Sorry I’ve been away for a while but it seems like all of my electronic goodies are pitching a fit…
- my cell phone (which ended up having to have a factory reset done and now I’ve had to search around for which gmail address I used for buying apps for installing)
- my laptop (did a fresh install of Windows 10 to see if that would take care of the problem – not really)
- our DVR box (all but one recording didn’t get erased) and the camel to break my back…
- my main external hard drive has crashed which means I’ve lost quite a few of my recent photos (because my backup external hard drive was almost out of space), a backup of the laptop I mentioned above, software downloads…you get the picture.
Okay, enough of my “blues” on a positive note Topaz Labs has come out with a new program titled Texture Effects; I downloaded the 30-day trial on Thursday and signed up for one of their webinars the next morning. After watching the webinar on Friday morning I installed the program and put it to immediate use on one of the recent photos I took of my purple gladiolas. So here we go!
Here is the original photo I took with my Olympus OM-D EM-5 with the Sigma 50mm macro lens (manual focus/Nikon mount) thanks to my Fotodiox Nikon to micro 4/3 adapter.
So this is the screen you will see within Texture Effects. On the right is the list of what I used to create the look.
As you can see I started with a Basic Adjustment with the following settings:
Adjusting the Temperature and Tint changed the “blue” gladiolas into their (closer) purple color. One thing to mention is that Texture Effects (as a stand alone program) only recognizes jpeg’s, it didn’t notice my RAW files at all (which showed the flowers as being purple).
With the Basic Adjustment making the flowers look more the way I wanted I was now ready to add my first texture. The texture I chose made the flowers the color I wanted. Since I only wanted it affecting the flowers I scrolled down to the Mask area and clicked on brush, changed the settings by adjusting the sliders then painted the black areas.
I liked what the 2nd texture did to the overall photo after flipping it Vertically. I forgot to mention that hovering over the textures will give you a real-time preview right on your photo.
The third texture I chose added some grittiness to the photo…
The 4th texture added a neat look to the background…
The 5th texture added another interesting look to the background.
It was looking really good but the flowers were now not as noticeable. I selected Double Exposure, imported my original photo and changed the settings.
I then used the Basic Adjustment again and changed the settings for Highlight, Clarity, Temperature and Tint. I also added a mask so that some of the highlight areas of the flowers were not affected.
My last step in Texture Effects was adding a Vignette. I didn’t want it to be black so I changed it to a darker purple and played around with the sliders before clicking Center and moving it around to where I wanted.
Here is the final image in Texture Effects…
I then imported the photo into Lightroom 5 to add my watermark/logo and decided to play around with the settings just a little. I adjusted the Contrast, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Clarity and created just a slight “S” shape to the Tone Curve.
I really like Texture Effects and will more than likely buy it soon. It is about as fun as creating fine art photos on my iPad mini, meaning in a relatively short amount of time you can create a unique photo. You can save your “presets” and, if you choose, share them with the community for others to download and use.
Depending on your computer you may not be able to run the program as it is huge! Gigabyte(s) huge. Each of the textures are 5000×5000 pixels. I’m using a 17 inch touchscreen laptop with an AMD A10 chip, 8GB of memory and 1 TB of storage. You’re supposed to be able to run it from within Photoshop and I think I read Lightroom but know that your resources will be stretched to their max and things could slow down to a crawl.
Have you tried Topaz Labs’ Texture Effects yet? If so, did you like it? Feel free to leave your answer in the comments…or ask any questions about the software.
Products used in this post (amazon.com affiliate links unless otherwise noted)…
- Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen [Body Only] Silver (not affiliate link as this model has been discontinued)
- Fotodiox Pro Lens Mount Adapter, Nikon Lens to Micro Four Thirds Cameras
- Sigma Fixed/Prime 50mm f/2.8 Macro MF Manual Focus (search results on ebay)