From RAW to Ready: A Black and White Photo Editing Workflow
Presented by: Nichole Paschal Software covered: BW Effects, Camera Raw, Clarity, DeNoise, Photoshop
In this editing session, Nichole Paschal will demonstrate a post-processing workflow from a RAW file to a print-ready black and white image. Camera Raw, Photoshop and multiple Topaz programs, including DeNoise, Clarity and B&W Effects will be used for this editing tutorial.
An Image Sharpening Trick You Must Try
Presented by: Gabriel Fontes Software covered: DeNoise, Photoshop
Using Topaz DeNoise to sharpen an image? Now that’s something new to us. A technique he invented, watch as photographer Gabriel Fontes teaches you how to sharpen a high-ISO image without worsening the noise artifacts.
About the presenter: A 17 year old from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Fontes shoots with a Pentax K-3 and variety of lenses. Check out his 500px account here.
Reader’s special: Get $20 off Topaz DeNoise during the month of June with the coupon code junedenoise.
How to Colorize a Black and White Image
Presented by: Darcy Wheeler Software covered: Lens Effects, Photoshop, ReMask, ReStyle
Whether it be a film scan or a digital black and white photo, here’s a fun method for adding color back into your image using Topaz Labs. Feel free to download some sample images to the right so that you can follow along!
Create Fantasy Eyes with Topaz Glow
Presented by: Darcy Wheeler Software covered: Clarity, Clean, Glow, Photoshop
Follow this simple tutorial to learn how you can creatively apply Topaz Glow to create sparkling fantasy eyes. After fantasy eyes are generated, we’ll complete the image with finishing methods for smoothing skin, brightening eyes and enhancing color.
How to Remove Blemishes with Topaz Labs & Photoshop
Presented by: StudentStock Software covered: DeNoise, Photoshop
Using DeNoise for skin smoothing? Who would’ve thought! Watch Mike of StudentStock magically remove pimples & zits in a few easy steps using Topaz Labs’ DeNoise plug-in in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop.
How to create a blurred depth of field
Presented by: Darcy Wheeler Software covered: Lens Effects, Photoshop
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.
Crafting Your Images with Topaz Plugins, presented by John Barclay
Presented by: John Barclay Software covered: BW Effects, Clarity, Impression, Lightroom, Photoshop
John Barclay, pro photographer and workshop leader, demonstrates how he uses the Topaz software 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.
Disarming the Debate of Photo Manipulation
Presented by: Blake Rudis Software covered: Adjust, Clarity, DeNoise, Detail, Photoshop
We hear it all the time, if you manipulate a photo it is no longer a photograph. Or better yet, the proud that claim, “I took this shot, straight out of the camera with no processing!”
So what is the big idea behind photo manipulation and is it something to be ashamed of? Join us with Blake Rudis as he disarms the debate of manipulating your photographs in Photoshop.
Blake is a 3 time self-published author and the founder of EverydayHDR.com & HDRInsider.com. He has recently developed Zone-Edit.com. This site is devoted to his Photoshop post processing technique that utilizes the limitless potential of the Zone System and the power of Photoshop to capitalize on the contrast in any image.
Be sure to visit Blake’s website to download a free Action pack from the tutorial! And be sure to subscribe to Topaz Labs on Youtube!
Correcting Chromatic Aberration with Topaz Clarity
Presented by: Darcy Wheeler Software covered: Clarity, Photoshop
It is not a feature that every lens is graced with. The ability to bring all wavelengths of color into the same convergence point is ideal with optics in photography, however when these wavelengths of color meet at different positions, the result is chromatic aberration (or color fringing).
Purple color fringing
Typically a result of a certain focal length or aperture setting, if you ever happen to come across color fringing in a photo you’ve snapped, here is a simple solution on how to fix it using the HSL panel and edge aware masking technology in Topaz Clarity. (If you don’t own a copy, download a free 30-day trial here.)