In The Desert
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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 plus their newest addition - Topaz Studio - a new, free, base imaging program.
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!
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The software listed below works as a plug-in,
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.
Reviews updated Aug. 10th, 2017
Our Rating System - 1 to 5 stars.
Added Aug, 10th. 2017
A FREE base imaging program with all the options. Presets that are adjustable plus easy access to all your plug-ins in this program. An optional Pro Pack that is definitely worth having. Updates and upgrades are always free. Register and download it now for free! See the review.
Added Sept. 9th. 2011
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.
Added Sept. 9th. 2011
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Added Aug. 13th. 2013
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
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.
Added Sept. 9th. 2011
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
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
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 Labs Glow 2 is now available for download.
Updated April 24th. 2015
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.