Better upscaling/upres in Lightroom and Camera Raw

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It would be great if a more powerful upscaling/upres algorithm was available for the cases where you want to export images to be used to print enlargements.

The reason why this should be in lightroom (and camera raw) is because there are significant interactions between demosaicing, denoising, sharpening and potentially with other transformations.

To provide a concrete example of what I mean by "more powerful algorithm": something similar to topaz ai gigapixel. 
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Carlo Alberto Ferraris

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Warren Heaton

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Have you tried Preserve Detail 2.0 intriduced in PS CC2018?

Sure, it means a round trip to PS and back but it’s pretty impressive.

https://www.photoshopessentials.com/b...
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I am currently using topaz so nope, I'm not using PD. Not having the function in lightroom defeats the point of working in lightroom and, as I mentioned above, it misses on the opportunity of constructively interacting with the other stages of the pipeline.
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When you find that you need to upsample an image, at what point of the workflow do you do it?
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Normally at the end, after I have made all transformations and can decide whether I want this as an enlargement or not. So at this point I only have two options: I can upscale the result (but again, this upscaling at the end depends on the various demosaic/denoise/sharpen transforms that happened in lightroom, with no chance to interact contructively with them), or I can go back to the original raw, upscale that and reimport the upscaled version, and attempt to reapply the other transformations to the upscaled version (something that is not guaranteed to yield the same result...)

Even assuming it can be done at all, it's a time sink and it's pretty annoying - at least compared to an option during export that instructs lightroom to upscale on demand.