At MyHeritage, our passion is to help people connect with their family histories. Earlier this year, we introduced MyHeritage In Color, a groundbreaking new technology to bring your old family photos to life through colorization. On June 12, we took it a step further by introducing the game-changing MyHeritage Photo Enhancer: a tool that enhances photos by bringing blurry faces into sharp focus. When combined, MyHeritage In Color and the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer can reveal your ancestors as you’ve never seen them before.
Once again, the response has been incredible. In just a week and a half, one million photos have been enhanced using the new Photo Enhancer tool. Users describe being deeply moved by seeing such crystal-clear images of family members they only knew in their later years — or perhaps had never met. Some were brought near tears to see their ancestors in such realism. A professional photographer expressed wonder at how well the tool works. A genealogy expert blogger discovered that the tool can also improve the quality of scanned documents and make them easier to read!
Below are some of the reactions we’ve received to the Photo Enhancer:
On the MyHeritage Blog
“This is amazing!” writes Carol Woods in the comments of the MyHeritage Blog.
“Today I downloaded one of my paternal grandparents that I had missed, then colourised it,” another user, Kate, comments. “When I enhanced it and then enlarged it I was close to tears — I had finally met Gran and Grandad as a young couple. The enhancing did a really good job on a not-very-good ~100 year old photo; their eyes looked at me in the eye; I could see Gran’s light blue eye colour and just how much my father was like his mother… Grandad died when I was 2 years old so I don’t remember him, but I can see now just how very much like him Dad’s 2 brothers were, and what a gentle man he was… The app has enabled me to ‘know’ my grandparents in a way that I could not have otherwise. Thank you, MyHeritage.”
— Scottish GENES (@GenesBlog) June 16, 2020
@myheritage ‘s photo enhancer is absolutely magical! Being able to see detail in photos of my 2nd great grandparents with such detail really is an amazing gift! Find out more details about this feature this Saturday… https://t.co/nwk3IELAvX
— Ancestree Grove (@AncestreeGrove) June 16, 2020
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
— Nathan Dylan Goodwin (@NathanDGoodwin) June 15, 2020
Have to admit this new photo enhancer tool by @MyHeritage is amazing! Just discovered my Irish great-grandfather looked like @jeremycorbyn. Maybe we’re distantly related. https://t.co/hECPOdv2Cy pic.twitter.com/hcLZMXxvfy
— Katie Morgan (@feroceflauto) June 14, 2020
— Family History Hound|Ellen T-J (@familyhisthound) June 13, 2020
— Family History Hound|Ellen T-J (@familyhisthound) June 13, 2020
Anyone else tried out @MyHeritage's photo enhancer yet? I've tried it on a few and it works beautifully, well done MyHeritage!
— Daniel’s Genealogy #BWBHour (@DanielGenealogy) June 13, 2020
The results really are incredible. Here's a photo of my aunt Tina (Christine), who died one day before her first birthday. This is one of the only photos of her in existence. pic.twitter.com/WI735eXAz2
— Melissa Burgess (@_MelissaBurgess) June 13, 2020
MyHeritage’s new Enhance/Restoration tool for old photos is the real deal. Uses AI to restore old photos that are blurry.
— Craig Kanalley (@ckanal) June 12, 2020
One more. I’ve always liked this pic of my Grandpa & his sister in the 1930s, even though he is blurry.
— Craig Kanalley (@ckanal) June 13, 2020
The @MyHeritage Photo Enhancer tool helped solve a mystery! The before pic (L) made me wonder if my gg-grandfather had #Strabismus, or #LazyEye (my son, mom, sis, etc. also have it). The enhanced pic (R) makes it pretty clear that he had it as well. Amazing! #genealogy #DNA pic.twitter.com/aFxJFxtX1g
— J. L. Starkey (@Jtrainorjustj) June 12, 2020
— JM (@jmszer) June 14, 2020
I spent a lot of time yesterday using the @MyHeritage enhance feature for clearing up photos and here is just one of the many I worked on.
Thanks for such a great tool#genealogy pic.twitter.com/nMhkyqLevo
— Patricia Greber (@treesrch) June 14, 2020
I found this picture in an old book (The Hungarian Infantry – The History of the Hungarian Infantry Soldier).
I’m happy to see my grandfather sharper because I didn’t know him and I don’t have a picture of him. pic.twitter.com/6qKiR3GwXM
— ♡яєηi♡ (@toldireni) June 20, 2020
“So I am sitting here early in the morning, the sun just rising over Lake Michigan, and I finally got some time to look at the new MyHeritage Photo Enhancer. And I am trying not to cry,” writes Thomas MacEntee of High-Definition Genealogy. “The photo… is one of my prized possessions.
The detail is amazing especially when the new enhancement tool is paired with the new MyHeritage In Color feature!”
Thomas also decided to try the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer for another genealogy use:
“Recently I decided to use the new MyHeritage Photo Enhancer to see if it would make a scanned genealogy record easier to read … and it did! The photo… isn’t exactly a pretty scan…
I’ve encountered some really bad scan jobs lately and I’m always looking for ways to improve their quality for research purposes. I thought, ‘What if I ran it through the new MyHeritage Photo Enhancer?’ And here are the results.
The details are amazing and it is much easier to read.”
After his suggestion, a MyHeritage user wrote Thomas about how useful she is finding the Photo Enhancer:
“This is another “wow” feature from MyHeritage,” writes James Tanner in Genealogy’s Star. “All I can say is that it works on many photos and the results are amazing… It is hard to believe the difference. I have some of the advanced photo editing software that is presently available but I never thought that I could ‘fix’ an out-of-focus image.”
Lisa Louise Cooke from Genealogy Gems writes “Well, they’ve done it again! On the heels of the wonderful photo colorization tool, MyHeritage has launched Photo Enhancer. In just a few seconds sharpens blurry images. I’ve been using it (image below) and I think it’s even more exciting than colorizing photos!”
The Photo Enhancer, together with MyHeritage In Color, makes MyHeritage the best platform for uploading, enhancing, and sharing historical photos. It allows you to see your ancestors in an entirely new light: clearer, sharper, and more real than ever before.
Give it a try and tell us what you think!
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