The Art of Selective Masking with ReMask
Presented by: Gary Lamott Software covered: BW Effects, ReMask
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.
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!
Masking Hair with ReMask 4
Presented by: Denise Silva Software covered: ReMask
In this tutorial learn how to extract wispy hairs from the background using ReMask’s 4 advanced masking technology. The finale of this tutorial will then demonstrate how to place the extracted image onto a new background.
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Finding Your Photographic Style, presented by Blake Rudis
Presented by: Blake Rudis Software covered: Clarity, Clean, Impression, ReMask, ReStyle
For every photographer it is important to have a specific style that is genuine to you. This really is not something you can learn…your style essentially finds you and ultimately defines you. Join Blake Rudis as he shows how you can polish and refine your artistic style with several Topaz Products.
Transform Your Photo into a Surreal Work of Art
Presented by: Darcy Wheeler Software covered: Clarity, Clean, Lens Effects, ReMask
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!
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Creative Sky Replacement with ReMask
Presented by: Darcy Wheeler Software covered: Clarity, ReMask
The conditions of outdoor lighting and nature can be sporadic. Mother Nature may not always grant you the most ideal weather when on a photo shoot; a flat, cloudless sky reflecting nothingness into the water beneath it may not be something you want to put in your portfolio or share to Facebook & Instagram (as compared to a magnificent painter’s sunset).
Knowing when the sky will be a beaut isn’t always easy to detect. Usually post-storm or pre-storm skies can produce interesting lighting as the sun sets, however there is no particular device (to my knowledge) that tells you when the sky will be brilliantly filled with vibrant colors.
Luckily, you can use masking tools, like Topaz ReMask, to replace a boring sky with a more interesting one!
Topaz user Gary Lamott has shared his method for replacing an average sky & water reflection using ReMask, Clarity and PaintShop Pro. So follow along and learn how to transform a plain sky into something worth displaying on your wall! (download example image to the right – photo for personal use only please.)
Photography Drawing™ (PhtD) with Topaz B&W Effects
Presented by: Julia Anna Gospodarou Software covered: BW Effects, Clarity, DeNoise, Detail, ReMask
Guest tutorial by Julia Anna Gospodarou
In this tutorial I will make a demonstration of how I use the Topaz plugins in my Photography Drawing™ (PhtD – in short) workflow and what I consider as the best plugins and features to use when processing a B&W image, a long exposure architectural photograph in my case, so you can get the results I’m getting in my work and that brought me numerous awards and distinctions.
The image I will demonstrate my workflow on is Fluid Time II, from the series Fluid Time which is an image of the Prudence Plaza building, shot in Chicago using a Canon 5D MKIII camera and a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt-shift lens. The image was shot with 8.5 degrees tilt at 45 degrees rotation of the lens, so to create the characteristic tilt-shift blur on specific portions of the image (upper and lower side of the image, diagonally disposed), and it was realized with the technique of long exposure (121 seconds exposure). To create the long exposure effect I used two stacked ND filters – 10+3 stops in total, the Formatt-Hitech ProStop IRND Joel Tjintjelaar Signature Edition.
Quick Tip Thursday – Mask Complex Objects in Minutes
Presented by: Nichole Paschal Software covered: ReMask
Trying to mask complicated subjects like trees or veils usually becomes tedious, time-consuming and quite frustrating. In this session, Nichole Paschal will demonstrate the tools in ReMask that make these difficult tasks easier, faster and more precise.
Advanced Masking Techniques
Presented by: Nichole Paschal Software covered: ReMask
One of the most technical post-processing skills photographers are faced with is the task of removing a subject from a complicated background in a photograph. Join Nichole Paschal as she demonstrates advanced techniques in Topaz ReMask which will allow you to tackle any masking situation that comes your way.