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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.

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).

straight out of camera
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 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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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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Tettagouche Sunrise

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:

Tettagouche Sunrise

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.

Tettagouche Sunrise, Quad Tone Redscale
Tettagouche Sunrise Quad Tone Redscale

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:

Tettagouche Sunrise Pink Plums
Tettagouche Sunrise Topaz Restyle Pink Plums

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:

Tettagouche Sunrise Texture
Tettagouche Sunrise Texture Effects Dirty Sunset

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:

Tettagouche Sunrise Violet Pink
Tettagouche Sunrise Nik Violet Pink

I like all of them for different reasons and really can’t decide which I like best. Which edit is your favorite?

For larger views or to purchase, check them out in the Landscape Gallery.

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Inverting Images In Photoshop

As an outdoor photographer and digital artist, I find it fun to experiment with creative effects in post-processing. Here is a super easy and super fast way to completely transform a photograph by inverting images in Photoshop and then applying textures and colors in Topaz Texture Effects.

Here is an image of birch trees reflecting in a pond at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area near Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Not a bad image, but nothing that really makes my head turn, either.

Birch Reflection Straight Out of Camera
Straight Out of Camera

I tried a few other edits using different color palettes, but nothing really got my attention. Here is an edit using Topaz Restyle to make it more of a cooler tones “winter” look:

Topaz Restyle Frozen Landscape
Topaz Restyle Frozen Landscape

Another edit using Nik Color Efex Pro to give it a warmer look:

Warmer Edit
Warmer Edit

These edits were “OK” but nothing special.

Inverting Images

Then I tried inverting the original image in Photoshop. By inverting, I don’t mean flipping it upside down – I mean making it look more like a negative. Simply open the image in Photoshop and hit “Ctrl” “I” (command “I” on a Mac).

Inverted Image
Inverted Image

I then took the inverted image in to Topaz Texture Effects and added texture and a color overlay. This is surreal!

Inverted Birch Reflection
Inverted and edited with Topaz Texture Effects

It really is that easy! Complete transformation of a typical landscape photograph in about 5 minutes. While I like the looks I got with the other edits, inverting images in Photoshop gives this particular image a completely different and surreal look that really grabs my attention. With just a fast and simple trick. I don’t think this type of edit would work with every image, but for trees or forest scenes it seems to come out rather nicely. Give it a try and see what you think!

Happy inverting!