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:
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:
Existing ReMask 1 customers get it for free – your license keys will still work when entered in ReMask 2.
This post was originally posted on November 23, 2009
This has been a good month for website feature additions! We’ve just released a Photography + Photoshop + Topaz discussion forum that you can access here:
Sign up for lots of benefits! We have big plans for the forum, and in the future we will be integrating our customer back-end into it, which means your owned products can be integrated into your profile for forum perks and recognition. More immediately, we will be putting up contests (with prizes!), tutorials, techniques, and other goodies onto the forum. We also think it will be a great way for Topaz users to get in touch with other Topaz users to share tips and show off their unique images.
But it’s not exclusively Topaz-related stuff either – feel free to post about general photography or Photoshop topics as well! Occasionally we might even have a guest poster that will write a “How I Did This” tutorial or something similar on the forum. We at Topaz are also very heavily involved in our forum, so it’s a great way to get in touch with us as well.
All gallery submissions will now go through the forum. If you’re interested in beta testing Topaz software, we’ve also now formalized a beta tester program.
See you on the forums!
This post was originally posted on October 22, 2009