Has anyone tried Topaz Adjust? I keep seeing ads for it at the bottom of the forum pages and garfield mentioned it in a post a few weeks ago, but the search function doesn't turn up any other reference to it.
Most of the examples at the Topaz Labs site are way overdone to my taste, but a few of them look pretty good -- the effects are variable. It only requires one image and includes noise reduction they claim to be as good as certain stand-alone programs. It works with Photoshop CS or higher, Photoshop Elements, Paintshop Pro and others -- but not GIMP.
Unfortunately, the introductory price is about to expire...
I read about it on another forum and downloaded the trial version last night. It is very easy to use, and you can get some neat effects. The presets are a little heavy-handed, but you can also work up your own effects, then save them as presets. This makes it easier to tone things down. Also, my limited experience with it showed me that it doesn't work that well with people. You can, however, work on a duplicate layer, then add a layer mask, and paint out the effects of the program where you don't want them. I tried that, and did achieve a much nicer looking end result. Hope this helps.
Yes Bob`s right,I did mention this a while ago. Good of you guys to post some examples.I always like to have a look and believe there is always something to be gained from different software.We may have our own preferences but every program is different.I dont know if I dreamed this but did I read that Topaz can do its stuff with just the one photo?Garfield
Yes, my examples are with one photo only (no bracketed exposures, no Photoshop shadow/highlight prep).
I just purchased Topaz and was curious to see how it compared to Lucis Pro 6, which is $545. I work with gigantic files and Lucis Pro has a very simple interface, but is extremely powerful. Topaz is comparable to Lucis Lite, but still seems to clobber things a bit. I can see it working great for most people but with the resolution of my images and the detail control I want - Lucis did the job and was worth the price. I can make up the cost in my work so it is worth it. Topaz just didn't blow me away when I used it on my bigger files.
locoroyal brings up a good point: Lucis Pro (http://www.plugsandpixels.com/lucisartpro.html) is the best in its class for doing the popular "Lucis" effect. And if you can easily recoup or write off its cost, you should go for it. Even the developer doesn't expect home users to spring for it.
Adjust is perfectly suited for home and even some pro users. The latest news about Adjust is its serial number will work with Topaz' new DeNoise plug-in (http://www.plugsandpixels.com/denoise.html). That's an official promo upgrade, not a bug ;-).
Is Lucis Pro 6 compatible with Photoshop CS2? Or is it a stand-alone program?ThanksGarfield
No, Lucis Pro 6 is a plug-in, compatible with CS3 and up. Lucis Pro 5 was standalone.
Adjust owners are currently getting Topaz Lab's new DeNoise 2.1 for free.