There are several plug-ins within the Topaz software family that can be applied to render old school film and vintage photo effects that were commonly used by photographers in previous years and formats. If you are interested in giving your image a stylized, moody or nostalgic look, read on to find out which programs you should use.


When you open Topaz Adjust 5 (download a free 30 day trial), navigate to the Film Collection. There you will find more than twenty photographic effects including Bleach Bypass, Lomo, Tungsten Film, Vintage Grunge and so on. I applied the Cross Process IV filter to this image, however the green was a bit too strong for my taste. Before Adjust:


Adjust -> Film -> Cross Process IV

Screen shot 2014-01-24 at 12.34.01 PMTo change the green tint to a different color, go to Finishing Touches and select the Tone panel. Then click on the green swatch in the Color 3 Region and change the hue to something a bit cooler. I preferred a purple tone for this image to help complement the warm values of yellow.

Screen shot 2014-01-24 at 12.35.00 PM Screen shot 2014-01-24 at 12.35.12 PMAlong with tone, you can also change the amount of grain, temperature and vignette as desired. Here’s the final product:

PublicMarketFlowersafterAside from the Film Collection, be sure to check out the Toned Collection within Adjust which contains presets such as Split Tone, Colored Sepia, Colored Selenium and other vintage photo effects.

Black and White Effects

Topaz Black and White Effects is virtually a film simulation program. Just about every collection portrays old film techniques (minus the Stylized Collection which contains around half of that). Darkroom processes within the program include: Traditional, Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Opalotype, Albumen and Platinum collections. The great thing about Black and White Effects is that it contains similar technology as Adjust, including adaptive exposure and regions so be sure to take advantage of this while in the program!

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Lens Effects

This program is a virtual camera lens and filter bag. Unlike Adjust and B&W Effects, collections of presets do not exist within the program; rather presets are grouped into camera, filter, lens, and bokeh effects. For this particular example I first went to Single Tone Filter and applied the Old School Haze II.  I then applied a custom tilt-shift effect to blur out the foreground. Before Lens Effects:

stairs original

Lens Effects -> Single Tone Filter-> Old School Haze II

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Final Image

stairs afterIf you wish to learn more about the vintage filters and effects found in the Topaz plug-ins, check out this YouTube video for additional information and tips on adding unique and stylized effects to your image. You can also download a free 30 day trial to test the software out.

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