In traditional photography, a photo negative is what you see on a roll of developed film; the darkest and lightest areas of the image are reversed, resulting in a positive print once taken into the darkroom. It is also possible to create this effect digitally with a single click in a variety of editors.

To create a digital photo negative, both Topaz Adjust and Topaz B&W Effects both have this function under Global Adjustments -> Curve Tool -> Negative.  Additionally Topaz Adjust  has this function under the  Film Collection -> Color Negative.

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photonegativeYou might be asking, “What’s the purpose of reverting an image back to a negative?”.  Artistically this effect can produce some neat results, particularly if you’re into the abstract. Here are some examples of a digital photo negative:

Topaz B&W Effects 2.1:

Photo Negative Jelly Fish © Robyn Aber

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Topaz Adjust 5:

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Photo Negative, spooky tree, workflow, digital photo negative, topaz restyleDepending on whether you want to work in color or black and white, Topaz has developed two great plug-ins that allow for the creation of a digital photo negative with just one click. Try it out for yourself! And be sure to submit your creations to gallery@topazlabs.com so that we can add them to our gallery!

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