Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Little Trick With Topaz Adjust 4


Here's a little trick I learned, quite by accident, while playing around with Topaz Adjust.

First, use the Spicify effect to boost the color, contrast and detail in an image. Then, use the Noise tab (click the Use Topaz DeNoise™ box) and reduce the noise to the point where your picture becomes very blurry - as illustrated in the top image, which I created from a similar image to the bottom image.

I found that working on a low resolution image, and then up-sizing it, works better than working on a full resolution image.

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By they way, when using this technique, you remove some of the reality in a scene. When you remove some of the reality, your picture can become more artistic and creative.

Explore the Light,
Rick

5 comments:

J Howe said...

Good tip. I've done something similar by using Topaz Denoise to get a 'smooth' look either before or after using Adjust or Simplify.

Kevin said...

Thanks for the tip! I love Topaz Adjust. Been using it for a while now. My girlfriend stumbled upon it just before it started getting "popular".

Kathy said...

Hi Rick!
Back on Sunday Feb 21st you posted the question about "digital frame or no digital frame" on your car photo. I really like the digital frame and was wondering if you could tell me which photoshop brush (or action or plug-in) you used to make that frame. I've been playing with brushes in photoshop and can come close, but can't get it right. Thanks so much for your help!!!
Kathy in Rhinebeck

Rick Sammon said...

HI Kathy

That was a digital from from onOnesoftware.com


take care
rick

Mark and Chris said...

I like the results given with Spicify as well, especially on old cars. Will have to try the smooth look now.
http://mdjgcl.smugmug.com/Travel/Arizona/20100207-IMG0739/783432297_VvttV-Th.jpg