage of it to figure out whether Vance AI is right for you or not. Afterall, 5 images/month is a generous offer and more than enough to test the tool.
If you decide that Vance AI fits your needs, you can purchase credits with two monthly subscription plan that come with absolutely no commitment:
- Basic: $9.90/month for 200 credits/month ($0.05/credit)
- Pro: $19.90/month for 500 credits/month ($0.04/credit)
Additionally, with each subscription plan you get a desktop app for free.
What is more, as shown in the image below, you risk nothing by purchasing the subscription plans.
You are 100% guaranteed to get your money back within 14 days if you’re not satisfied with Vance AI. Plus, you don’t have to worry about commitments – you can downgrade or cancel the plan any time.
AI Image Enlarger
Loss of quality is a common nuisance in photography and printing, because large prints require high-resolution images that only the very best cameras are able to produce.
If your image lacks resolution, Vance AI offers a viable and affordable solution – AI Image Enlarger.
It is arguably the most useful tool of Vance AI Productivity Series and totally worth the cost, which is not high, to begin with (only $0.04 per image).
This tool is capable of scaling images up to 800% (8-times) without any loss of quality. What is more, with the built-in AI, it will also improve the quality of any image.
To test the AI Image Enlarger, I used a photo of Alps I took at sunset a couple of months ago.
(I reduced image quality for web.)
I uploaded a JPG with resolution of 4787 × 3191 px and 300dpi. However, upon upload Vance AI shrank my photo to 3000 × 2000 px.
While I assume that this might be due to a rigorous AI algorithm, reducing the resolution from 15.2 megapixels to 6 megapixels doesn’t make a lot of sense. Afterall, this is a 2.53x reduction in size – by a tool that is supposed to improve the resolution.
I ran the image through 4x, 6x, and 8x enlargement with Supper Noise option checked and Remove Blue unchecked (later, I compare the two options).
I didn’t do the 2x because it would result in an image barely any larger than the original.
The resulting images had the following resolutions and sizes:
- Original: 4787 × 3191 px, 3.80MB
- 4x enlarged: 12,000 x 8,000 px, 9.84MB
- 6x enlarged: 18,000 x 12,000 px, 8.52MB
- 8x enlarged: 24,000 x 16,000 px, 12.10MB
As you can see, although the resolution improvement is huge (64-times) the size of the file only increases by a 4-fold.
Of course, this is reasonable because the images are JPG and not raws.
Additionally, the uploaded image had resolution of 300DPI, while the resulting images had the resolution of 72DPI.
Regardless, below, I compare the results zoomed onto the highest peak (see the image above).
Original image had quite some noise around the edges, which was removed by AI Image Enlarger.
However, the 4x image looks weirdly posterized, for some reason. I tried redoing the it to see if I made a mistake, but I got a similar result.
Both 6x and 8x images looks slightly less sharp than the original and also lack some texture and detail in colour. However, these are minor flaws that are not visible when the image is zoomed out back to 100%.
In conclusion, AI Image Enlarger does a great job upscaling images up to 8-times without any significant loss in quality. I would recommend it to anyone looking to improve the resolution of their image.
AI Image Denoiser
Shooting at high ISO values produces noise in images, which decreases detail and reduces the overall quality of an image.
Virtually every photo editing app is capable of reducing noise in images. However, reducing noise is a delicate task because you can easy over-do it and end up with a “soft” image.
This is where AI Image Denoiser by Vance AI comes into the play, with its automatic denoiser.
To visualize what this tool does, I tested it with one of my Milky Way photos at various denoise settings.
Below, I compare zoomed in results.
For these particular photos, the 50% denoise setting produced the best-looking result. The image is not noisy anymore, while retaining full detail.
However, at 75% and 100% the detail started to fade away, which is a classic sign of “over-denoising” image.
AI Image Sharpener
Sharpening blurry images is no easy task; thus, it’s best if your images come sharp straight out of the camera.
Vance AI Image Sharpener promises automatic sharpening of blurry images using its AI algorithm.
To test how good it is, I repurposed a photo I took to test sharpness of one of my lenses. (Taken with Canon 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM)
I have previously already sharpened this image using Lightroom, but it was not perfectly sharp, yet.
I then processed the original with AI Image Sharpener using 50%, 75%, and 100% setting.
In the image below, I compared the zoomed-in results of each processing setting.
At every setting, but especially at 100%, a strong halo can be seen around the edges, which is the consequence of every sharpening.
In conclusion, while AI Image Sharpener by Vance AI did as it says – it sharpened the images, I expected more from AI.
AI Background Remover
Removing backgrounds with Photoshop or other similar programs has always been a giant pain in the neck.
AI Background Remover by Vance AI performs this task automatically, effectively saving you a lot of time for a small price.
A downside to this automatic background removal is the lack of control you get. For example, if you’re not satisfied with the result, there’s very little you can do.
Nonetheless, picture speaks a thousand words, so let’s look at examples.
In the first example, I tried removing background leaves from a green leaf that stands out very well.
AI Background Remover properly recognized the green leaf, but forgot to include the leaf-stalk. Additionally, the software included some darker parts of the background around the leaves, which significantly the reduce overall quality of the result.
For the next example, let’s pick a more difficult image to remove background from. And also cuter. ?
Removing background from images where the main subject has hair or similarly complex outline is always a difficult task. Kudos to the software for properly masking out the dog’s paws.
However, I disliked how it included the dark background within the fur, especially on the left side. I think that’s something an AI could simply fix.
Overall, I was happy with the results of the AI Background Remove by Vance AI. It is very good at removing background from images where the main subject stands out well, but it has some difficulties with precision.
AI Photo Retoucher
AI Photo Retoucher by Vance promises to retouch photo in one click.
This editing supposedly includes removal of halos, artifacts, and chromatic aberration (also called chromatic distortion).
Additionally, this software will also fix the exposure, contrast, details, and boost saturation.
Unfortunately, it does not accept any raw format photos – only jpg, jpeg, and png. Hence, the result quality is much worse than it could be.
Let’s look at the first example. It is a JPG photo that I converted from my original HDR raw format.
The resulting image (after) is worse than the original (before).
Firstly, contrast was improved, although the original does not lack contrast. Secondly, saturation was increased too much, to the point where image looks too colourful. Thirdly, the final image “received” a blue streak on the left side – for some reason.
Lastly, the final quality was worse, due to the texture being improved so that the image became noisy.
So, I decided to try another one. This time, I used a JPG I took with my phone (Huawei P30 Pro).
This time, AI Photo Retoucher nicely improved the saturation of the flower blossoms, but unfortunately also increased the saturation of the mountain, giving it purple undertone in the process.
In conclusion, AI Photo Retoucher by Vance AI is not a bad tool for automatic photo editing and enhancing. However, it emphasizes the issues of the current AI technology when it comes to photo editing and the drawbacks of using compressed formats (jpg, png) in post-processing.
Vance AI – Productivity Series: Conclusion
In my opinion, Vance AI Productivity series provides a decent solution for simple and automatic photo editing, such as removing backgrounds, sharpening photos, or improving the resolution.
Hence, coming at a reasonable price of $0.04 (and upwards) for each edit, Vance AI is well-worth your money.
However, I disliked three aspects of this AI software.
- It does not allow raw uploads.
- Maximum upload size is 3000 × 3000 px.
- You get virtually no control over edits beside the very basic settings.
With that being said, I am a photographer used to Lightroom, Luminar, and other software that gives me full control over my editing process.
Undoubtedly, for those who don’t have access to professional photo editing apps and don’t have time to learn how to use them, Vance AI is an elegant, all-in-one solution.