Accentuating Emotion with Topaz Texture Effects
Software covered: Texture Effects Difficulty level: Beginner
Topaz Texture Effects is not only a great way to add textures to your images, it’s also a great way to use those textures to tone your images. Combined with other adjustments like edge blurs and light leaks, it’s easy to use Texture Effects to create virtually any feel.
Emotion is one of the best things about photography, it’s not just about capturing an image, but it’s also about capturing the passion of that moment. In this tutorial i’ll be using Texture Effects to accentuate the emotion in your images.
Learn how to accomplish the following in this tutorial:
- Use Textures to give tone to your images.
- Using the Border Adjustment to texture the edges of your images.
- Using the light leak adjustment to enhance natural light sources in your image.
- Saving an effect
The Art of Selective Masking with ReMask
Software covered: BW Effects, ReMask Difficulty level: Intermediate
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.
How to Prepare for Battle with a Photograph
Software covered: Adjust, BW Effects, Clarity, Impression, Photoshop, ReStyle Difficulty level: Advanced, Intermediate
When it comes to photographic post processing, strategy is an absolute must. No one goes to battle without a plan, likewise, no photo should be edited without a strategy in mind. Our featured guest, Blake Rudis, will arm you with the essential strategies to prepare your plan of attack on artistic photo post processing.
Blake is a Photoshop enthusiast with a strong fine art background. From painting in front of the TV with Bob Ross as a child to printmaking and sculpture, he has always had a passion for anything creative. He currently has a thing for HDR photography and you can see more of his images and Photoshop tutorials at EverydayHDR.com.
How to Emphasize Edge Details
Software covered: Detail, Glow, Photoshop Difficulty level: Beginner
If looking for a unique way to distinguish intricate details such as fur and feathers, look no further than Topaz Glow. Follow along to learn how to emphasize the smaller features in your image, making them crisper and sharper than before. If you don’t already own Glow, download a free 30-day trial of Topaz Glow.
Before we get started, if you noticed that there is a distracting element in your photograph, check out this tutorial, Enhancing Macro Photography, on how to remove it, then head back here to enhance the details of your image!
5 Tools You Need to Know About
Software covered: BW Effects Difficulty level: Beginner, Intermediate
With a comprehensive tool set and over 200 hand-crafted presets, B&W Effects is a powerful black and white conversion program. Join Nichole Paschal as she covers five tools you need to know about when using B&W Effects.
Discover more learning resources on our YouTube channel.
How to Add a Splash of Color to a Black and White Image
Software covered: BW Effects Difficulty level: Beginner
After converting a photo to monochrome, a fun and creative way to draw emphasis towards a particular element of the image is to bring back a splash of color in that specific area.
A feature often overlooked in Topaz B&W Effects is the smart brush color tool. Using edge-aware technology, this localized brush allows you to add back in color to your grayscale image.
Follow along to learn how you can use this feature to add a splash of color to your image.
How to Create a Vintage Matte Look
Software covered: BW Effects Difficulty level: Beginner
A washed out effect with crushed blacks and lessened contrast, the matte look was first developed in antique film processes and is popular in today’s digital photography.
While you can purchase film packages and actions that have replicated this vintage look, the secret to how this effect is created is all in the curve tool. Follow along to learn how you can easily create your own custom matte look using the curve tool in Topaz B&W Effects.
An Image Sharpening Trick You Must Try
Software covered: DeNoise, Photoshop Difficulty level: Beginner, Intermediate
Using Topaz DeNoise to sharpen an image? Now that’s something new to us. A technique he invented, watch as photographer Gabriel Fontes teaches you how to sharpen a high-ISO image without worsening the noise artifacts.
About the presenter: A 17 year old from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Fontes shoots with a Pentax K-3 and variety of lenses. Check out his 500px account here.
Reader’s special: Get $20 off Topaz DeNoise during the month of June with the coupon code junedenoise.
How to Colorize a Black and White Image
Software covered: Lens Effects, Photoshop, ReMask, ReStyle Difficulty level: Intermediate
Whether it be a film scan or a digital black and white photo, here’s a fun method for adding color back into your image using Topaz Labs. Feel free to download some sample images to the right so that you can follow along!
How to Neutralize a Color Cast
Software covered: ReStyle Difficulty level: Beginner
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.