How to Emphasize Edge Details

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If looking for a unique way to distinguish intricate details such as fur and feathers, look no further than Topaz Glow. Follow along to learn how to emphasize the smaller features in your image, making them crisper and sharper than before. If you don’t already own Glow, download a free 30-day trial of Topaz Glow.

Before we get started, if you noticed that there is a distracting element in your photograph, check out this tutorial, Enhancing Macro Photographyon how to remove it, then head back here to enhance the details of your image!

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How to Add a Splash of Color to a Black and White Image

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After converting a photo to monochrome, a fun and creative way to draw emphasis towards a particular element of the image is to bring back a splash of color in that specific area.

A feature often overlooked in Topaz B&W Effects is the smart brush color tool. Using edge-aware technology, this localized brush allows you to add back in color to your grayscale image.

Follow along to learn how you can use this feature to add a splash of color to your image.

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How to Create a Vintage Matte Look (5:27)

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A washed out effect with crushed blacks and lessened contrast, the matte look was first developed in antique film processes and is popular in today’s digital photography.

opacityWhile you can purchase film packages and actions that have replicated this vintage look, the secret to how this effect is created is all in the curve tool. Follow along to learn how you can easily create your own custom matte look using the curve tool in Topaz B&W Effects.

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How to Neutralize a Color Cast

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A common question we receive from customers here at Topaz is how to correct a color cast. Yellow color casts are a common problem when shooting under incandescent lighting, so here’s a method I’ll share with you on how to accomplish this task using Topaz ReStyle.

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How to Create a Moody Atmosphere

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Have you ever run into an instance where the scene you captured didn’t evoke the emotion you felt at the time? Whether the look you envisioned was lost in translation from eye to camera, or you simply want to alter its mood, look no further than the unique toning effects in Topaz ReStyle.

Follow this tutorial to learn how you can infuse your image with a moody atmosphere using ReStyle’s available tools.

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Discover the Perfect Look for Your Portrait

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Is your portrait photo lacking a particular element? Topaz ReStyle may just be the missing ingredient you’ve been searching for. Containing hundreds of inspiring effects, read these tips to learn how to find the perfect look that’ll transform your image from drab to fab!

Learn how to accomplish the following in this tutorial:

  • How to transform your portraiture by applying a unique color filter.
  • Essential tips on using ReStyle’s search features for finding the perfect look.
  • How to optimize finding the perfect look by utilizing ReStyle’s grid-view mode.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Glow

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In this guide learn how to use the different settings in Topaz Glow as well as one-click effects to create a range of unique and electrifying looks. This guide includes the following:

  • Top 5 Interface Features to Know About
  • Create a Neon Effect
  • Create a Graphic Effect
  • Emphasizing Fur and Feathers
  • The Subtle Side of Glow
  • Using Glow with Portraits

Don’t own a copy of Glow? You can download a free 30-day trial here. And don’t forget, Glow is $20 off until December 31st, 2014 with the coupon code introglow.

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How to create a blurred depth of field

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Distracting elements like tree branches, street signs and cars are often unavoidable and can avert attention from the subject in focus. Typically a shallow depth of field is ideal in this situation. However, depending on the lens and distance from the subject in focus to the object behind it, this effect may not be achievable.

A handy tool to keep in mind is Topaz Lens Effects, which contains a custom depth map that allows you to add in selective bokeh. Bokeh is Japanese for “blur” and is defined by the aesthetic quality of the out of focus lighting. While most commonly noted as “Hollywood” bokeh, or a rounded orb, bokeh can also be classified as the actual out of focus area of light.

To achieve a blurred depth of field, an aperture of f/3-1.2 is ideal. However, if circumstances do not allow this, you can still create a digitally simulated background using the technology in Topaz Lens Effects. Follow this tutorial to learn how.

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