This is an absolutely fabulous product and I am so happy that I have it! I completely recommend that you get it and give it a try - you will be wowed by everything you can do with it. And - they just came out with v4 that has a bunch of updates, so the product is even better, though that is hard to believe!
I had heard about Topaz Adjust before but never really looked into it until recently. One of my goals with my photography for this year is to learn more and raise my skill level, not just regarding using the camera but by employing the various tools available to us. So, I decided to get Topaz Adjust. It is truly an amazing and interesting product. You can apply all sorts of effects to your photos. Also, it is not expensive at all so that helps because everything else seems so expensive. If you decide you want to try out the software, you can get a 15% discount by following the instructions here.
Here’s what you need to know about it. First off, it works as a plug-in to Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (I use Elements hence the mention of it). I did not know that when I downloaded it and was frantically looking all over my Mac for the darn thing. I couldn’t find it...ahh!! Well, once I figured that out I decided to give it a whirl. I was both impressed and amazed. The things you can do with it....WOW!
Ok, so I will start with this recent HDR photo shown below, which is fresh out of Photomatix. It has had nothing done to it except the creation of the HDR image in Photomatix. If you are not familiar with HDR or Photomatix, you can read about HDR here and see my review of Photomatix here. Topaz Adjust is a wonderful product and I use it as a part of my regular workflow. This is not about Photomatix vs. Topaz Adjust. Though you can get HDR-like effects from Topaz Adjust, I actually like to create my HDR image and then run it through Topaz Adjust, which will really bring it to life!
I have enjoyed this product so much that now I run just about everything through Topaz Adjust, just to see what it comes up with. You never know until you take a look! Sometimes you get some really amazing results that you could not have come up with on your own!
By the way, you can use Topaz Adjust on any image - it does not have anything to do with HDR. I just chose this HDR image for this review to use as an example. I have also used it on many of my single exposures and the results are fun, interesting and exciting with them too! You can see some examples of that here.
So the image is an improvement over the multiple bracketed exposures used to create it, but is a far cry from completion and certainly does not have any "wow" to it. It seems fairly "flat" to my eye. This is where your processing skills and of course your software products come into play, and where Topaz Adjust can take your shot to the next level of interest.
So the next step is that I go from Aperture (where I keep all my files and manage them) and edit the image with Photoshop Elements. This next shot is after that process is completed. I use PSE (Photoshop Elements) on every photo. It allows me to easily make adjustments in the Contrast (and many other areas) and also to apply Unsharp Mask. This really brings out the details in a photo. Here is what I have next:
Dark Ghostly option:
Sketch Pencil option:
Have fun with it and thanks for stopping by!!