*@Topazlabs ReMask Prime?! A powerful standalone quick selection app for Mac users + FREE GIVEAWAY! (not an April Fools Joke)

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Firstly, this is not an April Fools ruse. ¬†I am giving away activation codes for this new software ūüôā Technology can be embraced or ignored, it can be celebrated or feared, or it can fumble somewhere in between all those things. ¬†I myself, really enjoy much of what is on offer, especially as a photographer. ¬†I totally appreciate those that take a purist approach, but for me, I love playing with digital imagery using various¬†software applications, and here my friends, is a very cool, very affordable piece of remarkable software. ¬†Enter, Topaz ReMask Prime (click here to see in in the Mac App Store). ¬†A fully functional, standalone desktop version of the irreplaceable ReMask software. ¬†If you already own ReMask and run it as a plugin for PS, you’ll probably not need a standalone version (although, I’m starting to see a benefit), but for those who do not, this is a very cheap way to see the power of ReMask in all its glory.

Come on in to see some info and examples¬†from Topaz ReMask Prime, a new standalone app built on the standard ReMask plugin…

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*Topaz DeNoise 6! New, on sale, reviewed and compared to DeNoise 5 w/@topazlabs

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Topaz has just released version 6 of their DeNoise software. ¬†It may seem like I’m plugging a lot of software of late, but it just so happens that the software that I have chosen to use is¬†getting updated, and offered on sale which is pretty awesome.

I have used most all noise reduction (NR) plugins out there over the years, and while DAM software like Lightroom and Capture One do a good to decent job for a lot of NR tasks, I have never found better noise reduction anywhere than I have with DeNoise. ¬†So, what has changed with version 6? ¬†I’ve been testing version 6 against version 5 all week to see if I can really tell where they’ve improved it, and I feel that comes in the way of interface primarily, a huge boost to developing, saving and grouping presets specific to cameras, and further allowing those of us using this plugin to streamline our workflow when batch processing.

Topaz DeNoise 6 is on sale now, $30 off through March 20th HERE at Topaz Labs Website¬†for $49.99 (normally $79.99) or as a FREE UPGRADE (as seems to always be the case with Topaz) for DeNoise owners! ¬†Use code “NOISEFREE” at checkout to get the sale price, and do so knowing that future upgrades will very, very likely be offered as a free upgrade as well. ¬†You can always try it out for free too. ¬†You can download a full free trial HERE if interested to see if it makes sense for you.

I chose DeNoise years ago because it beat the pants off of NIK Dfine for me (especially when correcting for noise banding), which I’d switched to after using Noise Ninja for years. ¬†I’ve yet to see anything outdo DeNoise, and the new version is an upgrade to an already stellar program.

If you’d like to see a side by side comparison between DeNoise 5 and 6, along with my thoughts on what has been improved upon, come on in…

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*Topaz Texture Effects, updated and on sale through the end of the month.

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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 the Topaz 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.

Find me and share your results with us via the socials, via¬†Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram. If you would like to receive¬†email notifications as I post new articles, please feel free to add your email address at the top right of the page here as well. ¬†Thanks for the read, and let me know if you have any questions on this new plugin, I’d be happy to try and help.¬†

Happy shooting,

Tyson

 

*The Topaz plugin half off sale is here with @topazlabs

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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…¬†

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*Quick look! Check out the dynamic range recovery on the GX8, which also happens to be on sale!

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I am mere hours of work away from posting my GX7 vs GX8 final comparison, but going through images from my work trip last week, I came across a snapshot I took while rushing to catch the tram. ¬†The sun rise was begging to be recorded, and I quickly pulled my GX8 (on sale for $200 off right now DOH! see it at B&H HERE and Adorama HERE) with the PL15mm out of the bag and literally stopped walking for a second to take this shot. ¬†The sky dominated the exposure, as it should have in this case, and just now I tried bringing up the shadows to see what I could get as I’d not really pushed any of the GX8 frames¬†quite this far, in this way. ¬†Well, color me frigging impressed… have a look:

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*First Look. Brand New Topaz Texture Effects on sale w/ @topazlabs

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Topaz continues to provide fun, intuitive and effective plugins with their most recent release, Topaz Texture Effects. ¬†On sale via Topaz Labs website¬†HERE for 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…

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*Topaz ReMask 5 is here! Free upgrade, or on sale for 30% off with @topazlabs

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I’ve reviewed ReMask a couple times before, and have spoken at length about how useful I find it. ¬†If you use any layer based software, like Photoshop, or Affinity, this is a remarkable piece of software capable of saving hours upon hours. ¬†ReMask5 is available as a free upgrade to anyone who owns an earlier version, or on sale for new folk at 30% off, $49.99 (normally $69.99) via Topaz Labs website HERE ¬†

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!

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