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   Haven't we all wanted to excel in our photographic endeavors in the desert? Catch that once in a lifetime photo in the desert? We've certainly seen enough of them on the web. But how do they capture images that POP? Knowing your camera and more importantly knowing how they work is a large part of it. But there is more, and with the help of the right software you can produce those images that will make others say, WOW! Often times the software you use will save photos that normally you'd delete.
   In this case it doesn't matter which software you use for your basic imaging work. Topaz Labs makes plug-ins that will work with Photo Shop, Photo Shop Elements, Lightroom, PaintShop Photo Pro, Photo Impact, Aperture, iPhoto, Serif Photo Plus, and Irfanview. They have 16  products in a bundle package which includes all of their plug-ins and software.
   Our "Star Ratings" are completely judged by what we use for images in the desert. If you like to play with photographs, ie, turn them into paintings or works of art, then you will find software from Topaz Labs that goes the extra mile for those endeavors with many options, not just one click enhancements. We don't usually do that kind of photography so we may not have rated it highly because of this. Our view is probably narrow in this respect. Keep this in mind when viewing our ratings. If you're strickly a photographer who wants to improve your photographs, then our "Star Ratings" will appeal to you as justified!

The software listed below works as a plug-in,
but can also be used as a stand-alone software.

   5 Stars is our top rating, see the ratings above to see how we rated the software. Your ratings may differ depending on the type of photography that is your specialty. 
   If you've already downloaded one or more of the plug-ins and need help you can visit Topaz Labs Tutorial Pages on their site.
Photograph done in Star Effects
Photograph done in Adjust 5

Reviews updated  Jan. 23rd, 2016

Our Rating System - 1 to 5 stars.

Updated  April 24th.  2015

 Topaz Clarity

Topaz Labs Clarity
Review Ratings

After 2 years of using this software almost daily we've concluded that this is the number one rated imaging software available today. Because of this, we can offer a special discount to our viewers/readers! Once you use it, you'll be amazed at the results. See the review video.

Added  Sept. 9th.  2011

Topaz Adjust

Topaz Adjust
Review Ratings

This plug-in is very popular and it does have some options that you won't find elsewhere. It's easy to use and works great. It is what has made Topaz Labs a star in software developement. Has some very specialized uses. It is worth having.

Topaz Detail

Added  Sept. 9th.  2011

Topaz Detail
Review Ratings

Of all the detail enhancing software available, this is the best. There are times when you just need more detail and with this software, it's within easy reach. Many options and features make this one a must have.

Added  Jan. 31st.  2012

Topaz DeNoise 5

Review Ratings
Topaz DeNoise

Great noise reduction tool. Useful after Tone Mapping or HDR work. Here's another example of a software that really shines for what it does. Many Noise Reduction softwares work, but they ruin or smudge the details in the photograph. DeNoise does not, works great.

Added  Sept. 12th.  2011

Topaz B&W Effects

Topaz B&W Effects
Review Ratings
Go beyond black and white conversion to create High Impact black and whites. Explore over 150 presents for an easy 1-click work flow! Adding color back in to certain objects in the photo is easy with the edge aware settings. If you like B&W photos this software is a must have.

Added  Oct. 6th.  2011

Topaz ReMask 3

Review Ratings
Topaz ReMask

Although this is the best software for masking and replacing or removing parts of an image, it is also a software that is hard to learn and has a steep learning curve. The turoial video on the review page will help, but some time and practice is needed to be successful.

Added  Dec. 15th.  2011

Topaz Lens Effects

Topaz Lens Effects
Review Ratings

Don't have a fisheye lens? No problem. Want to add a vignette to your photos, or maybe just center focus on an object. This plug-in is pretty specialized. We've only used this for a few special effects, which worked fine, but its use is limited - to us!

Added  Feb. 14th.  2012

 Topaz Star Effects

Topaz Star Effects
Review Ratings

Star and Glow Effects easily performed using this plug-in. Software works great with a lot of options, but like the above Lens Effects is very specilized, with mostly night time photography. We've only used this a few times, so our rating is low! Yours may differ!

 Topaz ReStyle

Added  Aug. 13th.  2013

Topaz Labs ReStyle
Review Ratings

Here's plug-in that has so many options, you won't get bored. I think you'll really like this one and you can develop your own "style". Follow the link to see what we mean. Restyle is another plug-in that works great and is easy to use, but has little use for our desert photopgrahy work.

Added  May. 12th.  2014

 Topaz Clean

Topaz Clean

Clean works well but the same results can be accomplished with Clarity and Detail. At least that's been our experience. In fact we've had better results using the other plug-ins. It works, but not as well as the others.

Review Ratings

Added  Sept. 9th.  2011

Topaz Simplify

Topaz Simplify
Review Ratings

Create a variety of stunning painterly and artistic effects from photos.Topaz Impressions is a much better choice for the Painterly Effects. Simplify does do wonders if you want to turn photos into graphics with specific details. Pretty specilized.

Added  Dec. 9th.  2014

 Topaz Glow

Topaz Glow
Review Ratings

It's not every day that people see something really unique, and they'll remember it when your image gives them that experience. This means more Likes if you’re posting your photo on Facebook, more views if you’re posting it in a gallery, and more business if you’re selling your photos to clients. 64bit architecture - only.

Added  Oct. 6th.  2014

 Topaz Impressions

Review Ratings

A really nice program for turning your photos into paintings and more. This software is very specilized. You'll really be surprised at the results that you can get from this software and the speed that you'll get using the 64 bit architecture.

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Added  Jan. 23rd.  2016

 Topaz Texture Effects

This software came as a really nice surprise. It does things with effects and textures that would have seemed impossible. Great for making a photo dramitic and giving it special lighting effects among a host of other neat options. 64 bit architecturre and works also as a plug-in.

Topaz Texture Effects
Review Ratings

Topaz Labs Glow 2 is now available for download.

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