Topaz Texture Effects Comparison – SOOC -vs – Lightroom Basic Adjustments

Well today is day 6 of my Topaz Texture Effects ‘trial before buy’ challenge.  So for this challenge I thought I would do a complete comparison of using Lightroom and Topaz Effects and just using Topaz Effects.

This is the image I started out with… which was taken at Inveruglas on the edge of Loch Lomond in Scotland.


Topaz Texture Effects 2 Processing Technique

 Step 1 – Basic Adjustment Layer
  • Open image in Lightroom and Edited In Topaz Texture Effects without any Lightroom Adjustments using the SOOC image.
  • Add Basic Adjustment Layer – adjusted sliders.


Step 2 – Added Texture Adjustment
  • Using one of my own textures I added a brown/cream tinted texture


  • Enabled Masking and used the luminosity masking option


Step 3 – Added Blue Texture to Water
  • Added blue texture


  • Enabled masking and used luminosity masking


Step 3 – Added Vignette
  • Added a vignette using these settings


Step 4 Added a Basic Adjustment
  • Added a basic adjustment for Toning with these settings


Step 5 – Added a Basic Adjustment for Dodging
  • Added a basic adjustment for dodging using these settings


  • Enabled masking and inverted mask  and used the brush tool and altered the settings as I made my brush strokes.
Step 6 – Added Basic Adjustment for Burning
  • Added a basic adjustment for burning using these settings


Step 7 – Added Split Toning Adjustment
  • Added split toning using these settings


Step 8 – Dust and Scratches Adjustment
  • Added a dust and scratches layer to the whole image


  • Enabled Luminosity masking using these settings.


Step 9 – Created my own Preset.

  • I created my own preset for these settings by clicking Save so that I could use this preset again.

SOOC/Topaz Effects -vs- Lightroom Basic Adjustments/Topaz Texture Effects 2

I wanted to try the same processing technique using the same image but doing basic Lightroom adjustments  before editing in Topaz Effects.  And here is the result.


SOOC/Topaz Texture Effects 2 and Lightroom Basic Adjustments/Topaz Texture Effects  – Final Lightroom Edits

I wanted to also do a comparison of both images (SOOC and Lightroom basic edits) with added Lightroom Adjustments after Processing in Topaz Texture Effects 2 using the same Topaz Texture Effects 2 processing method as above.



On a personal note I love Topaz Texture Effects 2 for adding a texture to your photographs .. it is easy, fast and a versatile piece of software.  Excellent results can be achieved by either SOOC images or images that have had basic Lightroom/Photoshop/Camera Raw edits.  For me I do prefer to do some initial adjustments in Lightroom, before editing in Topaz Texture Effects 2.   And irrespective of whether I am in Lightroom or Photoshop… for adding textures to my photographs in the future, I will definitely be using Topaz Texture Effects 2 as I find this software achieves great results with ease of use.

I do hope this appraisal has helped you in some way and I think Topaz Texture Effects is a great addition to your software bundle.



Written by Bren (Ryan-Photography)

Bren Ryan is a female amateur photographer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Ryan Photography which showcases the places they've visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

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