Create Amazing Night Skies with Glow 2

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Do you have a night sky photo that just isn’t as amazing as it appeared through your viewfinder? This tutorial can help add an artistic flare to your photos. Topaz Glow 2 allows you to turn your photographs into masterpieces with the use of varying glow effects. Glow 2 allows you to create images that really pop! 

Today, we’ll cover how Glow 2 can be used to enhance starry night photos. This tutorial will show how varying glow effects can exaggerate those beautiful night sky photos. During this tutorial, the starry night effect will be applied selectively throughout the photo. All this means is some of the image will have the effect applied while other parts, such as mountains or water will be the original. Since we will be masking parts of the image, it is important that you use Glow 2 through a hosting application like Photoshop so that we can properly use the masking functions. If you aren’t familiar with using Glow 2 as a plugin, don’t worry. I will explain all of this in depth in latter steps.

Learn how to accomplish the following in this tutorial:

  • Getting started with Glow 2
  • How to create an effect from start to finish in Glow 2
  • Use ReMask to enhance details such as mountains and water

In this tutorial, I’ll be using an image of a starry snow covered mountain, which you can download here. Glow 2 will help turn this already amazing photograph into a work of art with the perfect focal point or extra flare!

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Creative Essentials with Topaz Plug-ins PLUS The Official Introduction of Glow 2, presented by Joel Wolfson (50:09)

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Ever ask yourself what are the best plug-ins to use for this image? And what is the best way to use them? Join internationally published photographer and imaging expert Joel Wolfson as he shows you how he integrates some of his favorite Topaz plug-ins with Lightroom and Photoshop to create the extra touches necessary for outstanding images. Joel will show you how he uses the new Topaz Glow 2, Clarity, Adjust, ReMask, Detail and more to a creative end.

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.

Be sure to stick around for the giveaway at the end of the webinar to see if you’re one of the 2 lucky winners of Topaz Glow.

All About Black and White, presented by Joel Wolfson (48:01)

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There was a time when black and white photography was all we had. Although color has brought us opportunities that would have been envied long ago, the classic black and white photograph is more highly revered than ever. Drawing on decades of experience starting from when he built his first black and white darkroom at age 13, Photographer and imaging expert Joel Wolfson will take you through his complete process. He’ll start from raw capture to preparation in color, then through conversion and finishing touches to final black and white using his favorite Topaz tools like Clarity, Adjust, Detail, B&W effects and more.

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.

The Art of Selective Masking with ReMask

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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.

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Top 6 Tools in Topaz ReMask (13:37)

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Owning Topaz ReMask is like owning a pair of digital scissors and is filled with tools to help you effortlessly create precise masks and cutouts. Join Nichole Paschal as she goes over the top 6 tools you need to know about when using ReMask.

Masking Hair with ReMask 4 (9:55)

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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.

 

Finding Your Photographic Style, presented by Blake Rudis (51:23)

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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

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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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