image © Darcy from Topaz – all rights reserved, used with permission
Hi all. Darcy from Topaz Labs was nice enough to share this simple yet remarkably helpful graphic showing us the proper order to best utilize and stage different Topaz plugins.
As many of you know, I’m a bit of a honk for the Topaz products as I really feel they offer an amazing value in the plugin universe. I’ve fielded quite a few emails over the years asking about when is it best to implement noise reduction versus sharpening, etc and I’ve always said it is good to get your initial, simple exposure tweaks done in your host or digital asset management software (lightroom, aperture, et al) and then before altering the pixels any further, run through noise reduction before doing anything to sharpen or further define the pixels as that would also further define the noise or any artifacts, color shifts, posterization, etc. Sharpening should be the last thing done to any image, and now we have a cool step by step in visual form. Thanks Darcy!
Darcy has laid this out wonderfully in Topaz terms, and for those of you who’ve been getting into the Topaz plugins like myself, I’d imagine this graphic will do well to help us streamline our workflow through the various Topaz plugins.
Currently, Topaz Detail 3 is on sale for 50% off through April (click HERE and use “aprdetail” to get 50% off)! What is normally a $40 plugin is now $20, so head over and download the free trial to give it a go. If you like it, buy it before the end of the month to qualify for the half price license.
You can head over to Topaz Labs website to see what they offer, or below are reviews I’ve done of some more of the Topaz plugins that I use often, and love.
Topaz DeNoise 5, the best noise reduction software I’ve ever used.
Topaz Clarity, possibly my favorite enhancement plugin.
Topaz ReMask, anyone using photoshop masks should download this. Now.
Topaz Simplify, art filters with the click of a button.
Have a look, have a go, and enjoy. Please feel free to share your results (or any imagery) with our ever growing community on Flickr HERE, and connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks and happy shooting!