Selective image sharpening with Topaz Detail’s Effect Mask

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To obtain a crisp and clear photo, image sharpening in Topaz Detail is an applicable solution as it can emphasize texture, bring out details and add depth to your image. However, image sharpening shouldn’t always be applied globally or to the overall photo. Common areas to be cautious of sharpening include:

  • Skies
  • Water
  • Human Skin
  • An out of focus background (bokeh)
  • Areas with evident high ISO noise
  • Areas of constant/flat color

Masking is a valuable tool as it allows you to pinpoint exactly where you want the sharpening adjustments to be applied. For instance, emphasizing a model’s eyes without sharpening the fine lines in her skin would involve masking.

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Developing a Workflow with Topaz (39:07)

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Join Blake Rudis, creator and host of everydayhdr.com, as he takes you through several workflows that incorporate DeNoise, Detail, Adjust, BW Effects and more. Blake will offer tips on how to simplify the guessing process during a workflow while demonstrating various techniques to add creativity, mood and atmosphere with Topaz software.

Blake is a 3 time self-published author and the founder of EverydayHDR.com & HDRInsider.com. He has recently developed Zone-Edit.com. This site is devoted to his Photoshop post processing technique that utilizes the limitless potential of the Zone System and the power of Photoshop to capitalize on the contrast in any image.

Quick Tip Thursday – Selective Detail Enhancements (11:56)

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Topaz Detail separates an image by detail size, tonal region and color, allowing for precise and powerful detail and sharpening adjustments.  And with the ability to mask in or out detail adjustments, Topaz Detail is the most advanced and powerful detail enhancement program available.  Join Nichole Paschal for a quick and thorough explanation on the several different methods of selectively controlling image details.

Understanding Creative AND Output Sharpening (28:04)

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A sharpening workflow can be broken into several stages: capture sharpening, creative sharpening and output sharpening. Topaz Detail is the best program when you want to apply BOTH creative AND output sharpening during your image processing.  Join Nichole Paschal as she explains and demonstrates a thorough and effective sharpening workflow, focusing in on the creative and output sharpening stages.

The Perfect Program for Nature and Landscape Photography (30:50)

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With the abundance of nature and landscape photography, sometimes an image needs an extra something to really stand out.  Topaz Detail is that extra something!  Join Nichole Paschal as she covers multiple tips and techniques, from basic enhancements to stylized transformations, that you can put to use right away, putting the perfect final touch on your nature and landscape images.

Determining and Controlling Small, Medium and Large Image Details (11:32)

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Topaz Detail internally separates an image into several detail sizes: small, medium and large.  Two of the most common inquiries we get for Topaz Detail is how the program determines the different detail sizes and how to control each individual detail size enhancement.  Join Nichole Paschal for a quick and thorough explanation on how Detail determines image detail sizes, how to identify and how to control each range of of image detail.