I am on day 3 of my trial of Topaz Texture Effects 2 and I have to say I am getting more impressed as the day’s go on… Below is the before and after, the before photo is SOOC with just cropping applied.
And I have to say, one of the features that I do love about Topaz Texture Effects 2 is the masking and the power of the Luminosity Masking Panel.
So far I have stuck to the Luminosity option and played around with the sliders and no matter what adjustment you apply to your image, each adjustment gives you masking options.
Now I don’t know about you, but when you use textures, sometimes you do need add clipping masks and Topaz Textured Effects 2 takes that into consideration by giving you an Enhance option. Each adjustment option gives you the option to add clipping masks. And the adjustments available within each panel are great, the sliders are easy to understand and each one gives you so much power and the ability to apply an adjustment exactly as you want to.
And after I had added my textures and adjustments in Topaz when the file was imported back into Lightroom, I added a couple of radial filters and did some dodging and burning, just to enhance the photograph a little. I also played around with the sliders in the Basic Panel just to warm the picture up a little and to add some contrast and clarity. However, the ability to do the vast majority of these edits was available to me in Topaz Texture Effects 2, without having to do them in Lightroom. For me, no matter what software I use, I always do my final edits in Lightroom, I think that is by choice rather than a reflection that Topaz Texture Effects couldn’t do these edits.
Yes I could have achieved the same effect in Photoshop, but… it would have taken me a lot longer to do and probably would have been a larger file size to save on my hard-drive. However, there is always a downside and that being, once you have saved your photograph, and Topaz Texture Effects 2 has closed, you can’t go back and re-edit your photograph or make changes to any of the settings/adjustments you had previously applied.
Pros so far
- Easy to Use
- Great Luminosity Masking
- Ability to save your work as Presets
- Ability to enhance each adjustment (basically a clipping mask)
- Works with Photoshop and Lightroom
- Free updates
- Total control over your creations
Cons so far
- Unable to re-edit or change settings once you saved your creation.
- Software closes when you save your work.
- Strips metadata from image.