The release of Topaz Black and White Effects 2.1 introduced a variety of new borders not found in any other Topaz plug-in. During a recent Webinar, a question was asked if it is possible to use a B&W Effects border on a color image. The answer–yes!

Here is how it is done:

*This can be achieved in any program that supports layers and overlays

1. Open the image in Photoshop and duplicate the layer (Ctrl/Cmd + J):

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When it comes to using the Topaz programs, there is no right or wrong order. It is entirely up to you on how and when to incorporate Topaz into your workflow. In general, it is encouraged to make your image as “clean” as possible before making any color, detail or special effect 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.

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How to be a Beta Tester with Topaz Labs

You can sign up for the Beta testing program online at

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Once you create an account:

Go to Settings -> Permission Groups and select the Beta group and enter you system info there to apply. Once approved you will see a new Beta testing forum when you log in.

Because we maintain a limited number of beta testers, we may temporarily stop accepting requests at times. See here for additional assistance on signing up for the beta program: How to Become a Topaz Beta Tester

From chatting with many of you during our webinars I’ve realized that there are some key features and shortcuts within the Topaz programs that many users aren’t aware of. One of the most common questions that comes up is: “What is a Snap?”

Snaps is a feature that you’ll find within many of your Topaz plug-ins that allows you to take a “snapshot” of a group of settings…much like a temporary preset. The Snap button has a camera icon and is located at the top right of your program interface underneath the preview navigator. You can take up to 99 snap shots. Located to the right of your Snap button are the Prev/Next buttons. These allow you to quickly scroll through the snapshots you’ve taken.

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