In The Desert
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Topaz Lab's, ReStyle
Enhance your Style
Do you have a style?
Some of you in the desert already have a "style". Some of you, like myself, just like to manipulate images. Once again Topaz Labs has come up with a plug-in that does just that, let you easily adjust your "style" till you find something you like. But there are a lot of times that I like to play with these images. I think this is called "art". I'm certainly no Rembrandt, but I do like to have the options. Topaz did a wonderful job with the sliders to adjust the "Hue", "Saturation", "Luminance" and generalized adjustments which makes it very easy to work with this plug-in.
Let's look at an example to see what we're talking about. This photo brings back a lot of memories. We stopped here for many years on our way down to the desert. In Stateline, Nevada on the Nevada/California border. I personally watched this scene unfold as a daylight scene, through sunset to a night time scene. But I only have a few photos taken during a night time stop. No problem. We have ReStyle!
The image you see here to the right is what we captured just after sunset (missed that) and just before complete darkness. 1/30 second - shot on a tripod. Nice but some of the detail is missing. Has this ever happened to you?
MOUSE OVER THIS IMAGE --
Second image - Daylight
CLICK ON THE SECOND IMAGE -- Sunset. Enlarged Sunset Image
All processed in ReStyle with presets..
Whiskey Pete's Casino in Stateline Nevada.
Riverside Casino in Laughlin Nevada.
The image you see here to the right is what we captured from a tour boat on the Colorado River. Not bad but nothing special. For those of you that like to go to the extreme -- see below.
MOUSE OVER THIS IMAGE --
Second image - Contrast, Color
Enlarged Contrast, Color
CLICK ON THE SECOND IMAGE -- Black & White
Don't let this capture of the Program Interface scare you. On the left side is a very large set of "Presets". When you mouse over each one a medium sized preview is presented so you can see what the result will look like. Clicking on the preset makes the changes for you. Simple! Now if you don't like any of the variables, on the right side you'll see where all the adjustment sliders are. "Color Style" lets you change the "Hue", "Saturation" or "Luminance" (Luminance means light). And you can also change the "Basic" and "Detail" parameters of the image, see below on the right. All easy adjustments.
"Masks" These tools are the easiest to use of all the masking programs available. Mostly because of the "Edge Aware" feature.
All the adjustments are easy to understand, even by a complete novice. The mask tool is great and is also easy because of the Edge Aware feature that lets you mask an area (like the sky shown below) to make changes to just that portion of the photo. Brushing in a mask, it will outline only the sky -- even around the tree leaves.
At first I made adjustments to the entire image to bring up the saturation, (mostly green). But after doing this the sky was still too pale and washed out. So I mask the sky with the brush tool with the edge aware set to 100%, then inverted the mask, then applied more saturation and color to the sky. Now the photo more closely resembles what we saw that day, and sky looks much better.
Topaz Labs keeps surprising us with new software that gets continually easier to use. And more precise. The sliders are a perfect example. With over a 1,000 presets you can do things with images that previously you've only thought about.
Topaz Lab's Web Site -- HERE
Lets look at a building in the desert and see how quickly we can fix that. This only took a few minutes!