Textures & Beyond – Creativity with Topaz

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By Hazel Meredith, APSA, MNEC, Meredith Images

This tutorial uses several Topaz products – Impression; Lens Effects; Simplify; and Texture Effects. We will modify two texture images before applying them to our subject image. You can follow along using the same images by downloading them from this link.

You can do this project in Photoshop CS/CC; PS Elements; or any program that allows you to do layers.
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Impressionistic Views

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Create a Whole New World

So you’ve been editing images for awhile and you’ve figured out what works for your workflow to achieve your “look.” Today, we are going to enhance some images a little more non-traditionally. Whether you’ve been looking for a new interesting way to edit your images or maybe you just enjoy compositing. Either way, this tutorial can give a fun twist to images that otherwise may have been trashed.

For this tutorial, we are going to be using two programs Topaz ReMask and Topaz Impression. If you don’t own these programs, feel free to try them free for 30 days. Simply click the links above.

For a Limited Time: Save 25% on Impression with coupon code LOVEIMPRESSION. Save 25% on ReMask with coupon code LOVEREMASK.

Coupons valid until 3/15/17. Coupons valid one per order.
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Tell Your Visual Story with Topaz Labs pt 2, presented by Rad Drew (41:24)

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Join photographer and educator Rad Drew for this Workflow and artistic webinar as he shows his method of using Topaz tools to turn your images into works of art. Whether using Topaz Impressions or Topaz Texture Effects, see how Rad Drew processes images using these and other Topaz products to create beautiful works from color and Infrared images.

Rad A. Drew is professional photographer and award-winning iPhoneographer whose creative iPhone images have been recognized in juried international competitions and exhibited in galleries around the world. Using Topaz tools allows Rad to create effects similar to those he creates using the iPhone, but with greater control and higher resulting image quality. Rad teaches photography and leads tours throughout the United States and Cuba, and is slated to lead his first international workshops this year in the south of France.

RAW to Envisioned with Bobbie Goodrich using Impression 2 (47:45)

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Join us at TOPAZ on October 18th and watch Bobbie Goodrich a multi- talented photographer show how she meshes her technical skills and her artistic vision, transforming her RAW capture into dramatic works of art using TOPAZ IMPRESSION 2. Bobbie will demonstrate her masterly techniques and be sure to dazzle everyone with her painterly brush strokes, beautiful color harmonies and light effects.

Don’t forget to stick around for special discount codes  specific to the webinar and a to see if you’re the new winner of the Topaz Complete Collection.

A Touch of Art with Harold Davis and Topaz (42:09)

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NOTE: The presentation talks more about processes than our traditional workflow webinars, join Harold Davis as he explains the why behind the how of his editing workflow.

Master photographer Harold Davis is well known for his books, prints, and extraordinary images of a wide variety of subject matter. “I’ve been called a digital artist who uses photographs as my source material,” he says, “and I believe this is a good way to consider my work.” Harold Davis likes to take his imagery slightly beyond conventional photography using digital painting, but not so far beyond photography that he would “lose the suspension of disbelief inherent in the photographic capture.”

In creating this syncretic mixture of photography and digital art, Harold Davis says that among his favorite “go-to tools are the brilliant Topaz Labs Photoshop plugins.”

In this webinar, Harold will explain how he uses Topaz Adjust, Topaz Simplify, Topaz Glow 2, and Topaz Impressions 2, and provide concrete examples. He’ll discuss two of his ideas about using special effects in Photoshop: If you’ve ever wanted to know how the Hegelian triad and homeopathy relate to the use of the Topaz plugins in Photoshop, this may be the webinar for you. Finally, he’ll explain how he uses a touch of Topaz in his workflow to create his unique photographic art.

There will be time for Q&A following the webinar.

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is the author of eighteen bestselling photography books, most recently Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer: A Photographer’s Creative Companion and Workbook, published by Focal Press. His new book, The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook: Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos, is slated for early 2017 publication by Monacelli Press. A Zeiss Lens Ambassador and Moab Master, Harold’s work has been published in books, advertisements, cards, posters, and in art editions. His prints are widely collected. As a workshop leader he is constantly in demand.  Harold is on the faculty at institutions including the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography, Maine Media Workshops, and Point Reyes Field Seminars.

Tell Your Visual Story with Creative Effects from TopazLabs, presented by Rad Drew (47:24)

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Photography is about story telling and today’s post-processing tools can help us craft the story we’re telling almost as much as the shooting of the image. In this webinar, Rad will show you how he uses TopazLabs products such as Adjust, Impression, Glow, and Texture Effects, to help him tell a story with his color and infrared images.

Rad A. Drew is a passionate photographer and award-winning iPhoneographer whose creative iPhone images have been recognized in juried international competitions and exhibited in galleries around the world. Using Topaz tools allows Rad to create effects on the computer that are similar to those he creates using the iPhone, but with greater control and higher resulting image quality. Rad is a favored speaker who teaches photography and leads tours throughout the United States, Cuba, and Europe. This spring he completed his first successful tour in the south of France, is heading back to Cuba in November for his 7th time, and is slated to lead a tour in Ireland in August 2017.

Don’t forget to stick around for custom discounts and to see if you’re the winner of the Topaz Complete Collection 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!

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.

 

Note: 
Impression is now accessible as an adjustment through Topaz Studio. In order to launch Impression through Topaz Studio, simply select the Topaz Impression Workflow under the “Specialty” section of the workflow panel.


Learn how to accomplish the following in this tutorial:

  • Getting started with Impression
  • 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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Unleashing your Artistic Vision with Impression 2 presented by Joe Reardon (49:34)

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Join photographer and workshop leader Joe Reardon for an in-depth session on the New Topaz Impression 2. Joe will be demonstrating how he uses Impression 2 in his workflow to highlight his images detail and add movement and emotion to his photos, featuring Topaz Impression 2, Adjust, Clarity 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.

Many Paths to a Masterpiece, presented by Joel Wolfson (55:05)

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If all goes well you conceive your final image in your mind’s eye using visualization and create a path to it from capture onward. Other times there is discovery along the way where you may alter your image, perhaps just converting to black and white or even a complete departure and transformation from your original capture. All those paths can lead to your masterpiece. Join imaging expert and internationally published photographer Joel Wolfson as he shows you how Topaz plug-ins can help you create your masterpiece following different paths. Joel will show you some of his own paths and techniques using Adjust, Clarity, B&W Effects, the NEW Impression 2.0, and other favorites.

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.