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Re: [OM] News from Topaz

Subject: Re: [OM] News from Topaz
From: Wayne Shumaker <om3ti@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2023 16:04:00 -0700
At 11/30/2023 02:29 PM, Moose wrote:

>On 11/27/2023 9:05 AM, Wayne Shumaker wrote:
>>Topaz studio is a fun tool to play with. I became disappointed when they 
>>discontinued support for that.
>Does it need support? It works, just isn't having stuff added.

I had issues with images that looked OK in Studio, but had bad artifacts when 
returned to Photoshop. I submitted a bug report but I don't think it was ever 

Yes, I still use it and it is still fun. Just have to work harder to smooth out 
the roughness. Larger image files have more problems. One feature I overlooked 
that has helped me with Topaz Labs impression filter when using thin brushes 
that leave a lot of white space. If you go to the bottom of that filter and 
expand texture, set Background Type to Original. That will fill in color from 
the original image vs just a solid color (eg. white).

I learned about it from youtube "The Joy of Editing with Dave Kelly". One of 
his TK Friday episodes. He periodically does a Topaz Studio episode.

Here, is his latest one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drYBjvD3DeI
he shows that change to impression at about 3:35. Probably the best hint I have 
seen for Topaz studio as I use the impression filter a lot. Further into the 
video, around 11:30, he shows another interesting use of topaz remix filter 
I've seen him use before. He does a remix that looks terrible, but changes the 
blend mode to Multiply.

Anyway, some food for experimenting.

>Anyway, thanks for the reminder. When I've wanted various effects the last few 
>years, I've turned to Snap Art. It may also be abandoned for development, but 
>my ver. 4 works fine. Even with just one or the other, the range of effects 
>and adjustments within them is a bit overwhelming.

I have not tried Snap Art. Maybe I should.

>>Photoshop has added some interesting alternatives to some of the features 
>>with the new neural filters.
>Haven't even looked yet. ð???

Topaz has a remix filter with selectable images. Photoshop now has a similar 
feature and you can even load your own images to use for the remix source image.

>>With modern photos taken decently I don't need the power of photo AI as 
>>Denoise seems to do most of what I need.
>The Clear Mode in Denoise AI also gently brings out details, which is often 
>just right.
>>Only my older photos and badly taken photos do I ever use sharpen AI and even 
>>though I have Photo AI I don't use it.
>Yeah, I only just tried it out again due to this thread.
>>It feels like Topaz Labs is betting on tools that others are also providing.
>Topaz has been on the leading edge. DxO Raw sharpening is close, but I haven't 
>compared it to Topaz' Raw processing as yet. I've always worked on files 
>already converted by LR/ACR.
>>Studio was unique.
>Still is, in the sense that it still works. Isn't/wasn't, in the sense of 
>having artsy effects. I know I've tried other apps, in addition to Snap Art, 
>that do that sort of stuff, but don't recall what.
>LOTs if them for phone/tablets. The majority of the photos in this gallery 
>were taken using Paper Camera. 
><http://zone-10.com/tope2/main.php?g2_itemId=19224> Unfortunately, it doesn't 
>seem to be available in the App Store for iOS any more, although my old copy 
>has transferred through two phone upgrades intact. Some other apps look 

Dave Kelly also has several on Topaz Photo AI with the latest one on version 
Which can now select multiple images in Photo AI. 


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