Have you used Topaz Glow yet? If not, please go to Topaz’ website HERE and download the full free trial of the newly updated, and not quite yet publicly available Glow 2. It’s okay, we’ll wait. Free upgrade (as is Topaz’ awesome policy on every update they offer) and available on sale for 30% off using code “GLOW2” at checkout for new users (normally $69.99 on sale for $48.99). There are a few effects in the digital photography realm that are instant attention grabbers. The Glow effect is one of them.
Glow 2 will not be officially released until Tuesday the 16th, but as a Topaz affiliate, I’m able to share the release with readers early. Go HERE, and you can either try or buy Glow 2.0, 5 days early.
I was a giddy fan when Glow was originally released, and it provided me with a true (and superior) alternative to Fractalius, being a Mac user. So much so, that my original article Fractalius for Mac needed to be updated to replace my designed effect through Topaz Clean 3, to Topaz Glow to replicate the effect for us Mac OS users. Since then, I’ve had a ton of fun with Glow, and find even more pleasure using the free update in Glow 2.
C’mon in to see more…
Need a little artistic inspiration? Try running one of your images through Topaz Impression, a beautiful paint and mixed media plugin and/or Glow, Topaz’ deliciously surreal fractal effect plugin. These two offerings are both on sale for 25% off right now by using the code TOPAZART at checkout over at Topaz Labs HERE. As always, Topaz offers full free trials for those interested, and I’d highly suggest checking them out if these effects suit your style. You can download those free trials directly from Topaz HERE. If you like them, jump on this sale before it disappears.
Come on in to see some more examples and thoughts on how and why I use these two awesome pieces of software in my own work.
Topaz has just released a brand new plugin which aims to put another major artistic tool in your quiver. On sale through December as an introductory promotion, Click HERE to download a free trial or to purchase, and follow along. If you choose to purchase, you can use code “INTROGLOW” to get $20 off through the 31st!
Want to see more? C’mon in and let me introduce you to this cool, new plugin…
*UPDATE!!! December 2014 – Topaz has just released TOPAZ GLOW! A true Fractalius for Mac users!!! Click HERE to go to the Topaz website to download a free trial. It’s awesome.
Using Topaz Glow in place of Topaz Clean gives me much better results.
A fractalius like effect for apple users… (click image to see larger)
No, the developers of Fractalius haven’t quite broken down and offered those of us using macs the plugin we’ve been pining for, but I have found a way to get similar results. You may have seen a very cool effect in the threads or photo pools in your favorite photography forum. I, like many, found myself attracted to the effect produced and became discouraged when I found out that the software that enabled the digital artists I’d been admiring, was a Windows only program. I’m no fanboy, nor do I get paid to push one brand over another so I in no way mean to stoke any ‘which is better’ type conversation, but merely pass along a work around that I’ve found to create a similar effect for very, very little money…