bw2Topaz Labs is excited to announce that Topaz B&W Effects 2.1 has been released!  This is a free upgrade for all users who have already purchased Topaz B&W Effects.

If you have yet to test out B&W Effects, download a free 30-day trial here. Or if you wish to purchase the software, enter bw21 at checkout to receive an additional 30% off B&W Effects + the full Bundle.

Upgrading Your Software: 

1. B&W Effects 2.1 can be downloaded from our downloads page:

  • Click on either the Mac or Win icon to start the download process.


2. Install the updated version and restart your host program. If you need more help, see the setup page.

Knowledge Base Article

License Keys and Activation: In case you are asked to enter your license key, you can do so by entering it into the bottom left Menu->Enter Key once inside of B&W Effects 2.1 (your previous key will activate the program). If you have lost your key you can look it up here.

Uninstalling Previous Versions:

It is not necessary to uninstall B&W Effects 1, however you may if you would like. To uninstall:

  • Windows users: Uninstall from your Control Panel
  • Mac users: Delete the B&W Effects 1 folder in Macintosh HD->Library->Application Support->Topaz Labs

New features include: 

A Zone System: Allows users to identify various zones in their images as well as observe the changes in zones as exposure and other adjustments are made. This is not an adjustment tool, but a visual aid.

Screen Shot 2013-04-04 at 10.41.40 AM

Each number relates to a tonal range (0-3 are shadows, 4-7 are mid-tones and 8-10 are highlights) . In this case, ‘3’ was selected. The blue color will show where that particular zone is in the photo:

Screen Shot 2013-04-04 at 10.43.19 AM

Borders: Prior versions of B&W Effects only had a choice of 2 borders: Solid Black or Solid White. This version adds many more options!


Screen Shot 2013-04-04 at 4.23.27 PM

Tone Quicktools: Similar to the Color Filter buttons, quicktools have been added for Silver and Paper toning for:

1. Selenium, 2. Cyanotype (Gold/Blue), 3. Copper (Red), 4. Sepia and 5. Antique Dye

*The 6th, white teardrop refers to No Tone


Apply Button: This feature allows a user to apply changes without having to exit the program. Multiple presets can be applied one on top of another and so forth.

Language Support: B&W v2.1 supports Spanish, French, German, (Brazilian) Portugese, Japanese and Chinese (Simplified and Taiwanese). If your machine has one of these languages set in the region/language settings, the UI will be rendered in that language.

We hope you enjoy the newest release. Feel free to post any feedback in the comment area below. Thanks and enjoy!

*A special thanks to these photographers for submitting their photos to be part of the banner:

Blake Rudis, Serge Gagné, Andrew Frost,  Charlie Poehls, Joe Reardon, Emilio D’alise, Mark Hathaway, and David Wares

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