Topaz Adjust and Topaz Detail are often confused because at first glance, the two look as if they are very similar.  However, Adjust and Detail are very different.  Topaz Adjust is ideal for creating dynamic color and exposure effects that make an image pop.  Topaz Detail is ideal for intricate detail adjustments and is great for fine-tuning or adding the finishing touch on any image.  In reality, the two programs actually complement each other.  Let’s take a closer look at the abilities, functions and features of both programs.

Topaz Detail is dedicated to micro and macro detail enhancement.  What does this mean?  It means that you can individually or collectively adjust the small, medium and large details within your image for a fully customized look.  The boost sliders extend your detail control, allowing you to adjust the weaker small, medium and large details in your image.  So essentially you have control over 6 types (or sizes) of detail within your image for more precision in your adjustments.  Detail also includes a Deblur tool that helps reduce image blur and enhance the sharpness and crispness of the image.  The other unique aspect about Topaz Detail is it’s ability to create strikingly crisp black and white images. Detail includes a convenient black and white preset that you can use as a starting point.  What really sets Detail apart from Adjust is its ability to enhance without creating halos or edge artifacts, which you sometimes see in Adjust when creating pseudo-HDR effect.

Adjust focuses more on exposure, color and macro detail enhancements.  Adjust gives you the ability to adjust the vibrancy and position of lighting and color in an image. The color, exposure and detail tools allow you to achieve a variety of effects including: tone mapping simulation, pseudo HDR, exposure correction, shadow and highlight adjustment, extreme and desaturated color, hard and and soft light and minor detail enhancements.  So, if you’re looking to create photo realism or make your images pop then Topaz Adjust will fit your workstyle. If you’re more into details and enhancing intricate elements then Topaz Detail will be key in achieving this. And if you’re like me then you’ll enjoy mixing the capabilities of both programs to create detailed, eye-catching images.

Which program do you use the most? Let us know by leaving your comments and suggestions below!

As some may have noticed, Topaz Clean functions slightly different than the other Topaz bundle programs. Your image size is a contributing factor in how the effects are applied to your processed image. The intensity of the effect is affected by the size of your image. The larger your image is the more diluted the applied effect will be.

Now, there are two ways, that I’ve found, to achieve the desired intensity of the effect. The first, if you are able to, is to reduce the size of your image. The other thing you can do, to make the effect  stronger on larger images, is to run the image through the program 2 or more times using the same settings.

The quickest way to reapply the selected effects is to go to your Filter menu and select Topaz Clean 3 (this option will be at the top of the menu). When you select it it will automatically reapply the last filter used to the image. There is also a shortcut for this task which is CMD-F.

Once last thing to keep in mind, when you are editing with Clean, please make sure that you are viewing at 100%. This will give you the most accurate representation of what your processed image will look like.

If you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions please feel free to comment below. If you have any feature or functionality requests for a future version of Clean we would love to hear them.

No, there is not a difference in the way your host program allows you to edit with your favorite Topaz programs. Your Topaz programs will behave and process images the same no matter which host program you are using.

The most popular image editing hosts include: Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. However, if you use Aperture, Lightroom or iPhoto, you can still enjoy the use of Topaz plug-ins via the free Topaz Fusion Express add on.  Fusion Express allows users to experience the same Topaz interface and features that Photoshop users have, without leaving their workflow.

What you may not know, is that in addition to Photoshop, Elements, Aperture, Lightroom and iPhoto, there are also several other image editing programs that you can use Topaz with. These programs include: PaintShop Pro, Photo Impact, Serif’s PhotoPlus, GIMP, Painter and Irfanview.

If you do not have a dedicated image editing program, but would still like to use Topaz , then you can use iPhoto (which comes standard on all Macs) or if you are a Windows user you can download the free Irfanview imaging program.

What program do you use Topaz in the most? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts!

When it comes to using Topaz programs, there is no right or wrong order. It is entirely up to you how and when to incorporate Topaz into your workflow. In general, I would encourage anyone to make sure their image is as “clean” as possible before making any color, detail or special effects adjustments. This means using DeNoise and / or DeJPEG to remove any noise or image artifacts first, so you know that your subsequent image adjustments will be applied to a clean image.  After that, which program(s) you use would depend on the final vision you have for your image. One thing that I typically do, which may work for you as well, is to use Topaz Detail last, adjusting any final intricate details. And remember, you can also run the same filter twice on an image to create stronger effects or lower the opacity / fade to lessen the effects.  If you are using multiple filters and know exactly what you want for that image, I suggest making a duplicate of your background layer and applying all of your filter adjustments to that new layer.

Feel free to comment or share  you’re workflow!

I’m excited to announce the launch of a new weekly support feature called Question of the Week. This new resource will offer additional insight into your Topaz software. Each Friday we will review and answer a user-submitted question regarding features, uses and functionality of Topaz software. Question of the Week begins tomorrow!