Unleashing your vision with Topaz Labs and Topaz Studio, presented by Joe Reardon

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Join Joe Reardon as he shares his workflow utilizing Studio and it’s powerful masking. He’ll show how he uses Studio and Topaz Plugins like Black and White, Clarity, Impression, Lens Effects and Simplify.

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, Rockport Art Association and the Copley Society of Art.

He 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 after the presentation for a short Q/A with Joe, webinar specific coupon codes, and to see if you’re one of the winners of the Topaz Studio Go Pro pack we’ll be giving away. 

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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Editing Newborn and Baby Photos (45:08)

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Join Nichole Paschal as she demonstrates a full workflow blueprint, covering common newborn and baby portrait issues like red skin and blemishes. Photoshop CC and multiple Topaz programs including Clarity, B&W Effects, Lens Effects and Clean will be used for this editing tutorial.

How to Edit Outdoor Family Portraits (49:38)

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In this session, Nichole Paschal will demonstrate a simple portrait editing workflow without skin smoothing and then walk through a more in depth workflow including skin smoothing. Photoshop CC and multiple Topaz programs, including Clarity, Lens Effects and Clean will be used for this editing tutorial.

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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Transform Your Photo into a Surreal Work of Art

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In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to extract a subject (in this case a tree) from its background using the Color Range brushes in Topaz ReMask.

We’ll then apply selective adjustments by bringing out the tonalities & exposure in the tree using Topaz Clarity, followed by enhancing the tree’s edge texture using Topaz Clean.

To finalize the image, we’ll bring the background into Topaz Lens Effects to create an abstract, dreamy background.

So if you’re tired of your same ole editing workflow and looking to try something new, download the image to the right (or use your own) and follow along!

Don’t own the plugins used in this tutorial? Download a free 30-day trial here.

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On Safari with Bobbie Goodrich: Creative Interpretation of African Wildlife

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Join fine art and wildlife photographer photographer Bobbie Goodrich as she demonstrates her creative interpretations of wildlife imagery using Topaz software.  See the amazing transformations as she uses Topaz ReStyle, Lens Effects and Simplify.

Bobbie is a published and award-winning fine art & wildlife photographer based in Santa Fe, NM.  She conducts workshops and photo tours to exotic locations throughout Africa, Europe and South America, as well as digital photography post production workshops at her studio in Santa Fe.  Her limited edition works have been honored in several museum exhibitions and she is also represented by the Zuva Gallery in Scottsdale, Bentley Publishing and Licensing and Rosenstiel Fine Art Editions in the UK.