Topaz Labs have an excellent set of plug-ins to use with both Photoshop and Lightroom… and I am building up my collection slowly.
For this particular tutorial I thought I would combine two plug-ins that I use frequently – Topaz Texture Effects and Topaz Adjust – on a single image and show you how easy it is to use multiple plug-ins as layers in Photoshop as well as altering preinstalled effects.
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As my workflow starts out in Lightroom I did a few minor edits to my original image. And as I knew I would be doing a couple of different edits to the image, so instead of Lightroom creating multiple files for my edits, I decided to send my image to Photoshop so that I could work on my different edits as layers.
In Photoshop, I duplicated the background layer by using Control+J as I don’t work on the background layer and I like to do my edits non-destructively.
My first task on my duplicate layer was to rename that layer to Topaz Texture Effects. I then selected Filter ► Topaz Labs ► Topaz Texture Effects. This opened my duplicated layer in Topaz Texture Effects. I selected the Peeling Paint Effect. This is how I quickly add Peeling Paint Texture to my images.
The versatility of Topaz Texture Effects is brilliant, you can create your own effect or use an effect you have previously saved; use an effect that is already installed or an effect that you have downloaded from the Topaz Community… You can use an effect you have saved, a preinstalled effect, or one downloaded from the Community by clicking on the effect. A 3 lined icon will appear once you click on that effect. That three lined icon gives you the opportunity to change settings, amend the textures used or add extras to that particular effect to make it your own. And any changes you have made to a particular effect you can save as a new effect for future use!
Once you have clicked on that 3 lined icon you will be taken to a panel which shows you what elements have been applied to that particular effect and what textures, light leaks, etc. have been used.
For this particular photograph, I wanted to change the colour of the Vignette so I clicked on the Colour which bought up a colours palette. From there I clicked on Pick Screen Colour and choose a colour from the image… I then played around the sliders to change the strength size and roundness of the vignette.
My next task was to play around with the sliders in the Basic Adjustment Layer. I knew I didn’t want to do much to this Layer… basically, I wanted to keep the effect as close to the original settings as possible.
I then selected the Texture Layer and I liked the texture of this effect so I just played around with the Brightness levels and no other settings.
I then selected the Light Leak Layer and played around with the sliders leaving the actual light leak as the original one selected by the effect. Again I didn’t change much with regards to the settings… as I liked the effect it was giving my image.
I then added my own adjustment with a Colour Overlay. I clicked on the colour and again using the Pick Screen Colour I picked a colour from the image… as I only wanted this colour to affect a certain part of my image, I selected the Spot Luminosity Mask, inverted the mask and increased the size and the colour range.
When I was happy with my edits I then clicked OK and Topaz Texture Effects saved my effects and automatically applied my edits to my duplicated layer that I had previously renamed Topaz Texture Effects.
This is the image after adding Topaz Texture Effects and the image I would use when using Topaz Adjust.
I then duplicated this Layer in Photoshop and named my new layer Topaz Adjust and then went to Filter ► Topaz Labs ► Topaz Adjust, which opened up Topaz Adjust and I then selected an effect called Blue.
Again, I played around with the effect sliders and once I was happy with my edits, I clicked OK and Topaz Adjust automatically applied my edits to the Photoshop Layer that I had called Topaz Adjust.
Quick Tip: Say, for instance, you saved your Topaz Adjust edits and then found you didn’t like them. Don’t panic! Hide your Topaz Adjust Layer and go back to your Texture Effects Layer, duplicate it again, rename it Topaz Adjust – re-edit and then go to Filter ► Topaz Labs ► Topaz Adjust and start again!
For my re-edit, I used an effect called French Countryside and played around with the sliders of that effect and then when happy saved the effect by clicking OK which automatically imported my edit back into Photoshop on the layer I had just renamed.
This is my final image using the French Countryside effect and Texture Effects:
You can play around with your image as many times as you like… And if after all your edits you don’t like your original Texture Effects edits, then again no problem, just go back to your background layer, duplicate that layer, and start again in Topaz Texture Effects.
If you are a Photoshop user you can continue editing your image whilst in Photoshop, but as I am primarily a Lightroom user I prefer to do my final edits in Lightroom.
The Topaz Labs plug-ins work hand in hand with each other; they are easy to use, versatile and should you do any edits to a particular effect you can save your edits as a new effect which enables you to use this particular effect in the future on another image. Along with the added bonus of being able to use a layer masks in Photoshop you can easily apply your Topaz edits to certain parts of your image should you wish to do so.
These are my final edits and I hope this tutorial has helped you in using multiple Topaz plug-ins to your image!
About Bren Ryan
Bren Ryan is a middle aged wife, mother, and amateur photographer living in the South East of England in the United Kingdom. She is also the female half of RyanPhotography; a husband and wife duo who specialise in Landscape, Floral, and Architecture Photography. Photography for Bren is not just a hobby, it is a passion and there is nothing better than processing an image and playing around with image software and taking a photograph to a whole new dimension!