Well you know me with my textures, I go through phases where I have to texture everything and normally I use Photoshop and Luminosity Masks to create the effect I want. So I thought I would give Topaz Texture Effects 2 a try. Yes you can use it directly from Lightroom and by all accounts from Photoshop.
I downloaded the 30-day free trial and if I purchase before the 30th October and use the code TFX2 I only pay $59.99 instead of the normal $69.99 price. So I am now going through the process of trying this piece of software rigorously as I don’t want to pay for something that I don’t get on with. My first impressions of this piece of software so far have been very positive.
I like the fact that you can add your own textures to the Textures Library, and there is even a group where you can share your texture creations with others. Topaz Texture Effects 2, comes with a good range of pre-installed presets, however, there is plenty of scope for you to create your own texture and save them as presets.
There are a range of sliders where you can create various other effects, there is also an option to create double-exposure photographs. You can use the vast range of pre-installed textures as well as any you have on your computer.
There is also an option to mask out areas where you don’t want the texture on your image, and there are plenty of blending modes for you to choose with your textures.
You can also do many basic adjustments to your photograph like you do in Lightroom. There is also options for adding edge blur, edge exposure, split toning and many more options. You can add as many of these options as you want.. You can use 2 or more textures, you can also add borders, colour overlays and light leaks.
The creativity skills of this piece of software is only limited by your imagination.
So far I have added my own textures and created various categories for those textures.
Now for the downside, yes there always has to be one… I have found that the software strips some of the metadata, mainly the lens used. Because we both have Canon 70D’s we now have our own copyright import which states which one of us took the photo. Prior to creating those import presets and us both using the 70D, I used to know whose photo was who’s by the lens used. And when this information is striped from the metadata it makes it rather difficult. My next test will be to see if I enable the Lens Profile in Lightroom Develop Module, whether that keeps the metadata. And if it does, I hope Topaz do an update where the metadata is taken from the import settings if the lens profile in Lightroom is not check marked.
So far I am give Topaz Texture Effects 4.5 stars out of 5. And providing this software lives up to what I want, based on this I will be purchasing before the end of October. So stayed tuned to read whether I will be making that buy.