Romantic Flower Photography with Topaz

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Flower and botanical photography is very popular and it is easy to create romantic flower photography. It’s exciting to find new blossoms and colors to photograph and it’s a subject matter that can be found in every region and area of the world! I love photographing flowers because they are a great subject matter to practice depth of field with, they are all so very different in colors and shape, and they are versatile for making art with! Romantic flower photography is easy in this easy and quick tutorial! We’ll learn how to turn those images and snapshots into surreal, dreamy photographs with Topaz Simplify and Topaz Texture Effects premade effects.

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Topaz Clarity and B&W Effects for Beginners

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One of my favorite Topaz programs is Topaz B&W Effects! It reminds me of my college days of being in the darkroom for hours, not knowing what results I might get, and getting frustrated to the point of tears. Wait a minute… B&W Effects is the exact opposite of all those awful things! Topaz B&W Effects is an easy way to turn color photographs into exquisite monochromatic images. It’s perfect for anyone that likes traditional black and white photography and prefers classic prints.

This beginner’s tutorial will demonstrate just how easy it can be to use such an astounding program with a unique conversion engine that emphasizes tone and texture along with Clarity, our program that delivers natural contrast. You’ll be converting snapshots, photographs, and fine art in no time!

Grab an image, anything from a picture of your grandchild to a vacation photo, and follow along in this quick 15 minute lesson!

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Add Christmas Cheer to Photos

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The holidays are more than just decorations and food. The little details make each Christmas special and different than the year before. Some families like to put up the traditional tree, wrap presents in a color and patterned theme, volunteer together, travel to see family, and (of course) eat! Are you ready to add Christmas Cheer to photos?

There’s magic in the air when you’re surrounded by friends and family, when the fireplace is lit while the snow is falling, and while you’re sharing all you have with others.

I love to document the details of events and travels. The presents under the tree, the decor, the food, the gifts, and all the little things that make the holidays special are perfect subjects to photograph. But how do you capture the warmth and glitz or the perfectly decorated tree? And how do you add a little bit of holiday cheer and magic to holiday photos?

Well, I’ll share my secret with you! Check out this easy to follow tutorial on how to add color, sparkle, and vibrancy to your holiday images with Topaz Glow and Topaz Star Effects!

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Perfect Travel Pictures with Adjust

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Perfect travel pictures are hard to get without a lot of things: ample amounts of shooting time, the correct equipment, all the professional knowhow, and more. But you can get perfect travel pictures with a little post processing and the right software!

Last March, I went to Iceland and had the trip of a lifetime! The scenery was absolutely breathtaking and there was so much to see and do. It really was a photographer’s paradise! I had a lot of photography opportunities on a day trip through the Golden Circle. We were on a pretty tight schedule to see all the stops and the sky was a gloomy, overcast grey. But that didn’t stop me from shooting away!

One of my favorite stops was Gullfoss Waterfall. I have seen waterfalls before, but never anything this big, this blue, this powerful! I made sure to get some pictures of the entire scene from up high and from down low as well as some close ups of details. I’ve lived in Texas my entire life and I had never seen a waterfall made from glacial water covered in ice and snow. It was truly awesome!

When I returned home and started to go through images, I noticed my pictures were pretty bland. I’d shot in RAW on my Nikon D300s and I had done a great job of not blowing out the whites of the snow, which was a challenge for me since I had never really photographed snow before! But I also noticed the details of the ice were muddled and the color of the water was lackluster.

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What a bummer…

I decided to edit my images to add saturation, more contrast, and refine details and edges. What better way to accomplish that than with Topaz Adjust? Check out how I fixed up my images from Iceland with the use of Photoshop CC and Adjust in this easy to follow tutorial, complete with an in-depth look at the program features and tools!

You can always follow along with me as I show you my workflow, try out the program as I teach about what the sliders do, or work on your own image with tricks I am doing. If you don’t have Adjust, you can always download a free 30 day trial here!

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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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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.

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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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