Topaz Labs is a very cool company. They have the most extensive lineup of plug-ins and effects around. Now I’m a very Old School Shooter so I’m pretty traditional in my editing. So they have a lot of Plug-Ins that I “think” won’t interest me. but then I start to play with them and I find, I’m wrong. They are a ton of fun. I found that with Topaz Restyle and Simplify and I defiantly found that wish their newest release – Topaz Labs Texture Effects
Textures are very hot right now and have been for a while. Very popular with Fine Artists, Portrait shooters, Weddings and Compositors to name a few. But doing textures has always been a bit of a pain. First off you needed Photoshop to be able to make layers and then you had to go find layers on the internet, they cost you money and a lot of times they aren’t that great because they are very low resolution
Topaz labs solves all that by being a real one stop shop. You can choose from over 150 Included Effects (combinations of things) 275+ high Resolution (5000 x 5000) Textures, Tons of Lighting , Toning and Scratch filters. Plus you can add your own textures you already have or download more from the Topaz Marketplace or from other users.
You can easily search though all the effects and texture with multiple ways to search and a full page browser of effect. Once you find a look you love it’s a simple one click to apply it to your image. You can just leave it alone or you can modify the effect is more ways then I can name by double clicking the effect and opening the Adjustment Panel, thsi allows you to modify all the existing effects or add more. If you find a combination you love beyond the stock effects you can save that as a personal effect. Adding your own textures to the already wide selection is very easy to do so it’s easy to return to that favorite look you made.
And what is really cool is that Topaz Texture Effects has a great Masking tool so if you need to pull the effect off certain areas, like say pulling the texture off of a persons face but leaving it on the background, it’s very easy to do with the Mask Module
Topaz Labs Texture Effects works as a Standalone or a Plug-in forPhotoshop CS4+, Photoshop CC, Photoshop Elements 6+, Paintshop Pro X, Serif PhotoPlus X5+, Lightroom
Here’s a quick example on my image Two Paths: Click to enlarge