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#1 David Pavlich

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 09:06 PM

Since we were discussing processing programs, does anyone use any of the Topaz plugins?  There's 16 of them and I find a couple of them interesting, but not all 16.  Denoise looks like a good one.  Any suggestions as to a couple that would be a great asset?  I'm on Adobe CC and I have the Nik Collection already.

 

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 09:41 PM

I use denoise, works good but don't over do itttt.

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 08:21 AM

Thanks, Steve!  I just watched an Anthony Morganti video on Denoise and you're right.  It can easily be overdone.

 

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 11:49 AM

I use Topaz plugins a lot. The first one I recommend is Adjust. It was one of the first plugins they came out with, and has a lot of tools in it that later plugins fine tune. For example, it has sharpening and noise reduction, even though Detail (sharpening) and Denoise (noise reduction) do a better job (and came out later). So, if you want ONE plugin, Adjust is the one for you, IMHO.

AND you are in luck - Adjust is ON SALE now for just $29.99 (use code JULYADJUST).

I also really like Detail, which would be my second big recommendation. It not only does sharpening, but it can also do de-sharpening (blurring, softening), has masking tools, etc. So for example, you can use it to create bokeh in the background of an image without too much trouble. And it does a GREAT job with sharpening, MUCH better than unsharp mask and other such limited tools.

The Clarity plugin is a contrast tool. It is OK in some circumstances, but Adjust does much of what it can do, IMHO.

Denoise is a great noise reduction plugin, although it is kind of pricey (as most similar plugins are).

Lens Effects is pretty unique. It has a collection of filtering-type tools. It has a REALLY good imitation graduated neutral density filter effect, where you can pick the transition point, amount of density, top, bottom, left, right (or angle too). It is MUCH easier than trying to roll your own gradient mask or such things.

I guess the other one I'd recommend is B&W Effects, for conversion to B&W, although many editors can do this too using the channel mixer, etc., so it doesn't seem as unique as some of the other plugins that Topaz has, especially Adjust and Detail.
 

Hope this helps. Get Adjust, for sure!


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Posted 25 July 2015 - 09:05 PM

I got Adjust for the sale price.  I played with it a bit and it's quite good.  I also got Denoise after watching several videos on its effectiveness.

 

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 06:59 AM

I am still on the fence if I should go for something like Topaz, or do the work manual in Lightroom myself. Apart from faster results is there a benefit of using Topaz?



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Posted 26 July 2015 - 08:28 AM

Topaz plugins do things that LR or Photoshop cannot do. What I mean is that good plugins aren't just scripts that automate existing functions of your editor. For example, Topaz Detail does a analysis of your image and then it allows you to modify sharpness (or blur) on different size items in the image independently. Topaz Adjust uses Tone mapping to accomplish what it does, which is unique to it. So that's the difference.

 

Edit: want to add - with Adjust, it is very easy to overdo it. I myself have trouble restraining myself and wind up having all my images look like HDR shots on steroids! Moderation!


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Posted 26 July 2015 - 11:43 AM

I picked up Simplify.  I like over the top stuff and this plugin has it in spades!  Not that I'll poison your eyes with really draconian processing, but it is fun to fool with.  Anyway, here's a sample of a lighter touch of the plugin.  This sunflower is a product of spillage at our bird feeders. :-)  I signed up for the 365 Project and this is Day 205.  The first is the original, the second is with a bit of Simplify processing.  I'm like a freakin' ten year old at Christmas!!  5DMkIII, Canon 24-70 f4L, ISO 100, f6.3, 1/200.

 

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 12:11 PM

If you like Simplify (which I also have), you should try Clean too. It produces super-smooth images and can be useful for making images look ethereal, etc. Only $30. Before you're done, you'll blow $300! ;)


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Posted 27 July 2015 - 11:09 AM

Topazed a little they have some interesting plugins!

But ended up settling on Googles Nic plugins.


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Posted 29 July 2015 - 10:07 AM

I like Topaz ReMask.  It make cutting a something out of a picture quick.



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Posted 15 July 2017 - 09:46 PM

Hi Stunners,

 

I am trying my hands on Topaz DeNoise ver 6. However, there seems very limited presets available. Does Topaz provides in built-in presets for other Canon cameras like 70D etc?



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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:39 AM

Well since my last update in 2015, I now make use of Topaz Denoise and Topaz Studio, since my previous fav Nic seems to be on the way out.


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 06:10 AM

I am a little mystified by Topaz Studio (which is new). It looks like a bare-bones image editor (kind of a shell), coupled with a new type of Topaz plugin that only work with Topaz Studio (i.e. they are not photoshop-compatible plugins). You get a sampling of these plugins for free, and then you pay to add new ones. 
 
This seems a lot like using say freeware IrfanView and then adding regular Topaz plugins to it. So I couldn't figure out any reason to bother with Topaz Studio, since I have a bunch of regular PS-compatible plugins already. 
 
Do you know whether regular Topaz plugins can be used with Topaz Studio? It kind of looks as though they cannot. If they can, perhaps I might give Topaz Studio a try. As a simple editor, it does seem to be a better platform for running Topaz Plugins that Irfan because Topaz Studio does seem to have layers. But, again, my question - can you run REGULAR Topaz plugins from within Topaz Studio?

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 09:25 AM

I'll answer my own question - yes, the new Topaz Studio CAN host regular Topaz plugins. It says so on the Topaz Studio web page. I should have read it more closely. I am going to try Topaz Studio, just for laughs...


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