Lehi, UT—A global service for discovering your past and empowering your future, MyHeritage released its MyHeritage Photo Enhancer. The new feature brings blurry, low-resolution or low-quality photos into sharp focus. A specialized technology enhances photos to produce high-definition results.
MyHeritage Photo Enhancer
The MyHeritage Photo Enhancer takes old or blurry photos and increases their resolution so faces appear well defined. Moreover, deep learning technology licensed by MyHeritage powers the tool; it seamlessly integrates into the company’s platform.
The technology infers what the faces in the photos looked like. Enhancement is particularly useful for historical photos where the faces are often small and blurry. However, it works on new color photos, too. What’s more, the feature works best on photos in which multiple people appear, and users can view enhanced faces one by one. The original photos remain intact and are not changed by the enhancement process; separate versions are created alongside the originals.
“The MyHeritage Photo Enhancer joins a robust suite of technology-based features on MyHeritage that help people around the world connect with their family history in new and meaningful ways,” said Gilad Japhet, founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Following the recent success of our photo colorization feature, we saw photo enhancement as a natural next step. We are thrilled to integrate this technology into our family history platform. This addition makes MyHeritage the best platform for uploading, enhancing, as well as sharing historical photos, bar none. It also makes genealogy fun, as it should be.”
In February 2020, the company launched MyHeritage In Color—an AI-based feature that colorizes black-and-white photos. The feature gained popularity, with 11.4 million photos colorized thus far and shared on social media.
Now, enhancement and colorization complement one another. Users can enhance photos they previously colorized, as well as other photos.
Integrates with Family Trees
People worldwide use the MyHeritage platform to explore their family history and digitally preserve family photos. MyHeritage users have uploaded hundreds of millions of photos to the platform. In addition, they have enriched them with metadata and tags, including the photo’s date, place and the individuals in it.
The enhancer feature is available on the MyHeritage platform as well as MyHeritage’s free mobile app (iOS and Android). The app is a tool for scanning and digitizing old photos in physical albums. Users can share photos that are enhanced and/or colorized on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and other social media.
Because MyHeritage is committed to preserving the authenticity of historical documents, it differentiates enhanced photos from the originals. It places a special embossed magic wand symbol in the bottom left corner of enhanced photos.
In photos that were colorized, a similar palette symbol appears; photos that were both enhanced and colorized feature both symbols. As a result, others quickly determine if a photo was modified.
In addition, the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer is a freemium feature on MyHeritage. Users can enhance 10 photos for free. After that, continued use of the feature requires a subscription.