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Welcome to AI Upscaling of Housepets! This topic is dedicated to the usage of AI Upscaling on Rick Griffin's original art, to give it the attention it deserves! What is AI Upscaling I hear you ask? Read on and find out!

It all started when I came across a beautiful panel of Grape and Max in one of the comics. So I took the time to clean it up and get the following frame:

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Neat, huh? But I thought it was a shame that the resolution was so low. In a perfect world, Rick Griffin would publish all the comics in the original quality with and without speech bubbles so that we could see the art the way it deserves to be seen (If Rick actually does this, let me know!)

So, I turned to the next best answer: AI upscaling! With the modern technology of today, we can use AI (Artificial Intelligence) to increase the quality of images by basically having a computer "guess" what the image would look like if it was in a higher resolution. By looking around the internet, I found the following website for upscaling of anime-style images for free called Waifu2x.
On the website, I chose the image file I wanted to upscale, I put the "style" setting to "artwork" and the "upscaling" to "2x". Then I clicked "convert". This opened a new tab with the new image. I was completely mind-blown. I stared at the screen for a solid 15 seconds. I copied the image, pasted it in my image editing software (paint.net) and polished it a bit. This is the result:

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Pretty amazing, don't you think? Of course, I didn't stop there! I went ahead and scaled it up one more time. Here is a handy comparison of the different sizes:

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I don't know about you, but I'm impressed, it's like magic(k)! If you have a favorite panel that you want to upgrade, now you know what to do! So, in this topic you will find Rick's art in increased resolution! I write tags under each image in tiny letters so you can find the images featuring your favorite characters by using the "search" feature in your browser.

I have also created a public Google Drive folder with all the upscaled images that appear in this topic. All the images are in the main folder and I'm trying to make additional folders for each character with shortcuts to the images they appear in, so that you can easily look up your favorites, but Google is not currently supporting that. In the not-so-distant future it's gonna work like a dream, don't worry!
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Thanks for sharing this site! I've been looking for a good upscaling AI for a while, the best result I've found was some fancy scientific neural network that required a whole bunch of custom software to run.

Here's one of my favorite pics of Tarot, upscaled 2 and 4 times (won't post em here cuz they're big). Super impressive :D

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Nathan Kerbonaut wrote:Here's one of my favorite pics of Tarot, upscaled 2 and 4 times (won't post em here cuz they're big). Super impressive :D
If there's anywhere you should post these images, it's here!
Here is the cutest valentine of 2010 upscaled and glorious:

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I can't get over how amazing this technology is. You could literally only dream of these things 10 years ago.



Say hi to Tiger and Friends! Orginal quality to the left and 2x upscaling to the right.

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Tiger Marvin

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Next up: Marion and Lois, Valentines 2020 edition!

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Precognition chess!

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Thanks a lot for this great and useful website, the results are neat! :D
Very nice results with Houepsets! comic draws. :) Anyway, for the Valentine cards there's no need, since here there are all of them in higher resolution. ;)
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Cesco wrote:Thanks a lot for this great and useful website, the results are neat! :D
Very nice results with Houepsets! comic draws. :) Anyway, for the Valentine cards there's no need, since here there are all of them in higher resolution. ;)
Well, if you want a poster-sized valentines card, then you can upscale those high-quality images a couple of times!



Anyway, here's a pretty frame of our favorite gryphon!

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Pete

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Now let's give Bino some appreciation:

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Bino Sasha

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Bino Maxwell

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Back to Pete, upscaled 2x, because he's beautiful!

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Yes, Pete is snoring in his thoughts, cuz that's the kind of thing he'd do ironically.
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You did a very nice job with all of these! I hope that you can post more!
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Amazee Dayzee wrote:You did a very nice job with all of these! I hope that you can post more!
You got it! Give it up for Dragon and Satau!

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Dragon is so sassy. I love it.

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Dragon

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Fido and Sabrina are, like, our next favourite couple, right? Here they are!

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Very nice job on the group that you just did! Keep it up!
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Amazee Dayzee wrote:Very nice job on the group that you just did! Keep it up!
I serve the people! Here is King drowning in human frustration:

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And Sasha, the source of King's frustration:

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Sasha

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Sometimes I wanna say ACAB, but then I see these good boys:

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Fido Kevin Fox

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Enough dogs, here's our favorite androgynous feline couple!

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Fiddler Keys

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And our favorite singular androgynous feline:

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Grape

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Nice job on these also! They definitely came out wonderful!
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Amazee Dayzee wrote:Nice job on these also! They definitely came out wonderful!
Thank!


SABRINA!!!1!!! DIDJA PUT YA NAME IN THE GOBLET OF FIYAA?!?!

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Here's a big one! Print it out and hang it in your room!

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It's really creeping me out that the higher quality image looks darker than the low-res, but I have checked and double-checked that they are the exact same color...

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Now Sabrina and Tarot:

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As I said before you are doing wonderful work! I am glad that I can see more of this!
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Amazee Dayzee wrote:As I said before you are doing wonderful work! I am glad that I can see more of this!
It's not gonna stop anytime soon!

Here are our glorious Security guards! I'm especially proud of this one since I had to edit out Mile's speech bubble.

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Really wonderful job on this! It is weird to see Poncho look so cocky back then because now he seems to be slightly more level headed.
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Amazee Dayzee wrote:Really wonderful job on this! It is weird to see Poncho look so cocky back then because now he seems to be slightly more level headed.
Yeah he isn't much older than the Mile's cubs so I guess he did go through some maturity as time goes by.



Here's Tiger and Marvin again!

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Tiger Marvin

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And here is King to illustrate how I feel rn:

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Really wonderful job on these new frames! Please keep up the good work!
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Thank you!

Let's give some love to wolf love:

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That really also came out totally nice! Very astounding job there! Though I have to say I like Miles without his glasses. :ugeek:
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Amazee Dayzee wrote:That really also came out totally nice! Very astounding job there! Though I have to say I like Miles without his glasses. :ugeek:
Miles: intellectual in the streets :geek: , sexy wolf in the sheets 8-)


Say hi to our one true pairing!

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The two of them really do look so cute and have a lot of chemistry together especially in that frame of the comic!
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Amazee Dayzee wrote:The two of them really do look so cute and have a lot of chemistry together especially in that frame of the comic!
Yeah, no wonder people love King, his character development is like nothing else in the comic.



Here is the Grape and Satau special edition! They looked so cute in all these frames that I took all of them. This is Rick's artstyle that I miss the most...

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Satau Grape

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Satau Grape

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Satau Grape

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Satau Grape

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Really great job on these once again! I wonder if Grape has ever been with Mungo and it's just been them?
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Amazee Dayzee wrote:Really great job on these once again! I wonder if Grape has ever been with Mungo and it's just been them?
She would definitely want to!


Remember the cool image of the Milton security guards? Turns out Rick posted an even bigger original version of it on the official Facebook account. It's a whopping 1713x1270 pixels!

BUT if you zoom in, you'll see that it is terribly noisy. Here is a close up of four-finger-handsome Jack:

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How do we fix this? Don't despair! Waifu2x can still save us! Waifu2x has a noise reduction feature so that you can remove noise from artwork without increasing the size. If I select the noisy image, I can set the noise reduction to "highest" and upscaling to "none". This is the result:

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Rodney Poncho Miles Daryl Jack Deadeye Other Daryl

Here is a before and after:

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Now it's truly a poster worthy image!



Here is King again because he's the best:

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King

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I'm pretty proud of this one because I had to reconstruct a third of Mungo's left ear because of a speech bubble 8-)

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Mungo

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Fox is definitely gay for Mungo :lol: Here's only the upscaled version because this one's so big

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Mungo Fox

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Really like how you made all of these came out! However I still have to say I am hoping Fox and Mungo AREN'T gay. Because I wanna ship them with my female characters. 8-)
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Amazee Dayzee wrote:Really like how you made all of these came out! However I still have to say I am hoping Fox and Mungo AREN'T gay. Because I wanna ship them with my female characters. 8-)
Yeah I kinda want Fox to realize he's a closeted cat-lover...


Housepets gay edition! Starting with Bruce and Roosy :D

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Roosevelt Bruce

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Roosevelt Bruce

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This might be my favorite frame so far:

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Keene Breel

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Continuing the LGBTQ trend: Housepets! gender dysphoria edition: :lol:

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Marion

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Marion

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Marion

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Marion

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Fox is definitely straight for Sasha:

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Fox Sasha

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King Miles

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Tiger being self-centered as usual:

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Zach Tiger

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Lois Marion

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That was a big update, enjoy!
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Love that you are still doing these! They are very awesome!
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Ok this one is huge! You'll have to open it in a new tab to get the actual size.

2x upscaled:
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Now the next one here is a masterpiece. Miles and Lana aren't actually sipping in the same panel, so I had to pull all the stops in paint.net to patch them together like this 8-) not to toot my own horn or anything...

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Miles Lana

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Here are the upscaled panels from "No Need to be Short"

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King Sasha
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King Sasha
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Needless to say, the difference is impressive!

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They really did come out really nice and clear indeed! Keep up the good work!
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They did indeed … and I still like Fox and Sasha as a couple over Sasha and Kevin.

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The only thing better than blushy King is blushy King in HD :D

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Maybe the only thing better than that would be red-faced King in HD. XD
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Careful what you wish for!

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Here's a smol one of Mr The Wolf for a change:

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Miles

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I'm like 100% sure that Miles is the teacher that everyone crushes on

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I think I am finally starting to come around to Miles with glasses. :mrgreen:
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Here's to celebrate the end of the arc! Source 1. Source 2

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This gave me a funny idea...
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I'm wondering if King might end up developing a man crush on Kevin based on that blushing.
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Amazee Dayzee wrote:I'm wondering if King might end up developing a man crush on Kevin based on that blushing.
Maybe all the dogs have a crush on Kevin the same way they have a crush on Sasha :shock:
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KEVIN WHAT ARE YOU DOING THAT'S A MARRIED WOMAN
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I can just hear the heads of the Kingley shippers exploding.
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BAILEY WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS THINK ABOUT KING AND THE CHILDREN
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Somehow I think that Sailey would have MUCH more shippers than either Baivin or Kingley. XD
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