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Topaz Labs Black Friday Sale 2018

Save BIG with Topaz Labs Black Friday Sale 2018!

Ends November 26, 2018 at midnight.

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Pro Pack

This is the last chance to get ahold of the Go Pro Bundle for 50% off your missing pro adjustments at an even steeper discount. Get the entire $634 worth of pro adjustments available for $250 through Cyber Monday. This is the last chance to take advantage of this awesome deal to save over 60% on the entire Pro Pack!

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AI Bundle

These are all brand new this year and are amazing! Artificial Intelligence does in seconds (and automatically) what takes several minutes (or more) in other software.

AI Clear does automatic noise reduction and sharpening.

AI Remix is an artists dream and I can’t really find words to describe it. Download it yourself for the free 30 day trial.

AI Gigapixel is a stand-alone image resizer and is especially helpful at enlarging images without losing details.

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Topaz Plug-Ins

Still prefer using the original plug-ins within Photoshop or Lightroom instead of using Topaz Studio? You can get them at 25% off!

The more popular ones like Texture Effects and Impression can now be accessed through Studio, but ReStyle (one of my faves for landscape photography), ReMask, Lens Effects, Star Effects and more still need to be used as plug-ins with Photoshop and Lightroom.

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Full disclosure: I am a Topaz Affiliate and will receive a small commission for sales generated through these links. It will not increase your cost of the products.

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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.

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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

 

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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.

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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!

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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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How to Photograph Waterfalls

Have you ever wondered how to photograph waterfalls so that you get that silky smooth water effect? It’s not as hard as you think! Here are a few simple tips:

Gooseberry Winter Lower Falls

Gooseberry Falls State Park, North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota

Gear Needed to Photograph Waterfalls

If you want to get that silky smooth water flowing effect, you’re going to need some gear:

  • Sturdy Tripod
  • Neutral Density Filters
  • Possibly a Polarizing Filter depending on your focal length and the scene you’re shooting.
  • Camera that can accept filters and can be set to manual to do long exposures.
  • Backpack or other means of getting your gear to the location.
  • Possibly ice cleats for your boots/shoes if you’re shooting in winter, like this particular shot.

Ideal Conditions to Photograph Waterfalls

The best weather conditions for shooting waterfalls is a calm overcast day. The rocks and surrounding areas are typically much darker than the whitewater that flows through the river channel, so sunny days can really blow out your whites and highlights. You also want calm winds since you’ll be doing long exposures and you don’t want the camera getting buffeted by the breeze. And of course, you want to shoot during a time of year when there is adequate water flowing, otherwise you’ll be left with a trickle (if anything) coming over the drop. Typically spring snow melt or after a rainfall are good times.

Gooseberry Upper Falls

How to Photograph Waterfalls

Once you’ve scouted a location and managed to get there, choose your composition and set up your tripod. Determine what aperture you want and keep it constant. Since you’re on a tripod, make sure your image stabilization is turned off. If you’re going after the silky smooth water look, you’ll want a relatively slow shutter speed, at least a few seconds long. Use a remote control to trip the shutter, or set a self timer so that you don’t move the camera when you press the shutter. I typically bracket my shots 2 stops of light apart until I’ve covered the dynamic range in the scene by keeping the aperture constant and changing ISO or shutter speed. You’ll be underexposing some shots to get details in the whitewater while overexposing others to get details in the surrounding rocks.

Post Processing

This particular shot was actually four different exposures that were then blended together using HDR (High Dynamic Range) software in Adobe Lightroom. There are other HDR programs out there, but Lightroom or Photoshop are the ones that I use. Once you’ve got your HDR, process to taste as usual.

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Four shots blended to create a HDR image.

This is what my image looked like after blending the four exposures together, but I wanted to add some color to give it a little more pizzazz. There are lots of ways to do that, but the fastest and easiest for me is to use Topaz Restyle plug-in. That program has more presets than I’ve counted, and you also have complete control to customize those presets and even change blending modes. It’s also non-destructive, so play around with as many different edits as you like. The options are endless! For this image, I used “Blue Gray Shade” and adjusted opacity as well as a few other tweaks to get my final result:

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Final Result after adjusting color palette in Topaz Restyle

I hope you learned a few helpful tips – now go out and give it a try yourself!

 

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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 Texture Effects 2 Update Sale!

Topaz Texture Effects has been one of my favorite photo processing software products ever since it was first introduced by Topaz Labs in November 2015. I am thrilled to pieces that they have already come out with a major upgrade in Texture Effects 2 to make what was already an awesome product even better!

Topaz Labs Texture Effects 2

Here are a few of the updates:

Topaz Texture Effects 2

Features:

  • Texture Effects 2 comes with even more high resolution presets than the original product, including new ones from Hazel Meredith and 2 Lil Owls.
  • You can now upload png files with transparent backgrounds to add your own custom borders, dust and scratches, light leaks, etc.
  • You can browse the Topaz Community and download presets that others have made to share with the public.
  • You can upload your own custom presets to share with the public.
  • You can edit your adjustments with a new enhancements feature.
  • There is now a copy and paste function for further editing and refining your images.
  • Unlimited undo and redo so you can experiment with different looks before committing to changes.
  • There are literally hundreds of presets that come with the program. Everything from vintage looks, grunge, color washes, light leaks, water droplets, bokeh, borders, etc.
  • Effects can be applied with different blending modes to give even more options.
  • Masking ability within the program.

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Before and After

Compatibility:

Texture Effects 2 works as a stand alone program as well as a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom 4+, Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop CS4+, Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12+, Paintshop Pro X 6+, Serif PhotoPlus X5, and photoFXlab. It is NOT compatible with Fusion Express.

System Requirements:

Texture Effects 2 requires

Mac OSX 10.9+
Windows 7/8/10 x 64bit + OpenGL 3.3
*Does not support Windows 32bit

 

Texture Effects 2 Sale:

Texture Effects 2 is already a steal at it’s regular price of $69.99, but you can Save $10 and get it for only $59.99 through October 30th by using this coupon code: TFX2

If you already own the earlier version of Texture Effects, upgrading to the new program is FREE!

Not sure? Topaz Labs offers a free 30 day trial on all of their software products, so take it for a test drive 🙂

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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!

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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.

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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!