Essential Filters

AI Clear

Basic Adjustment

Brightness Contrast

Black and White

Curves

Dehaze

HSL Color Tuning

Precision Contrast

Precision Detail

Reduce Noise

Sharpen

AI Clear

What is AI Clear? 

A.I. Clear is the first desktop application that uses a custom A.I. noise model to quickly remove image noise and enhance image details. Other A.I. implementations require you to upload your image to an external server for cloud processing, taking control of your images out of your hands and wasting minutes or hours to get you a processed result. A.I. Clear uses your machine to process and enhance your images locally without costing you time, bandwidth, and control.

When should I use AI Clear?

AI Clear is perfect for images with more noise than you’d like – nighttime images, high ISO images, and more. Our proprietary noise model is trained to specifically locate and eliminate image noise even in images where it’s hard for a human eye to perceive. Stubborn visible noise is extracted and fuzzy details are enhanced to drastically transform high ISO images. Even “noise-free” images are polished and sharpened to pixel-perfect form. 

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Basic Adjustment

What is Basic Adjustment? 

Get access to all the common tools you need to balance your exposure, correct color, and control image detail with a more impactful and intelligent result than options like Lightroom and Photoshop. There is always a give and take between exposure, color, and detail with traditional adjustments, especially in the highs and lows of the histogram. If you crank the exposure too far, you’ll generate hotspots, lose detail, and get color shift. Deepen the shadows too much and you’ve muddied your image and lost detail and vibrance. With the Basic Adjustment you can give it your all.

When should I use Basic Adjustment?

The Topaz Studio Basic Adjustment gives you complete, independent control of your color, exposure, and detail. Maintain image detail with every exposure or color adjustment from now on. With the Basic Adjustment, you have all the common tools you need to balance your exposure and correct color, all while maintaining image detail. Effortlessly update your image exposure with 4 convenient sliders. Develop the perfect image with correct overall exposures, modified shadows and highlights, and adjusted image clarity. Color changes can be made easily with 4 different color sliders. Update the saturation, change color detail, modify temperatures, and shift the tint to perfect the image.

What are the Options in Basic Adjustment?

  1. Exposure: Easily update the overall exposure of the image by adjusting the Exposure slider. Simply increase the value of the Exposure slider and the image will become lighter. By decreasing the value, the overall image will become darker. No matter what you do, you’ll never lose color or image integrity, even with extreme adjustments.
  2. Shadow: Selectively manipulate shadows and dark tones within any image with the Shadow slider. Lighten all the shadows within an image by increasing the value of the slider or darken shadows and lowlights by decreasing the value. Any adjustment made will only affect the darker image tones and shadows.
  3. Highlight: Effortlessly control image highlights within any image with the Highlight slider. Lighten all the shadows within an image by decreasing the value of the slider or increase the brightness of highlights by increasing the value. The adjustment will selectively affect the lightest areas of the image.
  4. Clarity: Clarity’s microcontrast technology emulates a skilled retoucher’s method of selectively brightening and darkening parts of your image. Bring out details in images by increasing the value of the slider. To soften image details simply decrease the Clarity slider.
  5. Saturation: The Saturation slider in the Basic Adjustment easily adds and removes color from images. Increase or decrease overall image saturation by changing the value of the slider.
  6. Temperature: The Temperature slider allows you to effortlessly make images warmer or cooler. Increase the slider to add more yellow to warm up an image or decrease the slider to add more blue to make an image appear cooler.
  7. Tint: Update an image’s overall color cast with the Tint slider. Decreasing the tint value will increase the green tint to an image while increasing the value will create a magenta tint.

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Black and White

What is Black and White? 

Other editing programs, such as Photoshop, allow you to desaturate images. The Black and White Adjustment in Topaz Studio has the ability to augment and change each color channel separately, allowing for perfected edits. The Black and White Adjustment makes transforming color images into dramatic black and white images simple and precise. Users have the capability to change and perfect 9 different color channels and can control the image brightness and details in this adjustment. The ability to use the Suppress Artifacts and Color Sensitivity sliders ensures that the proper color range is affected while editing. 

When should I use Black and White?

The high range of adjustment possibilities allows users to transform any color image into an elegant black and white photograph. The results are graceful tonal transitions that metamorphosizes images into dramatic photographs. The ability to suppress artifacts allows for smooth and natural tonal transitions and edges.

What are the Options in Black and White

Color Bands

9 Color Band Sliders: The Black and White Adjustment contains 9 Color Band Sliders, allowing for complete control over image conversion. The adjustment analyzes images and assigns a color value to each and every pixel within an image. These color values are then collected and organized into 1 of 9 different bands, 1 for each color and 1 for no color, or Gray. For precision edits, adjust the slider to change one color band at a time. Moving the slider to a value of 1.00 will lighten the color band and moving the color band towards a value of 0.00 will darken that color region.

Refinement Sliders

  1. Brightness: Make the overall image as light or as dark as you need.
  2. Details: The details slider allows you to pull out details or soften your image.
  3. Suppress Artifacts: Smooths artifacts for a natural and organic color transition, no matter how extreme your changes are.
  4. Color Sensitivity: Expands the original color range selection to expand or narrow the affected areas of tonal change.

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Brightness Contrast

What is Brightness Contrast? 

This simple utility transforms lackluster images by adding full spectrums of brightness, contrast, and saturation to images. Brightness Contrast lets users correct and update images with absolute control over the brightness, contrast, and saturation of an image. This easy to use, extremely versatile tool provides users with an array of possibilities. From inverted colors to bold contrast to soft and dreamy, Brightness Contrast gives you the ability to make your images come alive.

When should I use Brightness Contrast?

The common issues of dull images are lack of light, incorrect exposure, improper camera settings, and even focus issues. The Brightness Contrast Adjustment within Topaz Studio allows users to recapture their vision by quickly correcting image contrast, brightness, and color. The high ranges of the adjustments are unlike any tool we’ve offered before. The possibilities allow users to create artistic visions, delicate edits, and bold images quickly. The 28 Blending Modes, Opacity slider, and Masking options open up a world of editing possibilities. Suddenly, this little adjustment isn’t so little after all.

What are the Options in Brightness Contrast?

  1. Brightness: Correct images or add artistic flare by changing the brightness of the image from pure white to solid black and anywhere in between.
  1. Contrast: From intense contrast to dreamy and soft contrast to completely inverted, Brightness Contrast offers a variety of editing possibilities.
  2. Saturation: From bold to subtle, desaturated to inverted, choose any saturation you like! The full spectrum of choices allows for bold colors, delicate hues, and artistic combinations.

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Curves

What is Curves? 

The Curves Filter is one of the most versatile and powerful tone control tools available. Quickly relocate anchor points along the RGB Curve Line to lighten or darken overall image tones or adjust channels individually to heighten or lessen color saturation and to adjust hues. Easily change overall contrast with the RGB Channel curve or quickly stylize any image using 3 different individual color channels. Affect only the area you want with the Topaz Studio built in Masking and Blending options.

When should I use Curves?

The Topaz Studio Tone Curves Adjustment is a great way to adjust contrast and to correct image tone, hue, and color. Post production editing is made easy with 4 different tone curve options.

What are the Options in Curves?

  1. RGB Channel: Easily update the overall exposure and contrast of any image by adjusting the RGB Channel. Simply click on the RGB Channel Line to grab and move the tone curve or click anywhere within the panel to set an Adjustment Point. To move an Adjustment Point, click on it and drag. To remove an Adjustment Point, simply right click on the point.
  2. Red Channel: Quickly change the Red Channel and change hues or add saturation. Select the Red Channel Line to relocate the tone curve or click anywhere within the panel to set an Adjustment Point. To move an Adjustment Point, click on it and drag it to a new point. To remove an Adjustment Point, right click on the point.
  3. Green Channel: Update the Green Channel to change image hues and add saturation. Simply click on the Green Channel Line to grab and move the tone curve or click anywhere within the panel to set an Adjustment Point. To move an Adjustment Point, just select it and drag it. To remove an adjustment point, right click on the point.
  4. Blue Channel: Change the Blue Channel to modify related hues and saturation. Click on the Blue Channel Line to grab and move the tone curve or click anywhere within the panel to set an Adjustment Point. To move an Adjustment Point, click on it and move it to a new location. To remove an adjustment point, right click on the point.

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Dehaze

What is Dehaze? 

DeHaze analyzes your image and creates an atmospheric profile tailored specifically to the image to mathematically reverse the effect of haze. Most DeHaze tools simply boost contrast and saturation to combat haze. Topaz DeHaze builds an atmospheric profile of the haze in your image, including estimation of the depth of your subject to accurately reverse the effects of atmospheric haze, smoke, fog, or light pollution in your image. DeHaze reverses the effect that atmospheric light reflection has on images. The result is natural, clear images that boast rejuvenated contrast and color saturation.

When should I use Dehaze?

It’s a early morning and you’re photographing your child’s first baseball game or maybe some wildlife as life begins for the day. You’re really looking forward to these photos because you know you got some good ones.

To your dismay, the morning dew ruined all the images. You can barely make out the subject matter. The little details that you remembered are now overpowered by a desaturating blanket of haze.

Haze and fog act like an image filter, reducing saturation and contrast. Traditional fog reduction filters introduce artifacts. The Topaz Studio DeHaze Adjustment creates a tailored layer adjustment for each image that allows users to bring life back to images with a completely natural result.

What are the Options in Dehaze?

  1. Strength: This slider controls the overall strength of DeHaze. The poorer the air quality or the farther distance between you and your subject matter, the stronger strength you will want to use. To increase the strength of DeHaze, simply increase the value of the Strength slider and the image will become less hazy.
  2. Suppress Artifacts: When increasing the Strength slider in the DeHaze Adjustment, you may notice some image artifacts occurring. Increasing the value of the Suppress Artifacts slider will increase the amount of artifacts that are blocked out to ensure a clean and natural appearance.

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HSL Color Tuning

What is HSL Color Tuning? 

HSL Color Tuning allows for very high color range changes across ten color bands and smooths artifacts for a natural color transition. Achieve natural edges unlike ever before. HSL Color Tuning allows users to manipulate and completely control the hue, saturation, and lightness of images. Unlike other HSL tools, Topaz Studio HSL Color Tuning provides more than the standard three adjustments. Along with the ability to edit and manipulate the hue, saturation, and lightness, users may also sharpen or soften image details, suppress artifacts, and change the sensitivity of the color range within the image.

When should I use HSL Color Tuning?

The high range of adjustment possibilities allows users to create artistic visions yet is delicate enough to make completely natural and flowing changes within images. The ability to suppress artifacts allows for smooth and natural color transitions and edges, no matter how extreme the change may be.

What are the Options in HSL Color Tuning?

  1. Color Bands: Select the overall color spectrum to manipulate the entire image or select any of the 9 individual color bands for localized color changes.
  1. Hue: Shift the overall or selected color hue with the widest range available in an HSL tool. Take images from dull or dreary to vibrant or surreal with just the slide of a control.
  1. Overall Saturation: The built in saturation control allows you to increase or decrease the color saturation within the image.
  1. Overall Lightness: Make the overall image as light or as dark as you need.
  1. Details: The details slider allows you to pull out details or soften your image.
  1. Suppress Artifacts: Smooths artifacts for a natural and organic color transition, no matter how extreme your changes are.
  1. Color Sensitivity: Expands the color range selection to expand or narrow the affected areas of color change.

 

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Precision Contrast

What is Precision Contrast? 

Precision Contrast amplifies the smallest details and selectively increases contrast without introducing artifacts or halo effects. Contrast tools are always a balancing act. Correcting for highlights often leaves shadows too dark with lost details and correcting for shadows often leave highlights stark and blown out. Precision Contrast has unique, selective detail technology that allows you to have the best of both worlds. The Precision Contrast Adjustment makes adjusting contrast easy. Specifically tailor image adjustments by correcting micro, small, medium, and high contrast levels independently. Create contrast exactly where you want it.

When should I use Precision Contrast?

Precision Contrast helps to create beautiful and striking images that still look completely realistic. Flat photographs that lack contrast and depth are magically transformed with the Topaz Studio Precision Contrast Adjustment.  Selectively change the color saturation of small details in the image without changing the color contrast in large details. You now have the ability to add fun blasts of color without over saturation of the entire image.

What are the Options in Precision Contrast?

  1. Micro: Easily create micro contrast by adjusting the Micro slider. Simply increase the value of the Micro slider to increase micro contrast. By decreasing the value, the micro contrast of the image will become less apparent. This slider is great for enhancing very minute differences in contrast. Slight ripples, light clouds or smoke, and hair can be enhanced using this slider.
  1. Low: Effortlessly create low contrast by adjusting the Low slider. Increasing the value of the Low slider will increase low contrast. By decreasing the value, the low contrast of the image will become less apparent. This slider enhances small differences in contrast, about twice the value of the Micro slider. The low detail slider works great for larger waves, storm clouds, trees, and textures.
  1. Medium: Adjust medium contrast with the Medium slider. Increasing the value of the Medium slider will increase medium contrast. By decreasing the value, the medium contrast of the image will become less apparent. This slider enhances larger details. The Medium slider is great for adjusting images that feature natural elements like rocks, trees, or other organic material that have a heavier contrast.
  1. High: Quickly adjust high contrast with the High slider. Increase the value of the High slider to increase contrast in High contrast areas. By decreasing the value, the high contrast areas of the image will become less visible. This slider enhances the highest of contrasts in images and is perfect for editing the darkest areas.
  1. Shadow: Selectively manipulate shadows and dark tones within any image with the Shadow slider. Lighten all the shadows within an image by increasing the value of the slider or darken shadows and lowlights by decreasing the value. Any adjustment made will only affect the darker image tones and shadows.
  1. Midtones: The Midtones Slider allows control over midtones within your image. To darken all the midtones, decrease the value of the slider. To increase the brightness of midtones, increase the value of this slider. The adjustment will selectively affect the midtones of the image, leaving your highlights and shadows untouched.
  1. Highlight: Effortlessly control image highlights within any image with the Highlight slider. Darken all the highlights within an image by decreasing the value of the slider or increase the brightness of highlights by increasing the value. The adjustment will selectively affect the lightest areas of the image.
  1. Equalization: The Equalization Slider allows you to equalize image exposure by predetermined regions. This will result in an image that boast consistent contrast throughout its composition. Low equalization will use 5 regions, medium equalization will use 10 regions, and high equalization will use 20 regions.
  1. Color Contrast: Sometimes, when adjusting contrast, color can be lost in small details. The Color slider selectively brings back those colors without affecting larger details of the image. Increasing this value will increase saturation in the small details, while decreasing the value will decrease saturation of small details.
  1. Saturation: Easily update the overall image saturation by adjusting the Saturation Slider. Simply increase the value of the Saturation Slider and the image colors will become more saturated. By decreasing the value, the overall image will become less saturated.
  1. Vibrant: The Vibrant Slider will only affect image colors of low saturation. Easily change the saturation in the desaturated areas of your image with this slider. Increase the value of the Vibrant Slider and watch the low saturation areas become more saturated. By decreasing the value, the low saturated areas will become even less saturated.

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Precision Detail

What is Precision Detail? 

Precision Detail takes a fundamentally different approach to sharpening. Instead of haphazardly increasing edge contrast, Precision Detail carefully figures out which parts of your image are “detail” and which are not. Then, it lets you independently adjust detail.

What are the Options in Precision Detail?

Topaz Detail works by “enhancing the structural information in your image,” which is geek code for how the software algorithm works. The Precision Detail tool figures out which part of the image is actual detail and which parts are soft. The software helps control the detail in small, medium, and large size objects or artifacts in an image.

Three buttons determine what areas of the image it affects: Overall, Shadows or Highlights. The slider labels change when you select a different button.

There’s also a Lighting section to make changes to the tonality of the image. A companion slider to the detail slider is a boost slider to tweak the effect.

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Reduce Noise

What is Reduce Noise? 

Reduce Noise is the perfect combination of noise removal and detail retention that yields a beautifully consistent and distinct image. Reduce Noise removes noise with advanced technology that analyzes images and builds a custom noise and detail profile to ensure fine image noise is removed, while small details remain untouched.

When should I use Reduce Noise?

Digital noise happens in low light photographs, with slow shutter speeds, and even high sensitivity modes. In most lighting cases, the light is stronger than the noise. However, in extreme cases where the light is low, noise levels can become significant and result in pixels that include more noise data than photo light data. The Noise Reduction Adjustment makes removing high image noise effortless, all while retaining image detail and suppressing the introduction of artifacts.

What are the Options in Reduce Noise?

  1. Remove Noise: Easily remove distracting image noise. Simply increase the value of the Remove Noise slider and watch image noise disappear!
  1. Fine Noise: Increasing the value of the Fine Noise slider reduces small luminance noise without removing fine image details, while decreasing the slider will introduce fine image noise into your image.
  1. Color Noise: This slider reduces color noise. Increasing the value of the Color Noise slider will increase the reduction strength of color noise in the image while decreasing the value of the Color Noise slider will increase the visibility of color noise in the image. Color noise is commonly seen as red and green pixels in images.
  1. Reduce Lens Blur: Increasing the value of the Reduce Lens Blur slider sharpens images by reducing the blur on any slightly out of focus subjects or object.

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Sharpen

What is Sharpen? 

Sharpen is a quick and effective way to recover image sharpness without magnifying image noise. Much like traditional sharpening tools, the adjustment utilizes an unsharpening mask to enhance details. What makes this tool unique is the threshold slider, which ensures you get the perfect combination of image sharpness and noise reduction.

When should I use Sharpen?

Let the details in your image be amplified, without being drowned out by distracting image noise. Use the Unsharp Mask to bring back details to create tack sharp images and DeBlur to correct blurry, out of focus images.

What are the Options in Sharpen?

Select Sharpen Type:

  1. Unsharp Mask: Select the Unsharp mask to create a clearer, sharper image. Utilizing unsharpening mask technology creates naturally looking, sharper images by using the image to get the base layer instead of just a cookie cutter contrast sharpening.
  1. DeBlur: Use DeBlur to correct image blur. This type of sharpening utilizes the blind deconvolution process to mathematically correct images. The technology in DeBlur analyzes the output image and has the ability to make educated guesses on the intended input to correct blurred images.

The sliders and what they do:

  1. Strength: Increasing the value of this slider increases the the overall strength of the selected sharpen type within the Sharpen Adjustment.
  1. Radius: This slider is only available for DeBlur. Increasing this slider will increase how strong the contrast of the edge of DeBlur is.
  1. Threshold: Increasing the value of this slider will increase the amount of details that are untouched by the Sharpen Adjustment. Utilizing this slider will allow for sharper images, but block out distracting image noise.

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