Impressionistic Views

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Create a Whole New World

So you’ve been editing images for awhile and you’ve figured out what works for your workflow to achieve your “look.” Today, we are going to enhance some images a little more non-traditionally. Whether you’ve been looking for a new interesting way to edit your images or maybe you just enjoy compositing. Either way, this tutorial can give a fun twist to images that otherwise may have been trashed.

For this tutorial, we are going to be using two programs Topaz ReMask and Topaz Impression. If you don’t own these programs, feel free to try them free for 30 days. Simply click the links above.

For a Limited Time: Save 25% on Impression with coupon code LOVEIMPRESSION. Save 25% on ReMask with coupon code LOVEREMASK.

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Skin Retouching and Restyling with Topaz

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Sometimes, the Camera Captures Too Much.

Life happens. Maybe it’s a huge, life halting blemish in the middle of your forehead on your wedding day, a hotter-than-expected summer day during family photos, or maybe it’s just those pesky laugh lines from a life enjoyed. Whatever it is, there are times the camera is a little too honest. Whether you’re retouching your own photos or for a client, this easy skin retouching and restyling tutorial with Topaz Clean and Topaz Restyle will save hours of frustrating cloning and stamping in Photoshop.

I’ve included two practice images with this tutorial. I also retouched them following the same steps I outlines here. If you want to see those before and after’s they’re at the bottom of this tutorial!

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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!

Let’s get started!

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Create a Double Exposure without Photoshop

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Have you seen the new popular effect? Those awesome double exposures that perfectly integrate two photos together in a creative way. Maybe you have even looked up a tutorial on how they are created to soon be disappointed that they require complicated masking, photo clipping, and Photoshop knowhow. With the use of two Topaz Labs plugins, ReMask and Texture Effects 2, you can create a double exposure without photoshop in minutes. I’m not kidding. You will literally be done in minutes without using Photoshop even once.

If you don’t own ReMask or Texture Effects, don’t worry! You can get a 30 day free trial. No payment or credit card info required! To get ReMask, click here. To get Texture Effects, click here.

Today, we’ll discover how the newly released Texture Effects and ReMask can be used to beautifully integrate two photos to create double exposures. This tutorial will show how Texture Effects is able to easily unleash your creative ability without all those complicated workflows. During this tutorial, we will also highlight some of the new features of Texture Effects 2 such as: PNG support, integrated masking, various blending modes, and how to import your own assets into Texture Effects 2.

Learn how to accomplish the following in this tutorial:

  • Using ReMask to mask out a background
  • Getting started with Texture Effects
  • Importing assets
  • How to apply a double exposure
  • Using the integrated masking feature

In this tutorial, I will be using an image of a woman and a mountain. Just click here to download the image of the woman and click here to download the image of the mountain. Now let’s get creating an amazing double exposure!

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Create Amazing Night Skies with Glow 2

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Do you have a night sky photo that just isn’t as amazing as it appeared through your viewfinder? This tutorial can help add an artistic flare to your photos. Topaz Glow 2 allows you to turn your photographs into masterpieces with the use of varying glow effects. Glow 2 allows you to create images that really pop! 

Today, we’ll cover how Glow 2 can be used to enhance starry night photos. This tutorial will show how varying glow effects can exaggerate those beautiful night sky photos. During this tutorial, the starry night effect will be applied selectively throughout the photo. All this means is some of the image will have the effect applied while other parts, such as mountains or water will be the original. Since we will be masking parts of the image, it is important that you use Glow 2 through a hosting application like Photoshop so that we can properly use the masking functions. If you aren’t familiar with using Glow 2 as a plugin, don’t worry. I will explain all of this in depth in latter steps.

Learn how to accomplish the following in this tutorial:

  • Getting started with Glow 2
  • How to create an effect from start to finish in Glow 2
  • Use ReMask to enhance details such as mountains and water

In this tutorial, I’ll be using an image of a starry snow covered mountain, which you can download here. Glow 2 will help turn this already amazing photograph into a work of art with the perfect focal point or extra flare!

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How to Enhance Alluring Abstracts with Topaz DeNoise + Clarity

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The inspiration for this photograph came from a camera club friend. They showed me a few photos and I was fascinated. Who knew smoke was so beautiful!?

I decided one afternoon to give the technique a try for myself, and though it took me a little while to dial in my settings I was very pleased with the resulting photos. The only catch: using natural light I was forced to crank the ISO to 4000 to attain my desired shutter speed which resulted in quite a bit of noise.

Thankfully, Topaz DeNoise did a superb job at minimizing the digital grain. By coupling DeNoise with Clarity, I was able to emphasize the details and colors while maintaining the integrity of the photograph.

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Auto Shine Tutorial with Glow 2

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Topaz Glow 2 is a great way to create unique images with illumination and energetic sparks of light. You can create vibrant, beautiful images with easy to use pre-made effects or you can create your own. By using internal adjustments, ready-made effects, and settings, it’s simple to use Glow 2 to enhance images in a variety of ways!

But did you know Glow 2 can be used in a subtle way to enhance images?

This tutorial will cover the subtle way Glow 2 can be used to compliment one of my favorite subjects: cars, boats, and motorcycles. This tutorial will showcase effect adjustments that will compliment subject matter that has reflective and glassy surfaces. If you’d like to try this tutorial out for yourself you can use your own image of a car or download a practice image here. You can also find the practice image in Resources.

Learn how to accomplish the following in this tutorial:

  • Getting started with Glow 2
  • Use Glow 2 to give vibrancy to your images
  • Use Glow 2 to enhance color
  • Save an effect in Glow 2
  • Share an effect to the Community

In this tutorial I’ll be using an image of a classic Mustang and I’ll also provide a few examples of how the final saved effect can easily be saved and used with similar images.

Let’s get started!

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Paint Your Pets with Impression 2

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Topaz Impression 2 is a fun way to create beautiful images that are artistic, soft, & romantic or loud, bold, & extreme. It turns photographs into works of art with various combinations of brush strokes, surface effects, and more. By using internal adjustments, presets, and settings, it’s simple to use Impression 2 to enhance your images.

Today we’ll cover how it can be used to enhance photographs of pets and animals. This tutorial will showcase effects that will compliment subject matter that has soft features such as fur and feathers but will also show how masking can enhance details such as eyes, teeth, and other sharp parts of your subject.

Learn how to accomplish the following in this tutorial:

  • Getting started with Impression 2
  • How to create an effect from start to finish in Impression 2
  • Use Masking to enhance details such as eyes and teeth
  • Save and share an effect in Impression 2

In this tutorial I’ll be using an image of my Golden Retriever, which you can download here. I really like this picture of my Golden. He’s having a great time with his favorite thing: a stick! Impression will help turn this snapshot into a work of art.

I’ll also show a few examples of how the final saved preset can easily be used with similar images.

Let’s get started!

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Digital Image to Impression with John Ellingson

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Picture1The image selected by Topaz for this discussion reminded me of the images of the late 15th, early 16th Century German artist, Albrecht Dürer. One of Dürer’s favorite subjects were small animals. His famous Young Hare was done when Dürer was a young adolescent (shown left).

This image could be a photograph, but of course it isn’t. I find inspiration in the great art and artists of the past – particularly the expressionists and impressionists. I am fortunate to live near a city where I can go and see many of the originals. I wonder if Monet was creating his work today if he would be working with oils and canvas or would it be Nikons and Apples?

My goal is also to present the subject as I would if I were presenting it with pigments on paper, canvas or board. I realize that this is an apostasy for the photographic purists. But I will point out that I’m working with digital images, not photographs.

A word about my workflow: I depart from the conventional approach in Photoshop and don’t use their powerful layers tool. I like to make originals each time so I only work in one layer. It is simply a personal choice and I’m not advocating it, just noting it.

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The Power of Topaz and Aurora HDR for Mac Users

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See the power of Topaz Products combined with the HDR processing dynamite of Aurora HDR (currently Mac only). Aurora HDR was co-designed by Topaz user, and popular HDR photographer, Trey Ratcliff.  It vastly simplifies the process of merging, enhancing and exporting high quality HDR images. Combined with Topaz tools like Texture Effects or Impression it really is a workflow to take your images to an entirely new level! Below we’ll give you an example of what a sucessful workflow could look like.

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