Textures & Beyond – Creativity with Topaz

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By Hazel Meredith, APSA, MNEC, Meredith Images

This tutorial uses several Topaz products – Impression; Lens Effects; Simplify; and Texture Effects. We will modify two texture images before applying them to our subject image. You can follow along using the same images by downloading them from this link.

You can do this project in Photoshop CS/CC; PS Elements; or any program that allows you to do layers.
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Alternative Photography Styles with Texture Effects 2

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Have you ever seen photos processed with alternative photography styles and wanted to learn more about them and make your own? Today we’ll be covering how Texture Effects 2 can be used to create alternative photography styles like Cyanotypes, Gum Bichromates, and Instant Film Transfers. This tutorial will show how to make your own effects from start to finish and how to customize pre-made effects from the Community. I’ll also be telling you a little about the history and style of each alternative process!

Learn how to accomplish the following in this tutorial:

  • Workflow process for Texture Effects 2
  • How to create an effect from start to finish with Texture Effects 2
  • How to make a digital Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate, and Instant Film Transfer
  • Use the Community
  • Save an effect in Texture Effects 2
  • …and much more!

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Wild Wall Flower with Topaz Glow 2

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Glow 2 is a fun way to create and enhance images. Make subtle enhancements with adjustments and blending modes or create electrifying art easily with effects and custom adjustments. 

Have you ever seen those multiple section art pieces and wanted to make one? Today we’ll cover how Glow 2 can be used to create multiple piece art work. This tutorial will show how to make your own multiple piece art work from start to finish with two variations, one Intermediate Level and one more Advanced Level! 

Learn how to accomplish the following in this tutorial:

  • Workflow process
  • Getting started with Glow 2 via Photoshop
  • How to create an effect from start to finish in Glow 2
  • Save an effect in Glow 2 
  • Expand on creative thinking and output results through practice

In this tutorial I’ll be using an image of a flower, which you can download here. I really like this picture for this specific tutorial as the background is simple and the subject matter is bold. We’ll turn this daisy into a 1960’s worthy piece of art.

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How to Prepare for Battle with a Photograph (46:01)

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When it comes to photographic post processing, strategy is an absolute must. No one goes to battle without a plan, likewise, no photo should be edited without a strategy in mind. Our featured guest, Blake Rudis, will arm you with the essential strategies to prepare your plan of attack on artistic photo post processing.

Blake is a Photoshop enthusiast with a strong fine art background. From painting in front of the TV with Bob Ross as a child to printmaking and sculpture, he has always had a passion for anything creative. He currently has a thing for HDR photography and you can see more of his images and Photoshop tutorials at EverydayHDR.com.

Enhance your imagery with Adjust, Simplify and Detail (44:38)

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Enhance your Topaz workflow as John Barclay introduces Topaz Adjust, Detail and Simplify, then demonstrates how he uses each within his own workflow to help create stunning imagery.  John is an award winning freelance photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader. He is also an inspirational speaker who has been presenting his program Dream – Believe – Create to audiences around the country.

Create effective depth maps in Lens Effects (16:49)

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Audience: This series is designed for users who are already familiar with the basics of Topaz Plug-ins, and are interested in learning some quick tips and tricks to improve their Topaz workflow.

Do you want to create realistic bokeh and blur? Having trouble with your depth map creation in the new Lens Effects? Join Topaz Labs’ Nichole Paschal for a quick, yet informative demonstration that will walk you through the process of creating effective depth maps for realistic bokeh effects.

Take your lifestyle photography to the next level (49:37)

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Are you searching for a way to set your wedding, portrait and lifestyle photography apart from the crowd? Join award-winning lifestyle photographer, Michael Corsentino, as he demonstrates how he uses Topaz tools to take his images to the next level.

Stylish, fun, creative, and totally unique images characterize Michael ‘s photography. His signature blend of photojournalism, fashion, and relaxed editorial styles have made Michael an in-demand destination wedding and portrait photographer.

Creating a miniature effect using tilt-shift and Topaz plug-ins (27:31)

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Audience: This series is designed for users who are already familiar with the basics of Topaz Plug-ins, and are interested in learning some quick tips and tricks to improve their Topaz workflow.

Using multiple Topaz programs, including Clean, Lens Effects and ReMask, Greg Rostami was able to transform an image of the Staples Center into this unique and realistic miniature scene. How was he able to produce this image? Join Greg, Topaz expert, as he walks you step-by-step through his workflow.