Recover Faces & Select Faces

Clarity in facial features enhances an image’s communicative value. The Face Recovery filter recovers small or low resolution faces by generating a high quality version and blending it with the current face.

Face Recovery

When to Use

Low Resolution Faces

Use the Face Recovery filter on low resolution faces, even if it is large and takes up most of the image. Resolution is measured in pixels.

Low Resolution Face

Small Faces

Use the Face Recovery filter when the faces are small and far away from the camera. The model generates the best results when the face still has sufficient detail. See the full image and zoomed-in portion below.

Full Image
Zoomed in Portion

When Not to Use


Using the Face Recovery filter can over-process faces that are already high resolution. This causes a loss of detail and creates a “plastic” feeling because it is too smooth.


Out-of-Focus Faces

Do not use the filter for out-of-focus images. The lack of detail hinders accurate facial reconstruction and generates unrealistic artifacts.



Download the image below, open it in Topaz Photo AI, and follow along. Sample image

Step 1: Configure Autopilot Settings

Autopilot enables the Face Recovery filter by default if the resolution of the face is below 512 x 512 pixels. Follow these steps to tailor the Autopilot behavior according to your preferences.

The Face Detection menu controls:

  • Face Selection: Choose between All, Low Quality, Subject Only, or None.
  • Strength: Adjust the strength setting to control the intensity of the face generation.
  • Surrounding Parts: Specify areas adjacent to the face for a more comprehensive recovery.
Autopilot Configuration

Step 2: Modify Face Selection

Hover over the "Faces" text in the settings panel to view detected faces. A yellow box indicates a selected face, while a grey box indicates an unselected face.

To manually add low-confidence faces for recovery:

  1. Click the "Select" button in the Autopilot section or the Recover Faces filter.
  2. Open the "Select Faces" menu.
  3. Use the options to choose faces for recovery.
  4. Apply changes by clicking the Apply button.
Modify Selection

A light grey box that does not outline a face means the area did not pass the threshold for the model to confidently consider it a face. This will appear if the Face Recovery filter is turned on but no faces are detected. Click the box to select it if you disagree with the Autopilot detection.

Low Confidence Detection


Preserve Text