We’ve got a new editor in the house! Our 15th program, Topaz Glow, has been released and is available for a special reduced price of $49.99 until December 31st, 2014. Use the coupon code introglow at checkout to receive this $20 discount.

About

Topaz Glow is a software program that uses state-of-the-art image processing techniques to produce illuminating light effects. Extracting the light from each image, Glow can produce an exclusive range of looks from more than 70 one-click effects separated into six collections.

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We’re excited to announce that Topaz Impression has received a minor update to version 1.1! If you already own Impression, this is a free upgrade. Simply go to our downloads page to download version 1.1.

What's new in Impression 1.1

With the update you can now switch between the presets and selective parameters by pressing P (or Shift + P). Many requests were sent in for more master artist effects, so with this release you can find presets including Georgia O’Keeffe, Degas, Rembrandt and more! Read about the entirety of what’s new in version 1.1 below.

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Capturing the Culture

by Joel Wolfson

Joel conducts photo workshops worldwide from his native Southwest to Italy, France and other locales. His roster of notable clients include Newsweek, Elle, Seventeen, Houghton Mifflin, and corporate clients such as Apple, AT&T, 3M, United Airlines and Pillsbury. His technical articles on digital imaging have been translated for use in more than 30 countries. Yet he is best known for his artistic images and unexpected views of everyday places around the globe.

Fiat MeccanicoWhile conducting a workshop in Tuscany I met this man in one of the small villages where we take our participants. He spoke no english and in spite of my sparse Italian vocabulary we managed to discuss the old Fiat he was working on. This is an example of simply being friendly, smiling and engaging your subject. He was very obliging about letting me shoot his portrait. He seemed further pleased when I showed him the black and white image on the LCD of my camera.

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Here at Topaz Labs we are excited to announce the release of our 15th photo-editing program Topaz Impression!

cups2Topaz Impression transforms your photos into realistic looking works of fine art…oil painting, graphite drawing, watercolor and more! Rework your photo by applying a one-click preset such as ‘Van Gogh’ or create your own effect by choosing from 14 different realistic brushes. You can then adjust that brush as desired, manipulating its length, width, volume and how much is applied.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 9.28.33 PMFinalize your masterpiece by adjusting the color, lighting and by choosing from one of 72 different background textures like canvas and wood.

Why Impression?

The name of this program was inspired by the style of painting called Impressionism that emerged in France in the mid-19th century. Impressionism was a reaction to Realism, a form of painting that aimed to depict the subject exactly as shown. Tired of focusing on reality and the ego, painters like Monet, Renoir and Degas branched out of the norm and paid less attention to a scene’s details and more so to the lighting and color, hence the need to paint with sketchy brushwork and thick strokes (impasto) before the sun changed and the colors went dull.

While a photo is a record of a moment in time, Topaz Impression alters this reality, allowing you to creatively change this realistic recording of light into a new work of art. From impasto oil paintings to Da Vinci inspired sketches, it’s your turn to be the artist!

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Topaz Adjust has received a minor upgrade to version 5.1 and is a free upgrade for existing users. To upgrade, simply navigate to our downloads page at topazlabs.com/downloads to download the latest version. New features include an updated user interface along with an added grid view mode. Should you need any other assistance upgrading, please see our knowledge base article.

New to Adjust? For the month of August our photo enhancement plugin Topaz Adjust is on sale for $25 (that’s 50% savings!). To receive the discount, apply the coupon code AUGADJUST to your cart. If looking to try before you buy, you may download a free 30-day trial here.

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