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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Keeping it Natural with Topaz Plug-ins, presented by Joel Wolfson (55:51)

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With all the tools at our disposal it’s easy to over-process our images. Learn how to keep them looking natural without complication using Topaz plug-ins. Join internationally published photographer and workshop leader Joel Wolfson as he shows you, step-by-step, how he maintains the natural beauty in his images with various types of subjects. Follow Joel using his favorite Topaz plugins, including Adjust, Detail, B&W Effects & Clarity.
This is an all new version of one of Joel’s most popular webinars.

Joel conducts photo workshops worldwide from his native Southwest to Italy, France and other locales. His roster of notable clients include Newsweek, Elle, Seventeen, Houghton Mifflin, and corporate clients such as Apple, AT&T, 3M, United Airlines and Pillsbury. His technical articles on digital imaging have been translated for use in more than 30 countries. Yet he is best known for his artistic images and unexpected views of everyday places around the globe.

Be sure to stick around after the presentation for a Q/A session, webinar specific discount codes for our store and to see if you’re the winner of the copy of the Topaz Complete Collection we’ll be giving away exclusively to a lucky viewer.

From RAW to Ready, a workflow webinar, presented by Nichole Paschal (58:17)

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We are happy to welcome back Nichole Paschal for this workflow focused webinar. Join us as she demonstrates creative post-processing workflows from RAW files to final images using Camera Raw, Photoshop, Topaz DeNoise, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Texture Effects, Topaz B&W Effects and more.

Unleashing your Artistic Vision with Texture Effects 2 presented by Joe Reardon

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Join photographer and workshop leader Joe Reardon for an in-depth session on the New Topaz Texture Effects 2. Joe will be demonstrating how he uses Texture Effects 2 in his workflow as well as Adjust, Black & White Effects and more.

Joe is a New Hampshire based freelance photographer, workshop leader and instructor. He is a juried artist at the New Hampshire Art Association, Plymouth Center for the Arts, South Shore Art Association, Cambridge Art Association, Copely Society of Art and Rockport Art Association. Joe regularly leads workshops and software training in and around the New England area and has had his work displayed in both the US Senate and the US Congress.

Be sure to stick around for Webinar Specific discounts & 2 see if you’re one of the winners of the 2 copies of Topaz Texture Effects 2 that we’ll be giving away.

Crafting Your Images with Topaz Adjust, Clarity, and B&W Effects, presented by John Barclay (45:04)

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We are happy to welcome back John Barclay, pro photographer and workshop leader, who will demonstrate how he is using Topaz B&W Effects, Texture Effects, Impression, Glow, Clarity and Adjust in his current creative workflow.

John is an award winning freelance photographer based in Bucks County PA. John is a passionate photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader, leading workshops and tours around the world. Recently, John was invited to join National Geographic Photographers Jonathan Kingston, Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke to co-lead the “See the Light Seminar” in Molokai Hawaii.

In addition, John was personally selected by Dewitt to be part of the www.HealingImages.org project and he was the recipient of an excellence award from B&W Magazine.

Stick around till the end to see if you’ve won the copy of the Topaz Complete Collection we’ll be giving away to a lucky viewer!

Crafting Your Images with Topaz, presented by John Barclay (48:16)

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We are happy to welcome back John Barclay, pro photographer and workshop leader, who will demonstrate how he is using Topaz B&W Effects, Texture Effects, Impression, Clarity and Adjust in his current creative workflow.

John is an award winning freelance photographer based in Bucks County PA. John is a passionate photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader, leading workshops and tours around the world. Recently, John was invited to join National Geographic Photographers Jonathan Kingston, Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke to co-lead the “See the Light Seminar” in Molokai Hawaii.

In addition, John was personally selected by Dewitt to be part of the www.HealingImages.org project and he was the recipient of an excellence award from B&W Magazine.

Crafting Your Images with Topaz, presented by John Barclay (43:02)

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We are happy to welcome back John Barclay, pro photographer and workshop leader, who will demonstrate how he is using Topaz B&W Effects, Texture Effects, Impression, Clarity and Adjust in his current creative workflow.

John is an award winning freelance photographer based in Bucks County PA. John is a passionate photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader, leading workshops and tours around the world. Recently, John was invited to join National Geographic Photographers Jonathan Kingston, Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke to co-lead the “See the Light Seminar” in Molokai Hawaii.

In addition, John was personally selected by Dewitt to be part of the www.HealingImages.org project and he was the recipient of an excellence award from B&W Magazine.

Travel Through Time with Topaz Plugins, presented by Joel Wolfson (50:33)

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From vintage to modern, join internationally published photographer and imaging expert Joel Wolfson as he debuts the just-released Texture Effects to recreate the look of various techniques from photo history as well as those for today. Joel will show you step-by-step, how this versatile and innovative new plug-in along with some of his other Topaz favorites can be used to easily create a huge variety of “looks”, whether an ambrotype, Polaroid transfer, retro posterization, or something contemporary. He’ll show you how to create your own presets, share them with others, and download from the community, all within Texture Effects!

Joel conducts photo workshops worldwide from his native Southwest to Italy, France and other locales. His roster of notable clients include Newsweek, Elle, Seventeen, Houghton Mifflin, and corporate clients such as Apple, AT&T, 3M, United Airlines and Pillsbury. His technical articles on digital imaging have been translated for use in more than 30 countries. Yet he is best known for his artistic images and unexpected views of everyday places around the globe.

The Art of Selective Masking with ReMask

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Selective masking can be an important tool in creating original digital art.  Black and white photos are very distinctive and can range form the very subtle to the very dramatic, but there are times when a well-placed touch of color can make a photo stand out in the crowd.

I will demonstate just how easy it is to add a a bit of selective color to photos using ReMask 5 . As I discovered the power of ReMask, it has played an invaluable role in my approach to photography. I am not always looking to demonstrate reality in my work and ReMask allows me unlimited creative possibilities. When traveling I am always looking for subjects I can use in the future with ReMask.

I have also used Topaz B&W Effects in this process. When I am looking to convert color to black and white this is simply the best program there is. The host programs I work with are PaintShop Pro and Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud.  For this tutorial I will be using PaintShop Pro.

The photo I have chosen to selectively mask was taken at the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington Virginia. It was an honor to see the Marine Corps Graduating Class of Embassy Guards in front of this very famous Memorial.

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How to Prepare for Battle with a Photograph (46:01)

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When it comes to photographic post processing, strategy is an absolute must. No one goes to battle without a plan, likewise, no photo should be edited without a strategy in mind. Our featured guest, Blake Rudis, will arm you with the essential strategies to prepare your plan of attack on artistic photo post processing.

Blake is a Photoshop enthusiast with a strong fine art background. From painting in front of the TV with Bob Ross as a child to printmaking and sculpture, he has always had a passion for anything creative. He currently has a thing for HDR photography and you can see more of his images and Photoshop tutorials at EverydayHDR.com.