Disarming the Debate of Photo Manipulation (44:05)

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We hear it all the time, if you manipulate a photo it is no longer a photograph. Or better yet the proud that say, “I took this shot, straight out of the camera with no processing!” So what is the
big idea behind photo manipulation and is it something to be ashamed of? Join us with Blake Rudis as he disarms the debate of manipulating your photographs in Photoshop.

Blake is a 3 time self-published author and the founder of EverydayHDR.com & HDRInsider.com. He has recently developed Zone-Edit.com. This site is devoted to his Photoshop post processing technique that utilizes the limitless potential of the Zone System and the power of Photoshop to capitalize on the contrast in any image.

Forging Your Photographs, presented by Blake Rudis (55:07)

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Just like a Blacksmith on his anvil, your photographs need to be forged in fire. A seemingly destructive process that creates a masterpiece of craftsmanship. Often times we need to think like the Blacksmith and destroy our images to refine them into a work of master craftsmanship.

Join us with Blake Rudis as he shows us how he forges his images with the Topaz Product Line.

Blake is a 3 time self-published author and the founder of EverydayHDR.com & HDRInsider.com. He has recently developed Zone-Edit.com. This site is devoted to his Photoshop post processing technique that utilizes the limitless potential of the Zone System and the power of Photoshop to capitalize on the contrast in any image.

Finding Your Photographic Style, presented by Blake Rudis (51:24)

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For every photographer it is important to have a specific style that is genuine to you. This really is not something you can learn…your style essentially finds you and ultimately defines you. Join Blake Rudis as he shows how you can polish and refine your artistic style with Topaz Products.

 

Disarming the Debate of Photo Manipulation (44:04)

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We hear it all the time, if you manipulate a photo it is no longer a photograph. Or better yet, the proud that claim, “I took this shot, straight out of the camera with no processing!”

So what is the big idea behind photo manipulation and is it something to be ashamed of? Join us with Blake Rudis as he disarms the debate of manipulating your photographs in Photoshop.

Blake is a 3 time self-published author and the founder of EverydayHDR.com & HDRInsider.com. He has recently developed Zone-Edit.com. This site is devoted to his Photoshop post processing technique that utilizes the limitless potential of the Zone System and the power of Photoshop to capitalize on the contrast in any image.

Be sure to visit Blake’s website to download a free Action pack from the tutorial! And be sure to subscribe to Topaz Labs on Youtube!

Finding Your Photographic Style, presented by Blake Rudis (51:23)

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For every photographer it is important to have a specific style that is genuine to you. This really is not something you can learn…your style essentially finds you and ultimately defines you. Join Blake Rudis as he shows how you can polish and refine your artistic style with several Topaz Products.

Create a Mixed Media Look with Topaz Impression (12:57)

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Topaz Impression can be a very powerful painting tool in Photoshop. Of course, the single click presets developed by Topaz Labs are great, but there is so much more to it than that!

As many of you know I used to be a painter. One thing painters do is mix different mediums together in one piece, like acrylic paint and water color, or pastels and charcoal. You can do the exact same thing in Topaz Impression and obtain beautiful results!

Purchase Topaz Impression: topazlabs.com/impression

A Quick Look at Topaz Impression (21:27)

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Find out more details on Topaz Impression here: Introducing Topaz Impression

I have used many Painting Filters in Photoshop. I have also used many paint filter programs. There was always something I did not like about them though. I could always tell a Filter was applied to get the look. If I looked closely I could see repeating patterns and shapes that made up the image. It looked fake.

I used to be a painter, I haven’t picked up a brush in nearly 4 years (and I miss it) but I painted for a long period in my life. One year I painted nearly 65 paintings while I was going through a Color Theory, Composition, and abstraction experiment. I know quite a bit about paint application, color blending, and brush techniques. Knowing all of this it is hard to pull one over on me with a ‘Paint Filter’. Even if you print it on canvas I can pick up on it almost instantly.

However, Topaz Labs has just announced their newest software addition, Topaz Impression. When I first talked to Darcy of Topaz about this she mentioned a new Paint Filter program. My immediate reaction was… great another paint filter program… She allowed me to look at the betas over the last month and within my first taste of the program I was hooked!

Workflow Tips from the Pros on Topaz Adjust

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Containing powerful exposure technology, Topaz Adjust is a tool that helps to add depth, dimension, and color to your image, revealing details you might have never known existed. By adjusting the adaptive exposure and regions sliders, you can bring out tonalities in your photo that may have been dulled out from the camera’s initial exposure.

With Adjust you can also create HDR-like looks that make your image pop. Or, if you prefer, subtle edits may be conducted by keeping the adjustments on the light side and using the available transparency and brush out tools.

We’ve compiled a list of tips & tricks for Adjust from several professional photographers. Also, be sure to check out the downloadable preset package to the right, containing several new, custom created effects that can be imported into the program.

If you don’t own Adjust, don’t worry! We offer a 30-day free trial. No credit card info! So, try it before your buy.

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The Perfect Custom Preset with Topaz ReStyle (7:50)

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Blake Rudis is a 3 time self-published author and the founder of EverydayHDR.com & HDRInsider.com. He has also recently developed Zone-Edit.com. This site is devoted to his Photoshop post processing technique that utilizes the limitless potential of the Zone System and the power of Photoshop to capitalize on the contrast in any image.

There are many times when toning a photo can make it pop off the page, give it a unique feeling, or just clean it up a bit. There are several ways you can tone a photograph and there are even more tones that you can apply to the photo. Just take a stroll through ReStyle, there are thousands of tones, but which one is right? Is there a correct tone for a photo?

I would like to think that there is based on the concepts of Color Theory. In a nutshell, in painting, if you mix a vibrant color with a little bit of its complement you will subdue its affect in the composition to create a more harmonious piece. The same is true in photography.

When I tone an image I like to look at the image and see what the predominant color is. I then apply colors with Curves Adjustments that are opposite of the predominant color on the Color Wheel.

The image below is predominantly Blue.  I would look at the color wheel and see what this color blue’s complement is.  I would use either Yellows or Oranges to boost the tone in the photograph.

The Perfect Custom Preset with Topaz ReStyleWith Topaz ReStyle and a couple of Photoshop tricks, we can use this principle to make compelling compositions.

***Be sure to download the action as well as view the video tutorial***

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Disarming the Debate of Photo Manipulation

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We hear it all the time, if you manipulate a photo it is no longer a photograph. Or better yet the proud that say, “I took this shot, straight out of the camera with no processing!” So what is the big idea behind photo manipulation and is it something to be ashamed of? Join us with Blake Rudis as he disarms the debate of manipulating your photographs in Photoshop.

Blake is a 3 time self-published author and the founder of EverydayHDR.com & HDRInsider.com.  He has recently developed Zone-Edit.com.  This site is devoted to his Photoshop post processing technique that utilizes the limitless potential of the Zone System and the power of Photoshop to capitalize on the contrast in any image.