Summer is upon us, and so too are the deals and updates showering us with their bounty. If you’ve been around for a little while, you may have seen my article written after getting to beta the original Topaz Impression. (spoiler: I loved it). Now, Topaz has released Impression 2 with new tools and filters, and get this, it’s free for those of us who bought the original Impression. If you’ve not yet updated, or you’d like to give it a free trial, you can go directly to Topaz Labs Website HERE. If you’d like to buy it, use this link, and input “2IMPRESS” at checkout to get the normally priced $99 program for 40% off ($59.99!).
If you’d like to see more from me, and read more about why I love Impression, c’mon in…
I love Impression. There’s really not much else I can say to endorse it other than that. I’ve spoken before about my trials and tribulations with Corel Painter, which is a very cool program, but I never found the time to learn it, and it is far from intuitive. I also don’t physically paint, so much of its depth is lost on me. Considering the cost difference between Painter (which is basically in the same zip code as where Photoshop CS6 used to live) and Impression isn’t even close. Impression balances function with a very reasonable price.
The simplicity of Impression is even more a selling point. Pick a preset filter, choose or change your brush to see different effects within a chosen filter, adjust said filter by adding a texture (canvas, paper, etc) a vignette and adjusting standard settings, play with blending mode, adjust opacity, save. Simple as that. Impression works as a standalone, and as a plugin for compatible programs, all for the price of admission.
Be warned that Impression is doing a lot of work behind the scenes and can bog down your processor, so the more RAM and better processor you have, the easier it will be on your machine. 4GB of RAM is about minimum, but if you’ve ever used Painter, this program will be lightning fast by comparison. All in the expectations I guess.
I reviewed Impression when it first came out, and it was a bit of a revelation for users. I’ve had many emails over the last couple years mentioning how much people have enjoyed turning their photos into digital paintings via Impression. It’s up there with DeNoise, Clarity and ReMask as my most used, and favorite Topaz plugins.
Find Impression on Sale, and all other Topaz Plugins via the Topaz website HERE! (use code “2IMPRESS” at checkout for 40% off Impression 2 through July 7th).
If you’ve not tried it, and you think you might enjoy seeing your images immediately transformed into paintings or drawings, I highly suggest downloading the free trial. The sale for Impression runs for a few more days (Sale ends July 7th!) so if you like it, you can save $40 (normally $99, on sale for $59.99) if purchased before this next Thursday.
Thank you for the read. I know the blog has been software sale heavy of late, but I’m still working on a few user gear reviews. If only we could have a few more hours in a day.