Through the photo industry insanity that seems to come along every time Photokina shows up, it’s easy to let other announcements fall through the cracks. Topaz has quietly announced yet another brand new program, and it is awesome. Topaz takes aim at the digital painting software realm with Topaz Impression. On sale through September for 25% off as an introductory offer (use code SEPIMPRESSION at checkout) CLICK HERE, it may be the creative kick you’ve been looking for. Come on in to see more…
If I were to ask you, which black and white software do you feel is the best out right now, what would you say? NIK Silver Efex Pro? Alien Skin Exposure 6? OnOne Perfect B&W? Topaz B&W Effects? While I can, and would make arguments for a couple of these, I have to say that this question for Mac users just got a whole lot harder.
– Retro Style V -
If you missed it, Topaz is offering their popular plugin Adjust for half off through the month of August. I’ve already shilled for it, but this morning I got the Topaz newsletter which included 20 new, free presets for Adjust users. I’ve downloaded and played around with them and they’re a great bundling of retro/vintage filters. I ran this portrait through each of them and I’m impressed with more than a few. If you’ve not yet checked out Adjust, you can download the full trial for free HERE (click on ‘buy adjust’ and find the trial link at the bottom of the page). If you want to purchase it, you can do so HERE and enter “augadjust” to get it for 50% off (now $25 through the end of the month). If you do choose to buy it, or already have it and didn’t get the newsletter, might I suggest going to the Topaz Newsletter HERE to download the 20 new, free filters (button at the top right) and follow the easy instructions to add them to your library of filters for Adjust (at the bottom of the article). Come on in to see more versions, showing a few more of these cool filters.
Topaz keeps offering deals. This month, it is Adjust which is probably the marquee plugin for them. A little bit of everything from toning filters to sharpening and contrast boosting filters. With the new release by way of version 5.1, Topaz Adjust has further streamlined the interface to fall into line with the other recent updates and releases. Download the free trial or buy Topaz Adjust HERE. Enter the code “augadjust” at checkout through August 31st to get 50% off (normally $50, now $25!).
Come on in for a bit more insight into this affordable and cool detail enhancement plugin…
If you hadn’t heard, Topaz has ReMask on sale for half off this month, and they’ve also just updated it to version 4!
- enter “julyremask” to get 50% off
If you own ReMask3, simply download and instal the newer version from the link above and you’re golden!
The interface has been streamlined and simplified while it still provides the same amazing tool for the extraction of subjects by simple, quick and efficient selection and masking for a variety of host programs.
I’ve reviewed ReMask twice and continue to find uses for it which saves me an amazing amount of time in Photoshop. I’ve rambled on about it but it really is an amazing tool and time saver which I’d suggest trying out for yourself. With the new version, it has streamlined it into a quicker, more user-friendly interface which falls in line with the more recent design changes for other Topaz plugins. Click these links to see my reviews and simple tutorials if interested:
Try it out. We have until the end of this month to take advantage of the 50% off sale.
Enjoy and feel free to fire off any questions, I’d love to try and help answer them.
Another month, another killer Topaz sale. This time around, it’s ReMask. On sale for half off through the end of the month, they’re also going to be offering a free, “substantial” update for existing customers, so if you’re a ReMask user, get on it! I’d reviewed Re-Mask a while ago, and I have been using it religiously since. You can find Re-Mask HERE via the Topaz website for 50% off!!! ($35, normally $70) Use code “julyremask” to get the discount. If you’d like to hear more about my thoughts and see a quick example/tutorial on how to get started with it, come on in…
I first stumbled into my relationship with Topaz by way of their edge manipulation and texture smoothing plugin, Clean (on sale through May for 50% off HERE, use “mayclean” at checkout). Normally $30, you can get it for $15 currently. I had been trying to find a way to replicate the effects of Fractalius, which is a PC only plugin. Through my exploration, I found my way to Topaz Clean, and the rest is history. (you can read my Fractalius for Mac post HERE). While not a perfect substitute, there are ways to utilize the edge manipulation in Clean to get a similar effect and because of this initial review, it began my Topaz obsession which has grown to include DeNoise, ReMask, Clarity, ReStyle, B&W Effects, Star Effects, Detail and Simplify. Come on in for a couple examples and my thoughts.