One of the reasons we’ve been so quiet over the past few months is that we were busy working on a new and quite substantial upgrade to Topaz Detail, available for free at the webpage. Behold!

This new user interface is a major step up from the Topaz Detail 1 user interface. Not only does it look prettier, it’s also more stable and features a more intuitive workflow. Instead of having each preset sport a preview, we chose to display a single preset preview window that changes as you hover over each preset. We moved all the parameters into collapsable tabs to the right panel, which itself is also collapsible. Detail 2 also has a bunch of keyboard shortcuts for anyone else who hates clicking around as much as I do. In short, we completely revamped the user interface according to the much appreciated copious customer feedback we received, and (hopefully) made it better to look at and easier to use.

The biggie, though, is that the pre-processing speed is cut into 1/3 of the original Detail! Try it out for yourself, it’s extremely fast now compared to before.

Please let us know what you think about the new upgrade. As always we highly value your opinion, not least because we get many of our product improvement ideas directly from your suggestions!

This post was originally posted on February 2, 2009

I am a firm believer in the value of outside perspectives. When anyone works on anything for a long time, he (she) will often develop biases, rooted beliefs, and blind spots that outsiders are not burdened with. For example, in using Topaz Adjust for so long, I have a very set way of doing things with it. I may not know exactly what a complete beginner thinks about seeing the multiple tabs and sliders. Or I may get my world completely rocked when someone else comes along and opens my eyes by pushing the product even further and for way better images than I could hope to achieve. (FYI, this last has already happened multiple times.) When only one perspective is writing all the material and instruction, there may be potential missed value. So with this stimulating philosophical nugget in mind…

If you are a photographer or other artist who uses Topaz software a lot, we’d like to hear from you to possibly arrange a guest article. We will then spread it among our readers, friends, followers, and subscribers, who will find your fresh perspective infinitely more engaging than just another cookie-cutter tutorial that we may offer. This is especially true if you use Topaz software in a novel way. Possible topics include:

  • Your nice workflow for integrating multiple Topaz filters with Photoshop/Lightroom/whatever
  • A cool Topaz technique that you picked up that blows everyone away
  • A neat way to use Photoshop to enhance a particular effect
  • How to spot good situations to use Topaz when out in the field
  • How to use Adjust photo-realistically
  • Creating wow HDR effects with Adjust or Detail
  • Creative uses of ReMask
  • Your neat method for turning images into line art or sketches
  • Whether Canon or Nikon is better for Topaz (just kidding… we’re not touching that one!)

The list goes on and on – it can basically be anything as long as it has a bit of Topaz relevancy in it. The main thing we’re looking for is freshness – if it’s interesting to you, it’ll be interesting to us, and even more interesting to the thousands of others who read it. To contact us about this, please email us with your proposed topic and any other relevant info here:

perspectives[at]topazlabs.com

We will be cross-promoting our guest articles in our blog, forum, Twitter, Facebook, and possibly mailing list. Feel free to include your gallery or personal webpage link at the end of your article. If you’re interested, please email us at the above address and let us know!

This post was originally posted on December 11, 2009

Just a heads up… if you haven’t purchased the Topaz Photoshop Bundle or are on the fence, we have a “This Weekend Only” special going on at Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider blog. It’s a quite substantial discount, so definitely check it out and leave a comment there if it helped.

Photoshop Insider : This Weekend Only Deal on Topaz Photoshop Plug-ins

Scott’s blog is also an excellent source of photography/photoshop information and overall a highly recommended read. Thanks Scott for making this possible!

This post was originally posted on December 4, 2009

Masking and image extraction software ReMask 2 is out! See here for more details, including some killer new videos that really show off what it can do:

http://www.topazlabs.com/remask

Existing ReMask 1 customers get it for free – your license keys will still work when entered in ReMask 2.

Enjoy!

This post was originally posted on November 23, 2009

Ashley wrote a new noise reduction tutorial, in which she covered the following topics:

– Benefits of using Topaz DeNoise
– When to use Topaz DeNoise in your workflow
– Best photo noise reduction and cleaning methods
– Basic DeNoise operation
– Working with image color noise
– Advanced steps to take with Topaz DeNoise.

Check it out here: DeNoise Tutorial (pdf)

Any questions? Discussion here: DeNoise Tutorial Discussion

This post was originally posted on November 12, 2009