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Topaz B&W Effects Review – Truly Amazing

I’m not sure if there is photography software that I like as much as the Topaz Labs bundle.  Well, besides my forever “can’t live without” it Photoshop of course!  I saw a picture of a girl with a Photoshop toolbar tattooed on her forearm the other day and instantly got it.  But I digress. Topaz B&W Effects is truly amazing.

Topaz B&W Effects Review

In this post I am going to just demonstrate a bit of what the Topaz Labs B&W Effects plugin can do.  Before I do so however, here is a screenshot of an image open in the software.  You can click on it to view the full-size version:

screenshot Topaz B&W

screenshot Topaz B&W

I chose three vastly different photos to work with, with the intention of demonstrating the almost limitless variety of image outcomes that you can create.  This first image shows how a portrait can quickly be transformed into an authentic appearing vintage photograph.  It’s amazing how realistic the old film tones are.  Each of these images is a result of a single preset with no additional tweaking of the sliders.

Original portrait

Original

Aged Effect 2

Aged Effect 2

Cerulean Cambridge

Cerulean Cambridge

Chocolate

Chocolate

Classic Black and White

Classic Black and White

Quad Tone Red

Quad Tone Red

Quad Tone Redscale 4

Quad Tone Redscale 4

Sepia 4

Sepia 4

Tea Green Falloff

Tea Green Falloff

Wenge

Wenge

With this second photo, I took things a step further and made additional adjustments after choosing a preset.

 

Ghost in the Window? (Explored)

Original

Warm Tone with Transparency

Warm Tone with Transparency

Raw Umber with a Touch of Transparency

Raw Umber with a Touch of Transparency

Quad Tone Redscale 4

Quad Tone Redscale 4

Classic B&W

Classic B&W

Cerulean Dynamic

Cerulean Dynamic

Cartoon Color with Simplify Adjustment and Transparency

Cartoon Color with Simplify Adjustment and Transparency

Albumin Chocolate with a number of Adjustments

Albumin Chocolate with a number of Adjustments

Like the second photo, I first chose a preset for each image and then adjusted the sliders to my liking.  I really love the way that Topaz B&W allows you to bring back some of the color of the original photo but keep the gorgeous vintage film tones.

Original beach photo

Original

Adaptive Diffusion with Color

Adaptive Diffusion with Color

Coffee

Coffee

Painterly Color

Painterly Color

Platinum with Transparency

Platinum with Transparency

Sepia and Selenium with Transparency

Sepia and Selenium with Transparency

Tea Green Falloff

Tea Green Falloff

If you would like to try the Topaz B&W plugin for yourself, you can download a free and fully functional trial version.  The trial lasts for 30 days and allows you to save full-size images with no watermarks.  If you do decide to purchase a license, you will get an instant 10% discount by entering the coupon code “photoluminary” without the quotes into the order form.

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