Cupscale Tutorial

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Cupscale

Cupscale is a GUI made by NMKD with the intention of making ESRGAN upscaling more accessible. It has many features such as model interpolation, model chaining, instant previews, easy image comparison generation, and many more.

The GitHub page with info is here: https://github.com/n00mkrad/cupscale

Basic Tutorial

This tutorial is designed for version 1.38, but it may work for future versions. This only covers the basics, and will be updated later to include it's more advanced features.

To begin using Cupscale, follow these steps:

  1. Download it here: https://github.com/n00mkrad/cupscale/releases
  2. Extract the folder to any location you like. Do not put it in Program Files
  3. Run Cupscale.exe
  4. You may need to install prerequisites (required to run the program). Read Below for more information
  5. Specify a models path in Cupscale's settings.
  6. Download models from the Game Upscale Wiki or Discord Server and place them in that folder

Prerequisite Setup

You have the option of Embedded Python, which comes with all of them, or installing them separately. Embedded Python does *not* work on RTX 20/30 series cards.

To install Embedded Python, go to the icon to the left of the settings/gear icon (it looks like a checklist). Click Embedded Python Installer on the left, then press Install.

[No instructions on manual Python installation at this time]

Upscaling Information

Images

To uspcale images:

  1. Drag in or open the image you'd like to upscale
  2. Select the model you'd like to use on the left side under "Model 1:"
  3. To see what it'll look like, you can press either "Refresh Preview" button in the bottom right
  4. If you like the results, you can save it with the button in the bottom right (Upscale and Save) or you can copy a comparison with the box underneath the model selection.

Batch Upscale

To Batch Upscale Images (No Video Support for Batch)

  1. Select the Batch Upscale tab at the top
  2. Drag in your images
  3. Select the model you'd like to use on the left side under "Model 1:"
  4. Press Upscale and Save in the botton right. Using the preview buttons in this mode will break Cupscale and require you to re-open the program

Videos

To upscale videos:

  1. Select the Upscale Videos tab at the top
  2. Drag in or open your video file
  3. Select the model on the left side under "Model 1:"
  4. Press Upscale and Save in the bottom right. Using the preview buttons in this mode will break Cupscale and require you to re-open the program