• April 18, 2024

TOPAZ GLOW

When it comes to post processing and filtering, generally less is more. Simple tweaks to brighten up, add more or subtract some contrast intensity, a little sharpening, that is generally all that’s needed on a digital image if it’s a good one. Of course there can be some more specific portrait corrections, deleting distractions, adding vignettes or creating a particular look for a group of images.

But sometimes you might just want to get crazy, so when I got this Topaz email to “illuminate your photos with electrifying light” well, why not play a little. Why not let the mind wander and relax a little.

Some look really cool and some I just kept trying to make look cool but ended up exiting without saving. Below are a few recent images I’ve taken and thought I’d throw them into this trial TOPAZ GLOW blender and see what turned out.  I found that on a couple of images that are too soft focus or too grainy because the ISO was too high, adding something to distract from that quality was a way to actually make the photo interesting. (that’s a nice way of saying, the photo was pretty much, “duty” but now it’s “art”)

To try Topaz Glow yourself,  download the trial here and launch it from it’s own application. After you launch it once, the next time you open Photoshop you will be able to find it under the filters menu as a plug in.

 

 

Seagull at Marina Beach in Edmonds. Filtered with "Squiggle Lines" and saturated in Lightroom to look like a VanGogh painting.
Seagull at Marina Beach in Edmonds. Filtered with “Squiggle Lines” and saturated in Lightroom to look like a VanGogh painting.
Christmas Lights in Olympic Manor. Filtered with "Liquify" from the Topaz Glow
Christmas Lights in Olympic Manor. Filtered with “Liquify” from the Topaz Glow
Dog under wraps. Using the Airbrush filter as it is set in the Topaz Glow plug in.
Dog under wraps. Using the Airbrush filter as it is set in the Topaz Glow plug in.
This is the tree, the shooting starlight is a lens trick on the camera. The filter is Squiggly Lines in the Topaz Glow plugin.
This is the tree, the shooting starlight is a lens trick on the camera. The filter is Squiggly Lines in the Topaz Glow plugin.
Mike tuning up the Viola at Christmas Mass. Topaz Glow filter Graphic.
Mike tuning up the Viola at Christmas Mass. Topaz Glow filter Graphic.
Italian Christmas Dinner using the "Fur & Feather" glow preset with some tweaks.
Italian Christmas Dinner using the “Fur & Feather” glow preset with some tweaks.