How to Neutralize a Color Cast

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A common question we receive from customers here at Topaz is how to correct a color cast. Yellow color casts are a common problem when shooting under incandescent lighting, so here’s a method I’ll share with you on how to accomplish this task using Topaz ReStyle.

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How to Create a Moody Atmosphere

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Have you ever run into an instance where the scene you captured didn’t evoke the emotion you felt at the time? Whether the look you envisioned was lost in translation from eye to camera, or you simply want to alter its mood, look no further than the unique toning effects in Topaz ReStyle.

Follow this tutorial to learn how you can infuse your image with a moody atmosphere using ReStyle’s available tools.

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Discover the Perfect Look for Your Portrait

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Is your portrait photo lacking a particular element? Topaz ReStyle may just be the missing ingredient you’ve been searching for. Containing hundreds of inspiring effects, read these tips to learn how to find the perfect look that’ll transform your image from drab to fab!

Learn how to accomplish the following in this tutorial:

  • How to transform your portraiture by applying a unique color filter.
  • Essential tips on using ReStyle’s search features for finding the perfect look.
  • How to optimize finding the perfect look by utilizing ReStyle’s grid-view mode.
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From RAW to Ready: A Photo Editing Workflow (55:44)

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From simple to complicated, every photographer develops their own post-processing workflows. In this session, Nichole Paschal will demonstrate a basic editing workflow from a RAW image to print ready and then walk through the additional steps taken to transform this forest river image. Photoshop CC and multiple Topaz programs, including Adjust, Clarity, ReStyle and Glow will be used for this editing tutorial.

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.

The Perfect Custom Preset with Topaz ReStyle (7:50)

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Blake Rudis is a 3 time self-published author and the founder of EverydayHDR.com & HDRInsider.com. He has also 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.

There are many times when toning a photo can make it pop off the page, give it a unique feeling, or just clean it up a bit. There are several ways you can tone a photograph and there are even more tones that you can apply to the photo. Just take a stroll through ReStyle, there are thousands of tones, but which one is right? Is there a correct tone for a photo?

I would like to think that there is based on the concepts of Color Theory. In a nutshell, in painting, if you mix a vibrant color with a little bit of its complement you will subdue its affect in the composition to create a more harmonious piece. The same is true in photography.

When I tone an image I like to look at the image and see what the predominant color is. I then apply colors with Curves Adjustments that are opposite of the predominant color on the Color Wheel.

The image below is predominantly Blue.  I would look at the color wheel and see what this color blue’s complement is.  I would use either Yellows or Oranges to boost the tone in the photograph.

The Perfect Custom Preset with Topaz ReStyleWith Topaz ReStyle and a couple of Photoshop tricks, we can use this principle to make compelling compositions.

***Be sure to download the action as well as view the video tutorial***

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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.

The 3-Step Flower Enhancement

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Spring is a time of new life as everything becomes green again. There isn’t a more perfect time to practice macro photography and absorb all the new life that is quickly growing around you. Topaz Labs advanced technology can help you emphasize the intricate details, bring out color, and remove distracting background subjects in all your springtime images. This tutorial uses Clarity, Restyle, and Detail. If you don’t already own these 3 Topaz products, download a free 30-day trial!

About the Image

It was a warm summer afternoon in Texas, when I spotted a row of beautiful sunflowers and decided to snap a few photos including this one:

The 3-Step Flower Enhancement

Here are the equipment and settings for this flower:

  • Camera: Canon Mark III
  • Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm F/4.0
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Exposure: 1/640 sec at f/4.0

It wasn’t the most ideal shot as the sun was directly in front of me, however if you find yourself in this sort of situation where the image is underexposed or something doesn’t feel quite right, do not fret! I always have in the back of my mind that I can correct it in Topaz later on. Just a friendly remember, it’s better to have an underexposed photo where details can be recovered, than an overexposed one where details are lost and cannot be recovered.

Before we get started, if you noticed that there is a distracting element in your photograph, check out this tutorial, Enhancing Macro Photographyon how to remove it, then head back here to enhance your flower image! If you wish to follow along, you can download the original image or use your own!

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Crafting Your Images with Topaz Plugins, presented by John Barclay (44:10)

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We are happy to welcome back John Barclay, pro photographer and workshop leader, who will demonstrate how he is using Topaz Adjust, Clarity, B&W Effects, ReStyle and more in his current creative workflow.

John is an award winning freelance photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader based in Bucks County PA.  He is also an inspirational speaker who has been presenting his program Dream – Believe – Create to audiences around the Country.  John’s work has been published in a number of magazines and books and is treasured by a number of private collectors.