For those who may have missed the introductory sale a few months ago on Topaz Texture Effects, it’s back, and includes 42 new textures, and 15 new effects along with performance enhancements. Topaz has added to and updated the plugin, and is offering it for $20 off (available for $49.99, normally $69.99) through January 31st. Updatable for those who already own Texture Effects, downloadable for those interested in a full free trial, or for purchase on sale via theTopaz website HERE, and if purchasing, use code “EASYTEXTURE” to get the sale price at checkout.
I reviewed Texture Effects when it was released HERE, and have continued to use and enjoy it. Not an everyday plugin, but a great one if wanting to create a series of images, or enjoy adding some of that textured moodiness to an image or images. Like all Topaz plugins, it’s intuitive, fast and creatively powerful.
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Starting today through the end of the month, Topaz is offering everything for 50% off. The entire collection (normally $500) is available for $250 HERE, and as an extra added bonus, for those of us who already own some or many Topaz plugins, we can still take advantage of the sale by logging into our account via the Topaz Labs website (here) and gaining the 50% off on additional plugins by using the code “BLACKFRIDAY2015” at checkout. The Complete Collection is already at a 50% discount from the full price for all plugins individually ($1,010), so really, if starting from scratch, this is really a 75% discount from purchasing the plugins one by one, which is kind of nuts.
I’ve never shied away from praise for the various Topaz plugins I use regularly, and feel that there are a handful of irreplaceable plugins in my workflow. The complete collection includes 17 plugins from DeNoise, ReMask, Adjust and Clarity to the brand new Texture Effects.
Come on in for more details and to see the full list of plugins…
Topaz continues to provide fun, intuitive and effective plugins with their most recent release, Topaz Texture Effects. On sale via Topaz Labs websiteHEREfor 30% off (normally $69.99, on sale through November 20th for $49.99 when you use code “TEXTUREFX” at checkout), as is often Topaz’ MO for new releases. Come on in to read my thoughts, and to see more…
Hi all! Welcome to a new, recurring feature on the blog here. I’m partnering with Alien Skin software to work through the processing of images using their Exposure software. Alien Skin Exposure is one of the most complete software processing solutions that I use, and I just love it. With each new release, the functionality and depth become greater and more streamlined. Exposure X is in its final beta, and should be ready to go very soon. You can download a free trial of Exposure HERE if you’d like, and follow along with one of your own images as we explore what Exposure has to offer, together. (if you’re looking for a discount code, you can get 10% off any Alien Skin software using the code “tysonrobichaud” so have at it).
Using images submitted by readers, I will retouch, process and in general, just have fun playing around with them as I might one of my own images, sharing my process step by step along the way. I’ll be using Exposure X today (which may look a little different compared to the screenshots below, when finalized) to process a submitted image from my friend, Billyburg (see more from him on flickr here).
As many of you have figured out, we stopped our monthly flicker photo blog challenge, much to my dismay. Flickr’s desire to dumb itself down, into little more than a mobile app proved to be the death rattle for our monthly project which was going really well, bringing in hundreds of submissions for our monthly contests. C’est la vie.
Well, with these lemons, I’d like to make lemonade because lemonade is awesome, especially if you only use half the recommended sugar and watch your unsuspecting friends, and young children drink it.
I’ve been in conversation with my friends at Alien Skin Software, and have had the great fortune to be both a contributor to their blog, and a beta tester for many of their programs over the years, the newest of which is the yet to be released, Exposure update. As a long time fan of Exposure, I’m excited to see the final version. With this new project, I’d like to gauge interest in having a retouching tutorial, where by I process and retouch submitted images using Exposure, which may then be shared with many, many thousands of viewers here and through the Alien Skin blog. Come on in for more details, and my hope for this collaboration…
While ReMask has always functioned as a plugin for Photoshop, version 5 now operates as a standalone too! This is great news for those of us who may be starting to work Adobe software out of our workflow as you can now select and mask a subject in an image within the program itself, and open that up in any layer based program. Good news for the photography community at large as options are always good. I still use PS CS6, but have started to work with Affinity Photo in anticipation of CS6 becoming unsupported at some point down the line. Knowing that I’ll be able to continue to use ReMask if and when that happens has made me very happy.
C’mon in for a look at how easy it is to use ReMask5!
As a long standing fan of Alien Skin products, I find that it is my duty to alert you guys to their substantial price cuts on all software. Full disclosure, I make no commissions on any sales of Alien Skin software during their sale, which while I’m a bit bummed about that, it is a great deal on some great apps. Any and everything is 40% off through this Wednesday, the 26th, so check it out at AlienSkin.com HERE
You can download free trials of anything they have going. I really like Exposure, myself. Hit me up if you have any questions in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter, FlickrandInstagram. If you’d like to receive email notifications on sales, reviews and tutorials, please feel free to add your email address at the top right of the page here. You’ll get email alerts as new articles are released.
For many of us, Topaz Adjust was the first Topaz plugin that we bought. It was a one click solution to enhance a variety of images in a multitude of ways. Many of the newer Topaz plugins have even been born as an expansion from some of the filters in Adjust, so I guess you could call it the OG Topaz plugin. It has grown over the years to include many more filters and is onto version 5.
It is currently on sale for $29.99, 40% off through July (normally $49.99) on Topaz Labs website HERE(use codejulyadjustat checkout).
If you’d like to see and read more about my thoughts on Adjust, come on in!
Hello everyone. If you have ever been plagued by color casting or color temperature imbalance, here is a quick and easy way to neutralize color shift in an image. I shoot a lot of product shots, and often do so with congruous backgrounds. In these cases, I’ll often use different lights to get everything lit just the way I want it. This often brings in some issues when wanting to balance that color in post. UsingAlien Skin Exposure (click here to give it a free trial and follow along), by converting a layer to a fairly flat, black and white image, I can control the shift in color while bringing back color where I want it to be. As opposed to trying to reiterate the video, just give it a watch, and c’mon in for a few example before and afters…
I’m often asked about various plugins that I use, and would recommend. One that I always suggest, and state as one of my go to’s is DeNoise, and it is $20 off through the end of the month (use code “junedenoise” at checkout) HERE! DeNoise usually goes on sale about once every year for a couple weeks, so if you’ve been waiting for this plugin to go on sale, here ya go! If you’ve not yet tried DeNoise, I suggest downloading the free trial via the link above, at least and seeing what it can do. C’mon in for some examples and my take on why I find it to be so useful.