Creative Filters

Bloom

Blur

Channel Mixer

Color Overlay

Color Theme

Dual Tone

Edge Exposure

Film Grain

Focal Blur

Motion Blurs

Quad Tone

Vignette

Bloom

What is Bloom? 

Bloom can help you selectively intensify the lighting in your images. Use bloom to easily intensify lighting in images to change atmosphere, or create that perfect dreamy, sun kissed look. Bloom makes it easy to strengthen subtle and extreme lighting effects alike.

When should I use Bloom?

Use Bloom to increase spots of lighting in your image that you want to highlight. Perfect for portraits, wedding photography, and more! Bloom uses selective adjustment technology to analyze images and finds the bright points. The Bloom Adjustment increases light intensity locally without adjusting the lighting of the overall image. Easily add soft radiance to any image.

What are the Options in Bloom?

  1. Strength: The Strength slider controls the overall strength of the Bloom Adjustment. Increasing the value of this slider will increase the intensity of the overall Bloom Adjustment.
  1. Threshold: The Threshold slider controls what level of brightness will be affected by the Bloom Adjustment. Increasing the value of the Threshold slider will block out less bright objects in the image, so only the brightest points are affected.
  1. Size: The Size slider affects the overall size of the Bloom Adjustment. Increasing the value of this slider increases how large the spread of the bloom effect around each subject is.

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In this image, we wanted to highlight the early morning glow from the sunrise. To do so, we increased the strength and the threshold sliders to create a beautiful glow that highlighted the horizon and the subject in the image. We didn’t increase the bloom size so as not to overwhelm the edges of the image, including the tent and grass, so our gaze stayed focus on the mountains at the horizon. 

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Best Practices

Bloom is best used anywhere in your workflow when you decide you’d like to increase a lighting spot in your image. It works best when there is already a strong highlighted section of your image. This can be used for a wide variety of pictures, though works best on more natural looking images.

Blur

What is Blur? 

Blur is a tool to help you reduce detail and smooth images for a clean, simple look. Use Blur to soften images and create a smoother, less detailed image. Combined with powerful masking features, Blur allows you to push your viewers eye to your subject by removing distracting image detail from other elements of the composition.

When should I use Blur?

Sometimes images are a bit too sharp in all the wrong places. Blur helps to soften those sharp points in images. Smooth skin with the Diffusion Blur, or feather images with the Gaussian Blur. Great for close portraits, and wide landscapes alike, Blur empowers you to dramatically change the focus and depth of your composition, quickly and easily.

The Gaussian Blur, the strongest of the two blurs, is a powerful overall blurring tool used to add anything from a subtle feathering blur to a blur so strong it completely obscures even the largest details. This tool is perfect for removing complex distractions in the background of images and to lead the viewer’s eye toward the intended subject.

The softer and more subtle Diffusion Blur is perfect for reducing image noise without removing edges, lines, or other details that are important for the interpretation of the image. Diffusion Blur is also great in portraits, and other types of close up photography. This blur disperses the focused light in images which results in a soft feathering effect on skin and other large areas of similar tone.

What are the Options in Blur?

Gaussian Blur

  1. Amount: Control the power of the Gaussian blur with the Amount slider. Smooth image details and create a light and dreamy effect by keeping the amount of gaussian effect low. Or you can completely obscure any details in your image and unfocus your entire composition using a high gaussian amount.
  1. Preserve Edge: This powerful slider works to preserve the high contrast edges of your image, effectively functioning as a threshold slider for the Gaussian Blur effect.  As you increase this slider, your high contrast edges are excluded from the extreme blur, and instead subtlety softened. Higher values result in all high contrast edges being excluded from the blur effect.
  1. Fine Texture: The Fine Texture slider works to preserve the details and texture of your image, by saving a detail pass of your image before Blur is applied. This method effectively turns the Blur Adjustment into a light frequency separation tool. Lower values allow you to add back touches of the original detail in your image before the blur effect was applied, with the higher limits almost completely restoring the fine details of the image.

Diffusion Blur

  1. Strength: Easily increase or decrease the strength of the diffusion effect with the Strength slider. The diffusion effect works by softening the highlights in your image. Lower strength values affect only the highlights, while increasing the strength includes more of the midtones in the image.
  1. Softness: The Softness slider increases the spread of the falloff that the diffusion effect creates. Lower values keep the diffusion effect close to it’s point of origin, while higher values increase the range of the diffusion, creating a soft and dreamy effect.
  1. Blur: Increase the blur effect of the diffusion with the Blur slider. Lower values maintain image detail and texture, while higher values obscure details and soften the overall diffusion effect.

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In this image, we wanted to draw the eye to the subject in the image. We used a Gaussian blur to remove the details in the mountains behind her to give her an ethereal floating feeling. For this, we increased the Gaussian blur amount almost to its limits while also fully increasing the Preserve Edge slider in order to maintain the sharpness of the subject. We used the Fine Texture slider to bring out details in the subject, as well.

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Best Practices

Blur is best used near the beginning of your editing workflow. It is a strong filter for portraits and close-range subjects.

Channel Mixer

What is Channel Mixer? 

The Channel Mixer is an expanded control over RGB (Red, Green, Blue color channels). With Channel Mixer, you are able to adjust the brightness by combining the contribution of RGB in an image.

When should I use Channel Mixer?

Use the Channel Mixer to get complete control of your RGB composition, balancing the overall tone of each channel. the Channel Mixer also gives you the flexibility to control the exact color mix of each RGB channel to create balance or compelling color effects.

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In this image, we wanted to bring out the colors in our image using the composition of the blues. We stayed on the overall mixer, and upped the blues and reds while bringing down the green slider. This enhanced the blues in the skies and the reds in the rock.

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Color Overlay

What is Color Overlay? 

Color Overlay is a simple color filter to change overall tone and mood of your image by applying a singular color look to your image. Adding a color overlay during the editing process is a great way to effortlessly achieve various results, adjust image tone and temperature, or selectively enhance image features.

When should I use Color Overlay?

Color Overlay works like a post-processing image filter and is the superior way to change overall image tone and temperature. With 28 blending modes, Topaz Studio’s integrated masking, Opacity slider, and a Color Picker, the Color Overlay Adjustment is a simple, integrated solution to transform the mood and style of any image.

What are the Options in Color Overlay?

  1. Color: Determine what color the color overlay will be by simply click the down or up arrow to the right of the color block to change colors. There are 6 views in which you can select your color overlay from: Color Wheel, Sliders, Swatches, Spectrum, Pencil Pallet, and the Eyedropper.
  1. Eye Dropper: To select a color from the image to use as a color overlay, simply select the eyedropper and select the color right off the image.

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We wanted to give a soft, golden look to our image, so we simply selected a yellow-bronze color that matched our subjects hair and applied it to the whole image. We kept the opacity slider low so that the color wouldn’t oversaturate the image, giving it a warm, beachy look.

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Best Practices 

Color Overlay is best used near the beginning of your editing workflow. It achieves best results when you apply a blending mode to make it blend more softly into your image.

Color Theme

What is Color Theme? 

Color Theme allows you to change the overall tone and mood of an image with just a few clicks. When photographing, we don’t always have control over the color or lighting of the subjects we photograph. Color Theme allows you to create stronger images that have complementary color palettes and intentional moods. Use different blending modes and opacities to completely and easily transform images.

When should I use Color Theme?

What makes some images stronger than others? Photographs that contain a well thought out color palette, along with other important elements of art and design, complement subject matter and mood to reveal a deep and complex story. Color Theme helps you create stronger images that boast a harmonious color pallet. Inspired by the color theory to quickly and effortlessly recolor images in a more natural looking way than traditional color tuning programs.

What are the Options in Color Theme?

  1. Swatches: When the Color Theme adjustment is first applied, you will see 2 rows of 5 color swatches. Theses five colors represent the 5 most dominant colors in the image. The first row represents the original colors while the second row are the editable ones. If you ever wish to return an edited swatch to i’s original color, just double click on the original swatch.
  1. Color Picker: Just below the color swatches there is a color picker. This is where you select the new colors. Simply highlight the swatch you wish to edit and then select the color you wish to interchange it with from the color picker. You can make colors similar, yet more dramatic or drastically change the color to something new.
  1. Lightness: This slider allows you to create a tint or shade of the selected color. Decreasing the value will create a darker shade, while increasing the value will create a lighter tint.
  1. Details: During the editing process, you may find that the small details were lost. This slider enables you to bring back the really fine details of the image.
  1. Suppress Artifacts: When drastically changing image color, you may notice some image artifacts occurring. Raising the value of the Suppress Artifacts slider will ensure those details are blocked out.

 

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Dual Tone

What is Dual Tone? 

Also called split toning, the Dual Tone Adjustment gives you control over the hue of the highlights and shadows without affecting the brightness of the image or the balances of shadows and highlights themselves. This amazing little tool allows you to easily change the feel of your image with just a few clicks. Add vivid colors and tone to images, instantly changing the mood of any composition. Create subtle hue changes in either highlights or shadows alone, or combine them to balance color or create vivid image effects.

When should I use Dual Tone?

Dual Tone should be used when you want a strong singular color look for your image. Adjusting the highlight or shadow color slider controls the strength of the applied color. Increasing either of these sliders provides access to the hue sliders, where specific tints can be applied. Easily add complementary tones to give images that extra edge towards a pleasing color palette, or add bright vivid tones at full strength to create intense, stylized images in an instant. Combined with Topaz Studio’s blending and opacity controls, you can create an endless array of subtly enhanced image effects or your own library of one click effects to quickly add a consistent color scheme to a batch of images.

What are the Options in Dual Tone?

  1. Highlight Color: Effortlessly control image highlight color strength within any image with the Highlight Color slider. Higher values result in a more saturated and affected highlight color.
  1. Highlight Hue: The Highlight Hue slider only appears if you’ve increased the Highlight Color slider. This lets you pick the chroma cast for the highlights and lighter tones of your images. The chosen hue can easily be seen by the matching color of the Highlight Hue slider which covers the full spectrum of color.
  1. Shadow Color: Effortlessly control image shadow color strength within any image with the Shadow Color slider. Higher values result in a more saturated and affected shadow cast.
  1. Shadow Hue: The Shadow Hue slider only appears if you’ve increased the Shadow Color slider. This lets you pick the chroma cast for the shadows and darker tones of your images. The chosen hue can easily be seen by the matching color of the Shadow Hue slider which covers the full spectrum of color.
  1. Balance: The Balance slider gives you an extra degree of rule over your image toning by controlling the balance of your chosen highlight and shadow hues. Lower values will tint more of your image the chosen shadow hue, while higher values will tint more of your image the chosen highlight hue.

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Edge Exposure

What is Edge Exposure? 

The Edge Exposure Adjustment allows for subtle, yet powerful edits along the edges of images. Increase drama with dark edges, add highlights with white edges, or enhance images with various colors. The Topaz Studio Edge Exposure Adjustment allows you to add faux light sources to image edges, shadows along borders, and colors to enhance photographs. With 4 edge options, 3 exposure controls, and a range of colors to choose from, you can enhance image edges quickly and smoothly.

When should I use Edge Exposure?

Edge Exposure is perfect for subtle changes that enhance edge color, correct edge detail, and add highlights. This versatile and straightforward adjustment allows users to manipulate and control the edge highlights, shadows, and colors of an image. Easily add faux light sources to image edges, shadows along borders, and colors to enhance photographs. The Edge Exposure Adjustment also allows users to correct edge detail and to add transparent gradients that accentuate images.

What are the Options in Edge Exposure?

  1. Edge Icon: The edge icon lets you independently create custom edge exposure for each of the 4 sides of your image. Select left, top, bottom, or right to effect only that edge’s exposure.
  1. Exposure: This slider controls the edge exposure of your image. Simply increase the value of the Exposure slider and the image’s edge will become darker. By decreasing the value, the image’s edge will become lighter.
  1. Size: The Size slider controls the overall size of the edge exposure. Increasing the value of this slider will increase the size of the edge exposure, while decreasing it will decrease the size of the edge exposure.
  1. Transition: The Transition slider controls how smoothly the edge exposure will transition into your image. Increasing the value of this slider will create a softer, more subtle transition.
  1. Color Strength: The Color Strength slider controls the strength of the color of the edge exposure. By default, the color will be black. Increasing this slider will increase opacity of your edge exposure, while decreasing this value will decrease the opacity of your edge exposure.
  1. Color: The Color slider allows you to choose the color of your edge exposure increasing this slider will shift the color to the right, while decreasing this value will shift the color to the left.

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Film Grain

What is Film Grain? 

Film grain is the random texture found on processed film from the presence of small particles of metallic silver, or dye clouds. These particles developed from silver halide which received enough protons during the photography process. Add a true nostalgic feel to images, both black and white as well as color, by adding film grain to mimic traditional film photography. Film Grain makes it completely effortless to create a vintage effect on images. Digital photography has eliminated certain elements such as film grain, traditionally found in film photography. Add that traditional, nostalgic feel and interesting surface texture back into images.

When should I use Film Grain?

Film Grain can help you add interesting textures to create depth in your images. Have images that are too soft or subjects that almost look plastic? Film grain is also great for adding small amounts of texture and increase contrast to create natural looking subjects. The Topaz Studio Film Grain Adjustment gives you complete, control over the grain introduced in your image with the choice of strength, size, and pattern randomness.

What are the Options in Film Grain?

  1. Strength: Easily add film grain with the Strength slider. Simply increase the value of the Strength slider and the image will become more grainy.
  1. Size: Choose the size of the grain with the Size slider. Increasing the value of the slider will create larger grain, while decreasing the value of the slider will create smaller grain.
  1. Randomizer: Choose how uniform the grain is. Increasing the value of this slider will result in a more random pattern of grain, while decreasing the value of this slider will create a more uniform grain.
  1. Noise Type: Noise Type changes the color of the noise in your image. You can make your image noise grey for a more subtle appearance or color for a more dramatic appearance.

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In this image, we wanted the subject’s skin to appear more natural, so we applied the Film Grain filter. This helps us achieve a film-photo look for our portrait. We increased the strength and randomizer sliders in order to add texture from the noise without overwhelming the subject, and we kept the size of the noise small so that it wouldn’t distract from her features. We used grey noise rather than color noise since the colors in the image are muted and soft and we didn’t want to change the overall look of the image.

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Best Practices

Film Grain is best used at the end of your image editing process. It is best used on lightly stylized rather than heavily stylized images. It works well for portraits and photographs that you want to give a vintage appearance to.

Focal Blur

What is Focal Blur?

Focal Blur adds mystical and dreamlike quality to your images through two methods of blur: Circular Blur and Tilt and Shift Blur. The Focal Blurs Adjustment puts the power of a new lens at your disposal without spending more money. Create new looks by easily changing the shape and size of the focal point or add softness and perspective changes to create dreamy atmospheres.

When should I use Focal Blur?

Focal Blur should be used when you want to change the area of focus in your image and draw the eye to a specific point. The Focal Blur Adjustment lets users draw the focus of the eye to specific parts of the composition. Sometimes adding tilt-shift in the field results in inaccurate results and undesired outcomes. Focal Blur allows you to add the perfect effect in post-production by changing the blur type, amount, transition area, placement on the image, and the rotation of the effect. Focal Blur is perfect for enhancing images with a shallow field of focus to make it more pronounced or to add image softness in post production to eliminate distracting edge detail.

What are the Options in Focal Blur?

Circular Blur

  1. Edit Grid Button: The Edit button gives you an on screen manipulation tool to place, size, and rotate the focal point for your circular blur. Clicking the Edit button again will turn off the on-screen manipulation so you can continue editing.
  2. Blur: Control the power of your effect with the Blur slider. Smooth image details outside the area defined in the Edit button’s settings by keeping the blur amount low. Or you can completely obscure any details in your image and unfocus the area outside your circle using a high blur amount.
  3. Transition: Control the feather of the edge of your blur using the Transition slider. A value of zero on this slider will give the blur a hard edge, while higher values will soften the blur edge to create a smoother and more natural look.

Tilt-and-Shift Blur

  1. Blur: Control the power of your effect with the Blur slider. Smooth image details outside the area defined in the Edit button’s settings by keeping the blur amount low. Or you can completely obscure any details in your image and unfocus the area outside your circle using a high blur amount.
  2. Size: The size slider controls the width of your linear Tilt and Shift blur. Lower values create a thinner blur and shallower depth effect. While higher values create broader depth and a smoother effect.
  3. Position: Set the vertical position of the Tilt Shift blur with the Position slider. While the default position is center, lower values will move the focal point down in your image, higher values will move the focal point up.
  4. Rotation: Set the rotation from the center of the blur with the rotation slider, this allows you to align the focal place of the effect to match the focal plane of the image. At the default value, the Tilt and Shift will remain horizontal. Lower values will rotate the effect clockwise, and higher values will rotate the effect counterclockwise.

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In this image, we applied a Tilt and Shift Blur to showcase the beginning of the road, making the end of the road seem farther away and giving shine and focus to the paint in the yellow stripes closest to the camera. Since we did not want the blur to be drastic, we decreased the blur slider, while increasing the size slider to cover the entire image. We adjusted it’s position so it specifically highlighted the lower portion (closest point) in the image. We left the rotation alone to match the horizon line in the image. 

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Best Practices

Focal Blur is best used when applied at the end of your image, or at the top of your editing layer stack. It is best used when you want to apply a strong focal point in your image or create an interesting editing effect.

Motion Blur

What is Motion Blur? 

Use the Motion Blurs filter to add dynamic motion blurs to your images. Create a wide range of effects from subtle energy to intense abstract effects. Add momentum and energy to photos, with 5 dynamic blur options.

What are the Options in Motion Blur?

There are five Motion Blur options with their own unique sets of parameters. Choose between Zoom, Motion, Swirl, Spin, Dither and Cross. Once you’ve selected your option, you can change how each of the individual settings looks with the sliders provided.

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Quad Tone

What is Quad Tone? 

Quad Tone is an advanced toning tool, making it easy to simulate realistic darkroom tones and create stylized artistic effects.

What are the options in Quad Tone?

Black: Click on the corresponding color swatch and a color picker will pop-up for a color to be selected that will replace or highlight the black tones in your image.

Shadow: Click on the corresponding color swatch and a color picker will pop-up for a color to be selected that will replace or highlight the shadowy tones in your image.

Highlight: Click on the corresponding color swatch and a color picker will pop-up for a color to be selected that will replace or highlight the highlighted tones in your image.

White: Click on the corresponding color swatch and a color picker will pop-up for a color to be selected that will replace or highlight the white tones in your image.

Strength: Determines the strength of the tones applied to the image.

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Vignette

What is Vignette? 

Create a variety of vignettes with easy to use controls that make it effortless to customize edge styles, colors, and vignette position.  Crafting vignettes should be easy and fun, not tedious and cumbersome. Other editing tools can be difficult to learn and time consuming. The Vignette Adjustment is completely flexible, providing users with the ability to effortlessly customize and change the strength, size, transition, roundness, color, and center of a vignette.

When should I use Vignette?

The numerous possibilities allows users to complete artistic visions quickly with this basic, yet flexible tool. Create soft and subtle edges or blend in colorful and bold vignettes to accentuate images. The natural and beautiful color transitions make this adjustment perfect for editing portraits, weddings, landscapes, and more. Sometimes even the simplest changes can be complicated to make. The Vignette Adjustment offers a variety of looks and adds vignettes to images without contradicting the purity of the original image. This adjustment naturally enhances and blends vignette edges, allowing for natural color enhancements, dramatic edges, and everything in between.

What are the Options in Vignette?

  1. Strength: Make the intensity of the vignette as strong or as subtle as you like.
  1. Size: Easily control the size of the vignette with and make the effect as large or as small as you need.
  1. Transition: Sharp or soft edges, you decide.
  1. Roundness: Make your vignette corners as round as you like.
  1. Color: Select your own custom color from black to white and every color in between. Smart technology adds vignette color without making images dark and muddy.
  1. Vignette Center: Customize and place the vignette center point anywhere on the image.

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