Topaz Sale

Topaz is offering a great deal on their complete plug-in collection from 29 November through 02 December.  Enter the code "blackfriday2013" and  the collection is only $199.99 (normal price is $379.99).

I am a regular user of Clarity, Detail, Adjust, DeNoise, DeJPEG (client photos for print), and Black and White Effects 2.  Moreover, if you own only one plug-in, make it Clarity.

 

 

Topaz Labs ReStyle - Quick Look

Take a look at the new plug in from Topaz Labs called ReStyle.  Hal demonstrates and discusses the plug in this quick video.  Restyle offers one click access to create stylized interpretation of your original image.  You can easily make dozens or hundreds of variations when using the 1000+ presets available in ReStyle. 

The presets are awesome; single click mapping of tones and colors to create unique images, but what makes ReStyle even cooler are the additional controls.  Once you apply a preset you can modify the settings, mask the effects, and even change Blend Modes!Blend Modes are one of my favorite features in Photoshop and it is great to have them available in ReStyle.

ReStyle will retail for 59.99 but the price is 29.99 until the 31st of August with the discount code "restyleit ".

Click the link below to check it out.   

 

Back in Cali

Great to be back home after a somewhat wet, windy, and no electrical power trip out east.  The school has been busy working the California Photo Festival and I am very impressed with the work the staff has done.  Should be another killer week of fun, photography, and learning. 

Even though hurricane Irene let loose with an unreal amount of rain I was able to make some interesting images over the four days I was in New York.

The following images are from a little indoor HDR trip just down the road from Rick's place.

 3 Shot HDR with Nik's HDR Efex Pro

3 Shot HDR with Nik's HDR Efex Pro

Same 3 Shot HDR with HDR Soft's Photomatix Pro

Same 3 Shot HDR with HDR Soft's Photomatix Pro

I often use multiple methods to process my HDR and then pick the best option.  Of course, there are times I pick and choose different parts to use from different finished images.  Whether using Layer Blend Modes or Layers/Masks, there is no limit to what you can do.

The B&W Effects conversion, for giggles.

The B&W Effects conversion, for giggles.

All shots are from a Canon 7D and an EF 14mm f/2.8L.  I processed initially in Lightroom and then sent to the respective plug-ins.

Fiat Lux!

Topaz B&W Effects Available Tomorrow

Topaz will release B&W Effects tomorrow.  It has been fun as part of their beta test group.  What has been even better is they made quite a few changes based on input we submitted.

I think this is a strong entry into the black and white conversion market.  There are some good features you will not find other places.  I am a big fan of the brushes for local adjustment to tone, detail, smoothness, and color.

I should have some tutorials up soon and hopefully a webinar on B&W Effects in September. 

 Baby humpack having fun.

Baby humpack having fun.

 The day was very muted so with little color to begin with   black and white seemed a natural option.

The day was very muted so with little color to begin with black and white seemed a natural option.

Click here for the Topaz purchase/upgrade page.

B&W effects will be on the page tomorrow.

Fiat Lux!