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Topaz Studio Free Photo Editing Program

Do you need a professional photo editing program that can handle RAW files, but don’t want to spend the cash on Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom? You may want to consider a brand new program just introduced by Topaz Labs called Topaz Studio.

Topaz Studio

Topaz Studio

Topaz Studio is a FREE download for either Windows or Mac users and works as a stand alone program or as a plug-in with Photoshop or Lightroom. It comes with the following 10 adjustments, tools, and effects included:

There are also currently 14 different “Pro” adjustments that can be purchased as add-ons. You can buy only the ones that you want, or get the entire Pro collection on sale for only $99.99 until June 30, 2017 (regularly $274.86).

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Straight out of camera

 

Topaz Studio Radiance and Smudge
Edit with Topaz Studio Radiance and Smudge

The Pro adjustments include:

As with all Topaz Labs products, you can try before you buy with a 30 day grace period. If you choose to take advantage of the hugely discounted introductory price, use code “STUDIO” by June 30, 2017 to get all 24 assets, tools, and pro adjustments for only $99.99.

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Topaz Labs Spring Sale

Save 40% – Topaz Labs Spring Sale!

Topaz Spring Sale

Take advantage of the best pricing this year on the complete lineup of Topaz products, with 40% off the entire TopazLabs.com store until 4/16/17. Whether you want amazing photo effects or technically perfect images, Topaz helps you create the looks you love faster than ever.

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Topaz Impression

What is the Collection?
With the recent addition of Topaz Texture Effects 2, Impression 2, and Glow 2, the Complete Collection includes all 17 plugin products, which individually would cost over $1000. We normally offer the Complete Collection at 50% off the price of buying the plugins individually. However, until the end of this sale you can take an additional 40% off the Collection and Collection upgrades.

Gooseberry Lower Falls HDR
Before
Gooseberry Lower Falls Winter Restyle
After using Topaz Restyle

What is a Collection upgrade?
If you’ve already purchased an individual product (or several products) from Topaz in the past, our system already discounts the collection upgrade price. As long as you’re signed into your account, you can get an additional 40% off your custom collection upgrade pricing through the end of the Spring sale. Whether you’re just starting or looking to expand your collection, there is never a better time to buy!

Painted Turtle Portrait
With Topaz Texture Effects

Ready to Purchase?

Use coupon code SPRING40 to take advantage of the Topaz Labs Spring Sale and save 40% on the Complete Collection or any individual program. Offer expires April 16, 2017.

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Topaz Labs Black Friday Sale

Topaz Labs Black Friday Sale

If you like Topaz Labs Photo Editing Software products but haven’t pulled the trigger to purchase yet, I’ve got some great news! Topaz Labs Black Friday Sale is already on and it’s a doozy!

From NOW through November 30th, Topaz is offering 50% off of the full Topaz Complete Collection!

 

Topaz Labs Black Friday Sale includes all 17 products and you can get the whole shebang for HALF OFF!

Take advantage of the best pricing of the year on the complete lineup of Topaz products, with 50% off the Complete Collection through the end of November. Whether you want amazing photo effects or technically perfect images, Topaz helps you create the looks you love faster than ever.

What’s in the Topaz Complete Collection?

The Complete Collection includes:

  1. Topaz Adjust
  2. Topaz Black & White Effects
  3. Topaz Clarity
  4. Topaz Clean
  5. Topaz DeJPEG
  6. Topaz DeNoise
  7. Topaz Detail
  8. Topaz Glow
  9. Topaz Impression
  10. Topaz InFocus
  11. Topaz Lens Effects
  12. Topaz photoFXLab
  13. Topaz ReMask
  14. Topaz ReStyle
  15. Topaz Simplify
  16. Topaz Star Effects
  17. Topaz Texture Effects

*Note that this discount does not apply to individual plugin purchases, which are sold at full price.
If you’ve already purchased an individual product (or several products) from Topaz in the past, their system already discounts the collection upgrade price. As long as you’re signed into your account, you can get an additional 50% off your custom collection upgrade pricing through the end of November. Whether you’re just starting or looking to expand your collection, there has never a better time to buy!

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Ready to Purchase?

Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY16 at checkout between NOW – November 30, 2016.

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Topaz Texture Effects 2 Features

If you’re looking for an easy to use right out of the box photo editing software program, look no further than Topaz Labs! Topaz Labs now has 17 different products that enhance photo images easily and seamlessly with Photoshop or Lightroom. In the case of their newer products like Texture Effects 2, they also work as stand alone programs! Check out these Topaz Texture Effects 2 features:

Topaz Texture Effects 2 Features

I’ve already listed the major features of Topaz Texture Effects in earlier posts, but sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words – Especially for visual artists such as photographers. So here is a brief look:

Here are a few of my own images, including some double exposures:

Rock of Ages Lighthouse Antique

Rock of Ages, Isle Royale National Park

Grand Sable Dunes

Grand Sable Dunes, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Antique Tepee

Tepee, Blue Mounds State Park

Sandhill Cranes & Moon

Double Exposure of Sandhill Cranes & Moon

Topaz Texture Effects 2 Intro Tutorial

For a more in depth look at how the program works in real life, John Barclay did a 40+ minute tutorial that you can watch here:

This program is a TON of fun and if you already own Texture Effects, the upgrade to Texture Effects 2 is FREE!

Check it out with a 30 day free trial.

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Topaz Labs Glow 2

If you like to get creative with your photography post-processing, I’ve got some exciting news! Topaz Labs Glow 2 has been announced and because you’re one of my faithful readers, you’re among the first to know! Furthermore, you’ll be able to score a copy of the software at a 30% discount until September 2, 2016!

Topaz Labs Glow 2 Cat

So, what does Topaz Labs Glow 2 do?

Topaz Glow introduces a unique kind of tool into your photo processing workflow designed to electrify your imagination by illuminating the contours of your images to reveal the hidden details in each image you capture. Glow 2 gives you the power to create stunning neon effects, or subtle ethereal glow. No matter the look you love, amplify your images faster than ever with Glow 2.

It can be over the top…

Topaz Labs Glow 2 Car

or add a subtle boost of color and contours…

Topaz Labs Glow 2 Flower

Topaz Labs Glow 2

The updated version to the original Glow includes some new features:

  • Over 30 New Presets – That brings the total to over 100 included effects to amplify your images or give you a boost creating a personal look you love. You can also create your own presets!
  • New Masking Module -You no longer need a host editor like Photoshop to create masks on your images! Now, you can open Glow 2 and mask areas of your image directly from the application using luminosity, color selection, a spot mask, or a traditional brush mask, and yes it’s color aware 🙂
  • Unlimited Undo/Redo – That’s right! As long as you don’t close the program you can now undo or redo to your hearts content (as far as your system memory will allow).
  • Topaz Community Integration – Topaz Glow 2 is the 3rd of our products to include the Topaz Community (the others are Texture Effects and Impression 2), an easy way for users to search save and share custom made presets with other Glow 2 users around the world. Surf an ocean of hand crafted presets, then download and apply with a click. Or share your custom presets for other users to try.
  • Automatic Preset Backup – as long as you’re signed into your account when you save a preset, that preset will be privately uploaded to the community then synced on any other machine you sign into.

System Requirements for Topaz Labs Glow 2

There have been some compatibility changes to the program as well. Glow 2 requires Windows 7+, Mac OSX 10.9+, and a GPU with OpenGL 3.3 or higher. (this replaces the older requirement for OpenGL 2.1.

As always, Topaz Labs offers FREE 30 day trials for all of their software products, so give it a try and see how you like it if you’re not sure already. Also as always, if you already own Glow, then the upgrade to Topaz Labs Glow 2 is FREE 🙂

Ready to purchase Topaz Labs Glow 2 and save some cash? Just use coupon code GLOW2 to get the discounted price of $48.99 (regular price is $69.99) ’til September 2, 2016!

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Major Update – Topaz Impression 2

If you like creating photographic images with painterly effects, then you’ve probably used (or at least heard about) the Topaz Labs Impression plug-in.  Impression is a software product that allows you to easily create a variety of realistic painting effects quickly and effortlessly. Are you ready for some great news? Topaz has just released a major update to the software and we now have Topaz Impression 2!

Topaz Labs Impression 2
Before & After using Topaz Impression 2

Are you ready for some even better news? If you already own the original version of Impression, you can get a FREE upgrade. If you want to snatch it up, you can save 40% off the full price until July 7, 2016!

Topaz Impression 2

So, what’s new with Topaz Impression 2?

A lot!

This is a major update gives you more powerful processing with a completely redesigned framework and the following additional features:

• 30+ New effects – Impression 2 now comes with over 140 effects!
• Larger Brush Panel – no more squinting to find the brush you need.
• Masking – Impression 2 now includes masking within the application! Using a brush, color range, luminosity range, or spot masking, the masking panel even includes a color aware tool.
• Topaz Community – now you can share your created effects with the other users of Impression 2 with a click of a button, similar to Texture Effects. Not seeing an effect you like? Browse the Topaz Community to surf an ocean of custom user made effects. You’ll also be able to upload your own custom made effects for other users to download, if you wish.
• New brush customization options:
– “Number of strokes” options to change the number of strokes applied to the image.
– “Large Brush Volume” that adjust paint volume in large areas of color to help focus on the details.
– “Stroke “Rotation Variation” to add randomness to your effect strokes.
• Highlight and Shadow control in the lighting menu.
• Support for High DPI (4k) monitors in Windows 7/8/10
…and much more.

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New System Requirements

With all of these improvements, your computer will need to be able to do some heavy lifting! There have been some compatibility changes to the program as well. Impression 2 requires Windows 7+, Mac OSX 10.9+, and a GPU with OpenGL 3.3 or higher.

Changes from Impression v1: the Mac OS requirement is now 10.9+, And OpenGL is now 3.3+

Topaz Impression 2 works as stand alone software or can be used as a plug-in to Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop products.

Topaz Labs Impression 2
Before & After using Topaz Impression 2

Save 40% While It’s On Sale

If you’d like to take advantage of the discounted price of only $59.99 (regularly $99.99), use coupon code 2IMPRESS  – valid until July 7, 2016. As always, you can download the software and take it for a FREE 30 day test spin to see if you like it before you plunk down your hard earned cash 😉

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Topaz Labs Spring Into Summer Sale

If you follow my blog, you know I’m a big fan of Topaz Labs photo processing software. If you’d like to pick up their awesome collection yourself, here’s some really great news: you can get all 17 software plug-ins for 40% off during their Spring Into Summer Sale!

That’s a savings of $200 off the regular price thru May 22 – and Topaz upgrades are always free for as long as you own the program. Want to try before you buy? They offer a FREE 30 day trial on all of their products 🙂

Here’s what’s included:

Adjust – add vivid color and dramatic contrast to your images.

Black & White Effects – several variations to convert your images to monotones.

Clarity – amazing control of adding clarity without the artifacts you get in other programs.

Clean – create smoothness while keeping texture and detail – great for skin!

Dejpeg – eliminate compression artifacts from jpg images.

Denoise – state of the art noise reduction software – great for high ISO images.

Detail – independently control small, medium, and large details.

Glow – add electrifying light to your images.

Impression – turn photos into paintings.

InFocus – you may be able to rescue blurred photos caused by motion blur.

Lens Effects – like using filters on your camera after the fact to create fog, haze, graduated color, blur, etc.

PhotoFX Lab – stand alone software that allows you to create a variety of effects quickly and easily.

Remask – my favorite tool for masking and compositing!

Restyle – apply different color palettes to transform your images.

Simplify – selectively remove image details to create painterly or art effects.

Star Effects – create natural looking lighting effects.

Texture Effects – possibly my absolute favorite, add grunge or subtle textures, double exposures, and more!

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Topaz DeNoise 6 Update

Just a quick note to let you know there is a new update to Topaz DeNoise photo editing software available Thursday, Feb 25 and it’s got some great new features!

Fence Before & After DeNoise
Fence Before & After DeNoise

Topaz DeNoise 6

Specializing in extremely noisy high ISO images, DeNoise removes distracting image noise while preserving image detail, giving you the image you wanted without the noise you don’t. Major features introduced in Topaz DeNoise 6 include:

• Standalone Application – DeNoise 6 now works as a standalone product and doesn’t require a host editor to work. Although it can still be used as a plugin through Photoshop, Lightroom, and other supported host programs.
• Camera Specific Presets – DeNoise 6 introduces dozens of presets based on various camera profiles, with multiple ISO presets for each camera.
• Batch Processing (in standalone mode only) – DeNoise 6 introduces batch processing, allowing you to process a whole folder of images at once. That means no more need for Photoshop actions or Lightroom Presets! Note that batch processing is only available in the standalone version, not the plugin version.
• Support for High DPI (4k) monitors in Windows 7/8/10

Bottles Before & After DeNoise
Bottles Before & After DeNoise

With Topaz DeNoise 6, you can shoot anywhere in any light and still get crisp, clear and noise-free images 🙂

As always, those who already own Topaz DeNoise can get this brand new update for FREE!

If you’d like to get Topaz DeNoise 6, it will be on sale for only $49.99 (regularly $79.99) from February 25th – March 20th with coupon code “NOISEFREE” – that’s $30 off!! Get Topaz DeNoise 6 now and start getting the images you want without the noise you don’t!

 

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Topaz Texture Effects Basic Tour

If you follow my blog at all, you know that I’m a HUGE fan of Topaz Labs photo editing products. While most photo editing software plug-ins need to work within Photoshop or Lightroom, Topaz Texture Effects works as a plug-in as well as a stand alone program. I personally find their software very easy to use, but there are plenty of free tutorials available on YouTube if you need a little help or would like to get some tips and tricks that may not be as obvious. For example, check out this video tutorial of Topaz Texture Effects basic tour by Mark Johnson:

Mark goes through all of the different layer adjustment options:

  • Basic Adjustment
  • Split Tone
  • Texture
  • Borders
  • Vignette
  • Light Leak
  • Edge Exposure
  • Edge Blur
  • Dust and Scratches
  • Diffusion
  • Film Grain
  • Posterize
  • Double Exposure
  • Color Overlay

Import Your Own Textures

The cool thing is – you don’t have to settle for one of the 275+ assets that come pre-loaded with the software; you can upload your own assets and use them within the program as well. Mark shows you just how simple it is.

Share With the Online Community

Furthermore, there is an online community that you get instant access to within the program where you can download pre-sets that others have created! If you want to create your own pre-sets from scratch, you can do that too – and share them with the online community with a single click if you wish. Mark shows you how to do that, too.

Fully Customize Your Image

You can edit any layer in the preloaded pre-sets by deleting, changing, or adding different adjustment options to each image. You can add multiple layers of similar adjustments if you’d like; two different light leaks, for example. Since every adjustment comes with a layer mask, you can customize each layer by choosing what parts of the image you want to apply a particular effect to. You don’t even have to start with a pre-set; you can simply open an image in Texture Effects and edit from scratch like I did with this double exposure of Sandhill Cranes and the moon 🙂

Sandhill Cranes Moon Texture

Save $20 Thru January

Since Topaz Labs just updated Texture Effects by fixing some minor bugs and adding EVEN MORE textures and assets, they are offering $20 off the software through January 31, 2016! That means you get it for only $49.99 instead of a still bargain price of $69.99.

Rain Drops on Rose
Added “rain drops” to this rose using new “weather” texture in the latest Topaz Texture Effects update.

Like all Topaz Labs products, you can get a FREE 30 day trial on their software and any future updates are always FREE 🙂

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Save $20 on Topaz Texture Effects Thru January!

In case you’ve missed the previous sales, Topaz Texture Effects just had it’s first upgrade since inception a few months ago and they’re celebrating with a BIG SALE! Save $20 on Topaz Texture Effects through January 31, 2016! Regularly priced at $69.99, you can now snag it for only $49.99!

Great Horned Owl Silhouette Moon

I already wrote a post introducing the original program which includes a library of over 150 expertly crafted presets, 275+ high-resolution textures and effects, and instant access to effects other Topaz users have shared with the new Topaz Community, but now it’s even better 🙂

Trumpeter Swans in Flight

Original Photo

Trumpeter Swans Sun Rays

Edited in  Topaz Texture Effects

The update includes:

  • 42 NEW textures
  • 15 NEW effects
  • A whole new Weather category in the Texture Adjustment panel
  • Performance enhancements
Rain Drops on Rose
Added “rain drops” to this rose using new “weather” texture in the latest Topaz Texture Effects update.

All of this added to an already spectacular product that works as a stand alone photo editing program as well as a plug-in for Photoshop or Lightroom 🙂

I enjoy many of Topaz Labs photo editing software products, but they hit it out of the park with this one IMHO.

As with all Topaz products – try it free for 30 days. And unlike most of the competition, upgrades are FREE for life 🙂