I’m taking a break from the normal recap, and reviewing one of our sponsor’s products. Topaz Studio is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine.
I’ve been around the block a few times. There was a point where I grabbed up every action for Photoshop. Then there was the phase where I wanted to do it all myself. That got old. Now, I’ve come back around and I’m looking at other imaging software.
Forget the Adobe Creative Cloud. It wasn’t meant for road warriors like us. It’s too problematic and Lightroom CC is simply too slow for my tastes.
Topaz Studio brings the Topaz software all together. Providing thumbnail previews, you can browse through the various effects.
What I Like
What I like about Topaz Studio is this… I can quickly preview various effects (left side of screen), select the one I want, and tweak it with the sliders (right side of screen.)
There are other programs out there that do that too. They give you a filter preview screen, but none have been as clean as this.
I also like that it has a healing brush, lens correction, masking and all your standard adjustments: color, contrast, sharpen, blur, etc. (too many to list.) It also supports layers.
Most of all, I don’t have to bumble around with the other Topaz plug-ins. They are all at my fingertips in Topaz Studio.
Who Is It For?
This is for any Topaz plug-in owner. And, it is great for the amateur photographer. Just look on the left, click on what you like, and then do a “save as…” For professionals, it works great as part of your workflow. I have it set up so I can open it from ACDSee. Ta-da!
I like the artistic touch. I’m not a huge fan of push-button photo art. Too often it looks too processed. However, I think it has its place. Take a look at both of these images. These are straight out of Topaz (SOOT… LOL).
The above is kind of cartoonish, but I could see where this sort of distortion could come in handy.
Below is the Impressionism preset results on the same image. I like it much better than the oil paint filter in Adobe Photoshop. For a push-button effect, given the right image you could have a neat pseudo painting.
Processing Photos as Photos
When processing photos as photos, the presets will speed the workflow too. Here’s the same image processed with the Basic Correction preset.
Black and White
The black and white presets are darn good. You can tweak them, but here’s one SOOT using Basic Black and White Preset in Topaz Studio…
I really enjoy Topaz Studio as well as all the plug-ins. There are 17 different plug-ins if you get them all. The cost anywhere from $29.99 up to $79.99. That’s okay if you want to just do a few things.
You can also trial them for free.
Oh, one more thing…
If you decide to purchase, and they come out with a new release. Well, check out their friendly upgrade policy. Unlike one company that charges you $120/year to use their software, or others who come out with an expensive upgrade annually, Topaz Labs wants your business for life.
P.S. Topaz Studio is actually free and comes with a few adjustments. It’s the plug-ins and additional adjustments that cost. Sorry, should have made that more clear, but if you visit their website it is all explained there.