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Topaz Labs just released Topaz Impression 2, an updated version of their painting software, adding more presets, integrated masking, and many other features, listed below. The update is free to anyone who already owns Impression.

Here is the Topaz download link:
Topaz Impression 2  and enter “lespalenik” as the coupon code to get the $15 discount.

New features:
• 30+ New effects – Impression 2 now comes with over 140 effects!
• Larger Brush Panel – no more squinting to find the brush you need.
• Masking – Impression 2 now includes masking in application! Using a brush, color range, luminosity range, or spot masking, the masking panel even includes our color aware tool.
• Topaz Community – now you can share your created effects with the other users of Impression 2 with a click of a button. Not seeing an effect you like? Browse the Topaz Community to surf an ocean of custom user made effects.
• New brush customization options:
– “Number of strokes” options to change the number of strokes applied to the image.
– “Large Brush Volume” that adjust paint volume in large areas of color to help focus on the details.
– “Stroke “Rotation Variation” to add randomness to your effect strokes.
• Highlight and Shadow control in the lighting menu.
• Support for High DPI (4k) monitors in Windows 7/8/10

Below are some images that I processed with the new Impression program.

Topaz link to purchase, update, or try the Impression 2 plugin for 30 days at free:
Topaz Impression 2. Or if you want to buy it with a discount, you can use the same link, and enter “lespalenik” as the coupon code to get the 15% discount.


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Topaz ReMask5

Topaz Labs just released Topaz ReMask 5, an updated version of their masking software, complete with new features. The update is free to anyone who already owns ReMask, and for those who don’t own it, ReMask 5 will be on sale ($20 off) from August 25th – September 18th. You can share the coupon code “GetReMask5” with your friends so they can also take advantage of the discounted price of $49.99 (regularly $69.99).

Download the program, and run the installation program. The install program will create two versions – a standalone program and a plugin in your Filters menu. In addition, you can invoke Remask5 directly from Adobe Lightroom.

If you use the program in standalone mode, you can not only extract a masked element, but also replace and edit the background of the masked image without leaving the program. You can choose from transparent, solid color, or another image backgrounds. If you bring in another image as background, you can adjust the brightness, contrast, blur, and color saturation just by using the sliders, or you can scale the background image by grabbing the corners and dragging them outwards. Once done, you can save your composite image as JPG, TIFF, or PNG file.

Here is one image from which I extracted the canoe and then brought in another image with a section of a road, all done in a few minutes, and entirely in the ReMask5.

Here is the Topaz link:
Topaz Remask  and enter “GetReMask5” as the coupon code to get the $20 discount.

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Topaz Glow

Topaz Labs is an interesting little plugin that detects hidden textures that aren’t visible to the naked eye and then illuminates these hidden contours in a special way (customizable through 72 presets and special sliders). The result is quite surreal – not necessarily applicable to just any image, but sometimes creating quite interesting look like tracing your photo with intense luminescent ink.

Topaz website has many stunning Before and After image examples processed by Glow. You can view them by visiting their site using the provided link below.

I am still experimenting with various options in the new program. Not every image lends itself for this type of processing and sometimes you may discover quite unexpected results. Here is one of my airplane images which I processed in Glow using two different resets:

Original image (Before)

and After

Below is a winter scene from my street after a snow storm.
First the original image:

Next picture processed by Glow’s Liquify preset and blended with the original image.

and the same image converted to Black and White

and here is something different:
Two plump chicks processed with the Fur-And-Feathers preset:

To view, purchase, and download the new Glow plugin, use the following link:
Topaz Labs Glow

[s]and enter “INTROGLOW” as the discount code to obtain $20 discount from the regular $69.99 price.[/s]

IMPORTANT: If you already own the Topaz Collection, use the same link and login with your Topaz id, and you’ll get additional $10 discount.

To purchase another Topaz plugin or the entire collection, you can use the same link and a discount code “lespalenik” for 15% discount. This will work at anytime for any Topaz single plugin or a complete bundle.

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