Within Topaz ReStyle you’ll find hundreds of presets, commonly referred to as ‘styles’ or ‘looks’. Each of these presets was created from a source image; the technology within ReStyle identifies the dominant colors within the source image and records that data into a preset, listing the colors from primary to the fifth most dominant (some presets will only have 3 or 4 dominant colors).

Create a preset from scratch with ReStyle

Interested in creating your own preset in ReStyle? Follow these simple steps to learn how to create a custom effect based on your image’s color data.

Step 1:

  • Choose a photo that you think has an interesting color palette.
  • Try to choose a photo that isn’t monochromatic. An image with a variety of hues is ideal, unless a monochrome preset is what you’re going for.
  • You may opt to alter the colors of your photo before bringing it into ReStyle. For this example I choose a photo from my Instagram feed (the ‘Nashville’ filter had previously been applied).

Austin, Texas

Step 2:

  • Open Topaz ReStyle.
  • Press ‘Reset’ to rid of any previously applied effects.
  • To create a preset, click on the ‘+’ symbol (bottom left corner).

Create a preset from scratch with ReStyle

Step 3:

  • Fill out the information for your new preset accordingly.
  • You’ll also have the option to create a new Collection in which you can store your presets under.
  • Press ‘OK’ to save the preset.

Create a preset from scratch with ReStyle

  • It’ll take a few seconds for the program to record your image’s color data. You’ll see a status bar at the bottom of your screen indicating that the program is reading your image and creating a preset out of it. 
  • Once complete, you can find the preset under the collection you saved it under.

Create a preset from scratch with ReStyle

Step 4:

  • In the right hand panel of the interface, expand the ‘ReStyle’ module and you’ll find that you have the options to adjust the hue, saturation and luminance of the five primary colors within the image.

Create a preset from scratch with ReStyle

  • You may choose to apply that preset to a new image.

Create a preset from scratch with ReStyle

  • Don’t forget that you may bring graphics into ReStyle, making the creative possibilities endless with the program.
  • Pinterest is a great resource for finding color schemes in which you can create your own custom graphic from. Just search ‘color scheme’ or ‘color palette’.
  • Or try a site such as Design Seeds to find inspirational color palettes, like this one, named ‘Global Hues’:


Photo © Design Seeds®
  • Create a similar color palette within Photoshop. You do not need to be exact.

Create a preset from scratch with ReStyle

  • Bring your graphic into ReStyle to create your custom preset:

Create a preset from scratch with ReStyle

  • Apply it to a fitting image or save it for later application.
Create a preset from scratch with ReStylePhoto © Scott Stulberg

I hope this tutorial has given you your daily dose of creative inspiration! Both presets created in today’s tutorial are available for download to the right, plus a few bonus ones! All you need to do is import the preset into your program to use them.

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