Selective image sharpening with Topaz Detail’s Effect Mask

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To obtain a crisp and clear photo, image sharpening in Topaz Detail is an applicable solution as it can emphasize texture, bring out details and add depth to your image. However, image sharpening shouldn’t always be applied globally or to the overall photo. Common areas to be cautious of sharpening include:

  • Skies
  • Water
  • Human Skin
  • An out of focus background (bokeh)
  • Areas with evident high ISO noise
  • Areas of constant/flat color

Masking is a valuable tool as it allows you to pinpoint exactly where you want the sharpening adjustments to be applied. For instance, emphasizing a model’s eyes without sharpening the fine lines in her skin would involve masking.

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Create a preset from scratch with ReStyle

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Within Topaz ReStyle you’ll find hundreds of presets, commonly referred to as ‘styles’ or ‘looks’. Each of these presets was created from a source image; the technology within ReStyle identifies the dominant colors within the source image and records that data into a preset, listing the colors from primary to the fifth most dominant (some presets will only have 3 or 4 dominant colors).

Create a preset from scratch with ReStyle

Interested in creating your own preset in ReStyle? Follow these simple steps to learn how to create a custom effect based on your image’s color data.

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