fotoenvy™ Beta Now Available

We are excited about this new experimental photo editing technology and the possibilities it may bring. We hope that though your feedback and suggestions we can develop this into a fun and inspiring image enhancement tool.

Overview
Have you ever come across a stunning image that inspired you and wondered how it was created or thought to yourself: “I’d like to do that”? Or maybe you’re interested in having the the ability to enhance photos in just 1-click? If so, keep reading about our new development project!

fotoenvy™ is an experimental editing project – inspired by the everyday photographer. We are exploring new ways of enhancing images, with the goal of simplifying the process while still making it easy to achieve stunning results. This program features a SEE | CLICK | CREATE workflow that allows you to load your digital image, explore an included library of inspiring images and then click on any of those images to create an “inspired” effect in your own image. There are vast possibilities for this type of image enhancement.

This program is designed to help those that are new to post-processing (or those that don’t care to spend a lot of time post-processing) achieve that same “enhanced” look, without having to spend the time or learn advanced processing techniques. If you’re already a post-processing pro then fotoenvy™ may not be a necessary tool for your workflow, but if you do have some free time to check out the program then we’d love to have your feedback!

fotoenvy™ is presently in the development phase and we would like to hear your opinions as we work toward the final product. This is an opportunity for public to influence the development of f fotoenvy™ through constructive feedback, feature evaluation, feature requests, photo contributions towards fotoenvy’s™ inspiration library and more.  

We hope that with your feedback, we can create a powerful and simplified editing tool – that anyone can use.

For more information about fotoenvy™ and access to the beta software please visit: http://bit.ly/fotoenvybeta

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We received many requests from users (like you!) for more filters that offer creative finishing effects. So I am happy to share with you a sneak peek at the upcoming Topaz Star Effects™.

About Topaz Star Effects™
Star Effects gives you creative control over the various light and reflective sources in your image. You can easily manipulate and enhance the lighting sources to create unique light and star effects. So let’s take a quick look at what’s waiting for you in the new program!

How it works:

Step 1: Light Source and Star Type Selection
As with all Topaz programs, Star Effects™ will come with a variety of default presets. You’ll be able to open the program and select one of those presets and it will automatically detect the light sources in your image and apply the effect to those light sources. Additionally, you’ll have selective control over the affected light sources via the Star Selection Brush. This brush will allow you to individually select which light sources in your image to include/exclude. In addition to selecting your light sources, you can also choose the type of star effect that you want to apply – choose from options like traditional, starburst, cross star, hollywood star and more!

Step 2: Setting Effect Characteristics
The Main Adjustments tab is where your selected light sources come to life! Here you can control the appearance of your selected light sources. In additional to adjusting the number of points (1 to 32) you can also control the strength, visibility and intensity of your added lighting and star effects using the included sliders.

Step 3: Customized Tweaking
Your created lighting and star effects are fully customizable – with the added adjustment controls for color, temperature, secondary spikes, glow and ring flare. Just go into the Color Adjustments and Additional Adjustments tabs to tweak these parameters to your satisfaction.

Uses for Topaz Star Effects™
Topaz Star Effects™ can be a useful tool for adding a finish touch to a variety of photography types including:
– Enhancing the appearance of stars, sun and moon (great for Astrophotography)
– Adding a bling or sparkling effect to jewelry
– Adding a shimmering effect to water or other reflective surfaces
– Enhancing night photography and cityscape lights
– Adding a eye gleam/twinkle

Helpful Features
1. Star Stack-a-bility. Star Effects™ includes the Apply button (one of the most user-requested features!) which allows you to stack multiple star effects (with different characteristics) during the same workflow.

2. Effect Extraction. Star Effects™ offers two viewing/editing modes (located in the Star Settings tab) – combined and Stars only. The combined mode allows you to see your base image along with the applied star effects. The Stars only mode allows you to view just your added star effects (on a black background) without your base image. What’s unique about this is that you also have the option of saving just the created star effects back to Photoshop (or your other host program) – just make sure that the Stars Only mode is selected before you click the OK button. This is great for creating your own backgrounds.

3. No loss of contrast – which can occur with the use of traditional glass filters.

Availability information:
Once the new Topaz Star Effects™ is available we will send out a newsletter announcement with trial sign-ups and purchasing details – and there will be a special introductory discount. If you are not currently signed up to receive the Topaz newsletter you can sign up now online at: www.topazlabs.com/list

Sneak Peek Webinars:
We invite you to join us at one of our sneak peek webinars to check out the new Topaz Star Effects™ in action. We’ll also be giving away some FREE copies of Topaz Star Effects™ so a few lucky attendees! Click below to sign up.

Topaz Star Effects™ Sneak Peek webinar 1
Tuesday, January 24 – 1pm Central (11am PDT, 2pm EDT, 7pm GMT)
Click here to register

Topaz Star Effects™ Sneak Peek webinar 2
Wednesday, January 25 – 11am Central (9am PDT, 12pm EDT, 5pm GMT)
Click here to register

Our developers have been cooking up something new, fun and exciting that just might forever change the way we enhance images! This new enhancement tool will introduce a new style of image editing – designed for the everyday photographer. As we prepare for the upcoming public beta release, we are looking for some talented photographers, like yourself, to help contribute to the program’s inspirational library. Here are the details in a nutshell…

The FotoEnvy™ – by Topaz Labs program features new imaging technology, which uses example images to help create digital enhancements. The program will feature a library of beautiful inspirational images featuring beautiful colors, textures, tones and more – visible to all users – that will be used in part to create new enhanced images. We are looking for image submissions that will be included in the library. This is an opportunity to have your work seen and used to inspire other photographers – and yes, you will receive credit for any work that you contribute!

Please note that the images themselves will NOT be altered, manipulated or copyright-infringed on in any way. They will simply serve as inspiration from which the color, texture tone and overall image style will be used to integrated with the user’s image to create a new “inspired” effect.

All submissions will be considered and any selected images will be credited (within the program) to their respective owner.

Submission Requirements

1. You MUST submit the completed release form with your image submissions. Please download the Photo Release Form here.

2. Submission form and submitted images MUST be included in the same email. Please submit completed form and images to: fotoenvy (at) topazlabs.com

3. Images MUST be at Minimum 400 Pixels wide and at Most 1000 pixels wide.

4. Images MUST be in .jpg format

5. Images MUST be named with your first and last name.

eg:
ashleyrobinson.jpg
ashleyrobinson1.jpg

Please no more than 5 image submission per person.

Key Details:

Not all submitted images will be used. Selected images will be distributed with the program.

Submitted images will be resized to a maximum of 600×600 for inclusion in the program.

Selected images will be credited (within the program) to their owners. You retain all rights to your images.

There will be no monetary compensation of any type provided for the submitted/selected images.

Topaz Adjust™ just got better! The soon-to-be-released Adjust™ 5 features an intuitive selective brush, 5 preset collections with over 100 presets, preset stacking, auto layer creation, transparency control, a new finishing touches tab and lots more! These new productivity-increasing tools offer you a more professional workflow experience with unlimited flexibility and customization.

About Topaz Adjust™
Infusing your images with vibrant color and stunning detail has never been easier. From exposure and color balance to subtle photo pops, HDR effects, grunge style and more, Topaz Adjust’s intuitive and powerful tools make it easy to recover and enhance any image. With control over creative exposure, detail and color, Adjust™ is an essential part of every photographer’s toolkit. Topaz Adjust™ is designed for photographers who want to achieve advanced color and detail techniques in less time and with half of the effort. Adjust™ also simplifies the HDR process, allowing you to instantly enhance local contrast, depth, detail and color – with just a single image.

Here are my top ten favorite features waiting for you in the new Adjust 5:

1. LOTS of new presets. Over 100 presets that range from subtle photo pops to dynamic HDR effects.

2. Selective Brush. For easy dodging, burning smoothing and removing adjustments. Yes, you can BRUSH OUT the effects in (great for eliminating harsh effects on skin and in skies).

3. Apply button. Stack multiple effects and presets during the same workflow.

4. Preset collections. Presets are organized into unique collections. It also includes a My Collection where your user-made presets are saved to.

5. Transparency slider. Control the effect strength by adjusting the transparency slider and add as much or as little effect as you’d like to your image.

6. Finishing touches. Features options for borders, grain, warmth, vignettes and more.

7. Interactive Sliders. Take advantage of interactive slider/control response during your workflow. This feature works best for faster systems.

8. Histogram. Shows the tonal range of your image.

9. Curve tool. Easily adjust image tonality to help emphasize tones, contrast and brightness.

10. Split Screen. Use the 2-screen split view for easy before and after comparison.

(Layout of the new Adjust 5)

Availability information:
Once the new Adjust 5 is available we will send out a newsletter announcement with trial sign-ups and purchasing details. If you are not currently signed up to receive the Topaz newsletter you can sign up now online at: www.topazlabs.com/list

Did you miss the NEW Adjust 5 Sneak Peek webinar? Watch it Now!

Your comments, suggestions and feature requests have made this possible. So thank you to everyone and please keep the feedback coming!!

Best,
Ashley Robinson
Product Manager

UPDATE:
Hey Topaz Friends! I thrilled to see the excitement and positive response to the new Adjust 5. The release is around the corner so you don’t have too long to wait!

To answer the BIG questions regarding the upgrade….YES, Adjust 5 will be a FREE upgrade to existing users. Specific upgrade information for Adjust 5 will be announced in the release newsletter. You can sign up online to receive this at: http://www.topazlabs.com/list

Also, because of an issue with the auto create layer feature, this will not be included in the Adjust 5 update. Our developers will continue to work on the issue and once it is fully working for ALL users we hope to reintroduce this feature.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of the new images you will be able to create with the new features and tools in Adjust 5.

Be sure to tell a friend about the new Adjust 5! Thanks to you all

Ashley Robinson
Product Manager
Topaz Labs

The new PSE10 is here. So, everyone wants to know whether or not their Topaz plug-ins will be compatible with the new Photoshop Elements 10?

The answer…YES! All of your Topaz plug-ins will be compatible with PSE10 as is – no updates are needed.

Once you download and install PSE10 (available from the Adobe website) you will need to move your Topaz plug-in files over.

If you don’t know how to move your plug-in files I have written some steps to quickly walk you through the process. (It’s pretty simple and should take less than 3 minutes) Learn how here.

Should you find any issues with Topaz or Photoshop Elements and need to reinstall (or any other questions) just contact our customer support and we can help you.

Once you’ve installed the new PSE and played around with the new features be sure to let me know which ones are your favorites! I love the social media integration! 🙂