Here at Topaz Labs, we can’t get enough of the new and improved Texture Effects 2! It’s faster, it’s more fun, and the possibilities are endless! But we want to tell you more about what’s new in the creative arsenal. We’ve loaded Texture Effects 2 with new creative assets. The update boasts 90 new assets: 10 new borders, 30 new double exposure images, and 50 professionally crafted textures from 2 Lil Owls and Meredith Images, a $60 value.
Texture Effects 2 now supports transparency with PNG and TIFF files! We went ahead and added 10 new borders with transparency to the already extensive collection of borders. But, that’s just the beginning! These new borders were created for you guys from actual instant film transfer images and from real hand painted edges. The new transparent borders can easily have more or less detail, have saturation changes, be perfected with blending modes, and have the perfect opacity.
TIP: When using borders with transparency, try experimenting with different Blending Modes. You can make a variety of looks and styles with this one simple change. Check out the difference with this example image, edited with the effect Flat Neon with an added transparent border:
We’ve added 30 Double Exposure images! We found and added 30 beautiful Double Exposure images to Texture Effects 2 just for you. We added everything from skies to landscapes to patterns. The new double exposure images can be added to create striking images or soft and subtle images.
TIP: Remember, blank spaces work best to add Double Exposure images. You can finesse your image by using Opacity, Masking, and more. Check out these two examples that I made in about 5 minutes:
All of the original textures from Texture Effects are still available within the program, but we’ve also added 50 professionally crafted textures from 2 Lil Owls and Meredith Images! The new textures are a fantastic addition to Texture Effects 2 and open up the possibilities for even more creativity.
2 Lil Owls has provided 30 unique and beautiful textures for use within Texture Effects 2. The Boardwalk Collection features soft and subtly detailed textures available in a rainbow of colors. Customize Textures with Saturation, Opacity, Blend Modes, and more. Love what 2 Lil Owls has to offer? Head over to their website and pick up more textures, brushes, graphics, and more!
Hazel Meredith of Meredith Images has provided 20 bold and colorful textures for Texture Effects 2. The curated collection features bright and strong textures available in a wide variety of styles. Customize Textures with Hue, Detail, Masks, and more. Love what Hazel has done? Check out her website where you can pick up more textures to upload yourself!
TIP: When using textures, I suggest experimenting with different opacities. You can achieve a vast variety of looks and styles with this one simple change. Check out the differences with this example image, edited with the effect Little Blue Bursts with an added Texture and a soft edged Spot Mask over the subject matter:
…or Add Your Own!
If the included new assets aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, you can always upload your own! All three Adjustments have Asset Managers, but I’ll walk you through how to add your own Texture right now!
How to Add Your Own Assets in Texture Effects 2:
Step 1: Simply click on the Open Icon:
Step 2: The Asset Manager will open and you can select a Category or Add Category. Then choose Import:
Step 3: Select your desired files and then select Open:
Step 4: Your files will be imported! Select OK.
Step 5: Your personal assets will now be available to use under the category you selected in Step 2! Select a texture to use. The texture in use will be highlighted in blue.
I want to personally invite you to check out Topaz Labs on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram and see what other users are creating. We also offer free Webinars and have a great Discussion Forum if you’re interested in learning more!
Hope you have fun with Texture Effects 2!
About Jodi L. Robbins
Jodi is currently the Art Director of Topaz Labs. She has been an artist and photographer for over 15 years, starting with black and white film photography and alternative processing. After completing her BFA in Studio Art from Southern Methodist University and her Masters in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked in product photography for companies such as Heritage Auctions, Neiman Marcus, and the Dallas Cowboys.