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, Isle Royale National Park
Grand Sable Dunes, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Tepee, Blue Mounds State Park
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!
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!
Here are a few of the updates:
Topaz Texture Effects 2
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.
Before and After
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.
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 🙂
I was recently going through some old photos that I hadn’t gotten around to processing and found a batch from the North Shore of Lake Superior that I took last September when I was up shooting the Superior Fall Trail Races. After pulling an all nighter shooting the 100 milers running under the Aurora Borealis, I headed to Finland to catch the pre-dawn start of the 50 mile race. No time to nap – I headed down the hill to Tettagouche State Park to capture the sunrise. Tettagouche is a spectacular place (as are all of the North Shore state parks), but the lakeside cliffs in this area are big enough to boast some awesome rock climbing and are stunning to look at. Here are a few different edits of the same shot:
First up was the edit I did in black and white, but I just couldn’t get it to pop the way I wanted. I took it into Topaz Labs BW Effects 2 and went with one of the Quad Tone Redscale filters to get this effect.
Next I tried the same original image in Topaz Restyle. This is a fun program that focuses on using different color palettes and some of the presets are things that I’d never think of. It’s a great tool for experimenting with different colors and providing inspiration. This was my favorite of all the edits I tried in Restyle:
Another edit using Topaz Texture Effects. This is a new product that just came out at the end of last year and it’s one of my all time favorites! Can be used as a plug-in with Lightroom or Photoshop, or even as a stand alone program. I originally wrote about it here and again here. This was my favorite edit in Texture Effects:
A fourth edit using Nik Color Efex Pro 4. I like their split filters, especially the warm / cool sets, but this time I went with one of the violet / pink options:
I like all of them for different reasons and really can’t decide which I like best. Which edit is your favorite?
Now available in their own online texture gallery are several “unique to the North Woods” high resolution textures available for purchase!
High Resolution Textures
These textures are all from photos that I took myself on a DSLR of some of the resources that can be unique to the Upper Midwest region, such as:
Lake Superior shoreline
Lake Michigan beaches
tree bark from birch and other North Woods species
rock and stones
plants and grasses
snow and ice
All of the textures have been adjusted to 50% gray in Photoshop (you’re welcome) and can be applied to your images in Photoshop or uploaded in to your own assets library in Topaz Texture Effects.
How much do these unique high resolution textures cost?
Only $1 per single photo with a $5 minimum purchase.
That gives you a perpetual, non-exclusive license with significant freedoms and helps me cover costs associated with hosting the files on a proofing site, credit card processing / bank fees, file delivery, buying gas & groceries, paying the landlord, etc.
Who can use these high resolution textures?
You can use them for personal or commercial use.
Who retains copyright to any high resolution textures that I download from this site?
Do I need to provide attribution for any textures that I download from this site?
While a link back to this site is appreciated if you use one of my files to enhance your image, it is not required. Who the hell can remember where they downloaded all of their different textures from anyway? Let’s keep it simple.
Are there any restrictions on my use of textures that I download from this site?
Yes. You may not resell or redistribute any of my photos (duh), or allow the use of my photos on print-on-demand products. Simple. Other than that, you are granted a wide range of freedom to use the files in your projects and alter if desired.
Will the textures I download have watermarks?
No. The watermark that shows on the files in the proofing gallery will NOT be on the downloaded photo.
Is there a minimum order?
There is a $5 minimum at this time.
How do I get the files?
Just add the files you want to purchase to your shopping cart when you visit the texture gallery and you will get an email telling you how to access the download once your payment is processed. Please be sure to check your spam folder if you do not receive an email soon after completing your purchase (it will come from the proofing site, not from northwoodsphotos.com).
What format are the photos?
All the textures are high resolution jpg files at 300 dpi.
I will be adding more textures to the online gallery as time allows. If you have any other questions – feel free to ask! 🙂