Transform Your Photo into a Surreal Work of Art
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.
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
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.)Continue Reading
Photography Drawing™ (PhtD) with Topaz B&W Effects
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.Continue Reading
Quick Tip Thursday – Mask Complex Objects in Minutes (13:12)
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
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.
Quick Tip Thursday – Quick Guide to ReMask
Have you previously tried masking but found it difficult and didn’t get the results you desired? If so, you won’t want to miss this quick session on Topaz ReMask. Join Nichole Paschal as she shows you how masking is made easy with just a few steps in ReMask.
Creating a miniature effect using tilt-shift and Topaz plug-ins (27:31)
Audience: This series is designed for users who are already familiar with the basics of Topaz Plug-ins, and are interested in learning some quick tips and tricks to improve their Topaz workflow.
Using multiple Topaz programs, including Clean, Lens Effects and ReMask, Greg Rostami was able to transform an image of the Staples Center into this unique and realistic miniature scene. How was he able to produce this image? Join Greg, Topaz expert, as he walks you step-by-step through his workflow.