Tutorials How to Upscale In Leonardo AI

How to Upscale In Leonardo AI

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Whenever you Generate a new AI image you sometimes notice that the image is either too smooth, or if you zoom in a bit you see the details are not sharp or crisp enough, looks like it’s not polished enough and you can call it a final work of art.

In this tutorial, I teach you about Upscaling in general and also a step-by-step guide on how to upscale your generated images in Leonardo AI.

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What is Upscale in Leonardo AI?

Upscaling is the process of making the generated AI image either more Crisp and Sharp or more smooth and blurred depending on the type of Upscaler you choose to use.

Upscaling is a very well-known process in the world of Generative AI ever since Midjourney started using that term, but in Midjourney it not only means the levels of details and sharpness of an image it is also about the resolution and how big the final Image is.

Types of Upscalers in Leonardo AI

Recently Leonardo AI introduced 2 new types of Upscalers for all the generated AI images you have in your library, Let’s go through them and explain them a bit more.

  • Alchemy Smooth Upscale: this type of Upscale tends to smooth out your image and reduce the amount of details and sharpness you have, this actually works great for Character-based images, or if you have a furry creature or characters with Hair, as that makes the final output look more real.
  • Alchemy Crisp Upscale: as the name suggests with this one Leonardo AI will try to add more detail and in general make all the edges a bit more defined and crisp, this works really well with Mech or Environment work where you can emphasize the edges and details you have.

Which one should we use? Well, it depends on what type of images you have and based on that you can choose what Upscaler works best and yields the best result for your final polished image.

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How to Upscale in Leonardo AI?

Alright, the moment of truth is finally here! let’s take an example of a generated image and try both the Alchemy Crisp and Smooth Upscalers and see what is the difference we can spot with each one.

Step 1: Head over to the Image Generation section from the left side menu.

Step 2: Choose an image you want to Upscale and Click on the three dots that say More Image Upscalers.

Step 3: a new popup window will appear giving us the choice to choose which Upscaler we want to go with, Let’s try both the Alchemy Smooth Upscale and the Alchemy Crisp Upscale so we can compare later(note that each upscale spends 5 Tokens from your account).

Step 4: After it finishes both you need to click on the actual image you upscaled to open the window where you can select which image to View by clicking on the dropdown that says Original Image.

Alright Below is an image comparison of the 3 images, the original, the smooth one, and the Crisp one.

Notice in one since it has 2 Furry creatures I actually prefer the Smooth Upscaler because it works best with a bit smooth and blurry details on the fur to give us this real fur look we want.

And here is the Final Upscaled image using the Alchemy Smooth Upscale, I might want save the Seed value for this image as I do like how this turned out!


In this tutorial, we went over what Upscale means in the world of Generative AI, we came to know that Upsale actually means having a final polished image of your already existing work.

We also learned in Leonardo AI there are 2 types of Upscalers, The Smooth and Crisp and each one gives us a different look and feel to our final polished image.

Upscaling is the last step you do to have a final polished image that you can download and proceed in using, hopefully, you start incorporating Upscaling as part of your workflow as it will give your work the final push it needs.

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