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.
Finding the Perfect Look
For this demo, I’ll be working with this portrait by Scott Stulberg. The image has already received skin-smoothing, but could use a dose of ReStyle to give it a high-fashion look. Here’s how you can accomplish this task using Topaz ReStyle (if you don’t own ReStyle, download a free 30-day trial here).
Searching for Presets in Grid-View Mode
- Start by applying any technical fixes like skin smoothing, blemish removal, teeth whitening and so on.
- Open your image in a host editor that supports layers. For this demo I’ll be working with Photoshop as my host editor.
- Duplicate your background layer (ctrl/cmd + J).
- Open ReStyle from the Photoshop Filter menu.
- In the left panel under Collections, click either the Portrait or Fashion collection to expand its list of presets.
- Click on the grid-view icon in the Presets toolbar to view many presets at once. This will make it easier to find the right effect.
- Sometimes it’s good to have a refresher of what the original image looks like, so press the spacebar to view the original image while in grid-view mode.
- If you find a look that you like, click on the camera icon underneath the preset to take a “snapshot” of it. This will temporarily place that effect into your snapshots folder, (this icon ). Note that snapshots do not save and will be reset once you exit the program.
- Once you are done browsing through the Fashion collection, you can access the snapshots folder from the top menu in grid-view mode. Here are the snapshots I took (a few that stand out to me include Ghostly Redwood, Copper Contrasts and High Contrast Tan):
- Discovering similar effects is easy. Click on the magnifying glass icon under a preset to find effects like it.
- You can also click on a specific color within a preset to find other effects with that exact, or close-to color.
- Once you are finished browsing through presets, click on the icon in the top right corner to return back to the home screen.
Deciding Upon a Look, Using Opacity and Blending Modes
- Now that you have decided upon a select series of potential effects, access the snapshots from your presets toolbar.
- Click each preset to see what it looks like.
- For this image, I really like the effect High Contrast Tan. Use the spacebar to toggle between the original and edited image. Or you can view the before and after side-by-side by pressing on this icon in the top menu bar .
- Remember, you have the option to reduce the opacity of the effect as well as apply a blending mode. Both of these options are available in the right menu within the ReStyle toolbar. For this example I reduced the High Contrast Tan effect to around 60%.
- Sometimes it is difficult to select which effect to use, but just remember to go with your gut. It helps to walk far back from the screen and view the result from a distance. Or you can leave the screen for a few minutes and come back to the effect to see if you truly like it.
- Don’t second-guess yourself. If you found that you liked something originally, but are second-guessing moments later, try deciding on the effect that had the biggest initial impression on you. If you thought, “wow this looks good!” the first time, but are second-guessing yourself a moment later, go with your original thought.
- If you are really struggling, ask a friend with a good eye what he or she thinks. You can even post to our forum to receive feedback from the Topaz community.
- If you are undecided between effects and wish to apply different effects to the same image, this is possible to do. There is not an apply button within ReStyle, so you’ll have to press OK to save the effect, then bring another background copy layer (or the same layer) into ReStyle to apply a different preset to your image.
- REMEMBER: snapshots do not save…they are lost once you exit the program. So if you find a variety of looks that you want to apply to the same image, be sure to click on the star icon to save the preset to your Favorites folder. That way you can easily return back to that effect once you re-enter the program (without having to search for it again).
Here are other perfect looks that were created with Topaz ReStyle:
This result was achieved with effects applied from the Fashion Collection: Ghostly Redwood with a luminosity blending mode in ReStyle and the Jasmine Fever preset applied to a separate layer. Back in Photoshop the opacity of the Ghostly Redwood effect was brought to around 50%, blending in the Jasmine Fever layer underneath with it.
The above look was achieved by applied three different effects to three different layers, which were then blended in with one another back in Photoshop. These three presets from the Moody, Graphic and Fashion collections were used: Royal Blue and Apricot, Wine Dregs, and Ghostly Redwood.
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A special thanks to Scott Stulberg, whose images were demoed in this tutorial. Check out some of his amazing work here: www.asa100.com