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What’s New in Topaz Studio 2

Two weeks ago, we released our latest product, Topaz Studio 2! The release plan was to get the amazing features of Topaz Studio 2 to our customers, while following fast with additional features and improvements. Over the last two weeks, we’ve held to that commitment and released 7 updates that included the planned features as well as improvements based on invaluable feedback from our customers. We are excited about what we have accomplished together thus far in such a short period of time! Our team is committed to continuing to add features, enhance, and support Studio 2 and it’s users. Check out the progress that has been made since the product’s release:

Additions:

  • Crop / Rotate / Straighten
  • Resizing
  • Studio 2 Project Files that complete save and return you to your workspace
  • Histogram
  • Filter Level Presets including the ability to add your own
  • Image Navigator
  • Search by Name in AI Remix, Texture, and Digital Frame
  • Tools Menu for quick access to Histogram, Crop, Navigator
  • Copy and Paste Masks between layers
  • Complete Texture Management

Improvements:

  • Ability to Save Studio 2 Project while in Photoshop or External Editor modes
  • Textures now have names
  • Masking UI Improvements
  • Updated UI in Filter control panels to not clip top control
  • TS1 Custom and Favorite Effects can now be converted to TS2 My Looks
  • Add Filter Panel now remembers last viewed state (Filters, Favorites, Recent)
  • Add Look Panel now remembers last viewed state (category, sort, thumbnail size)
  • The “+ Add Filter” Menu has been restyled to make the categories more prominent
  • Layer mask now has blue border when it’s selected
  • Hovering over textures no longer changes preview

Fixes:

  • Fixed issue preventing tiff files from opening on windows machines
  • “+ Add Look” menu defaults to “All category”
  • Fixed update screen
  • JPEG export no longer dramatically reduces image size and quality
  • Fix crash when applying recently used Look
  • Studio 2 no longer replaces Studio 1 in PS Filters menu (“Topaz Labs -> Studio 2”)
  • Default export filename suffix is now “-studio”
  • Improved undo/redo consistency 
  • Textures, AI Remix, and Digital Frame assets were restored
  • Exporting to JPEG format no longer results in extra .jpg in the file name
  • Fixed the Lightroom Classic External Editor workflow
  • Remember chosen export path within the session
  • Application now warns when your image has been modified and you are trying to: 
    • Open an image
    • Open a recent file
    • Close an image
    • Drag and drop an image
    • Exit the application
  • Initial colorspace for JPG/JPEG files is now sRGB (once changed, it will be remembered going forward)
  • Glow filter Primary Detail Strength no longer removes the effect of other filters

Not only has our product team worked diligently over the last two weeks to bring these improvements to Studio 2, we’ve also shared our road map to let you know where this product is going. There’s a lot of improvements and new features on the horizon that we can’t wait to share with you. Here’s a little taste of what’s to come:

Coming Soon:

  • Plugin Support for Topaz Products
  • Heal
  • Image (pixel) Layers for Compositing
  • Improved Wacom Tablet Masking Support
  • Enhanced Masking Experience
  • User Interface update on the individual Filter Panels
  • And much, much more!

We cannot thank our users enough for providing invaluable feedback during these early days of this revolutionary product. We can’t wait to share more of Studio 2 with you in the months to come.

-Topaz Team

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Topaz Studio 2

Some exciting news to share: Topaz Studio 2 will launch next week! (7/25 update: it’s available now.) It will look quite different than the current version of Studio, so I wanted to give some context on why.
 
We’ve rebuilt Studio from the ground up to be much simpler and faster to use. Our main design intention is to offer an image editor that excels at supporting creative post-processing workflows (like retouching or digital art) beyond simple image corrections. To make this happen, the new Studio provides a fully non-destructive layer workflow, an improved masking experience, and a robust Looks library.
 
With that in mind, there are some major differences between Studio 1 vs 2:
 
1. Pricing change. Instead of paying for each add-on you want to use, Topaz Studio 2 will now be available for a single flat fee of $99.99 that includes all adjustments by default. There will be no free version. If you’ve previously bought Studio adjustments, read the free upgrade path at the end of this post.
 
2. Full non-destructive layer support. As mentioned before, Topaz Studio 2 now has full layer support – and everything you do is non-destructive. Looks (formerly presets) go on their own layers so you can now mix, match, and stack them. (Apply and Duplicate no longer necessary!)
 

3. Major UI refresh. Topaz Studio 2 received a major user interface change focused around layers. You can easily drag and drop to rearrange layers, access layer masks, and control blending/opacity. It does look quite different than the current Studio, but we’re confident this new workflow will enable you to work more quickly and easily than before.

A couple things to keep in mind with Studio 2:
 
  • You will be able to use Studio 1 alongside Studio 2, but you will not be able to buy any additional paid adjustments
  • The old Studio 1 .tsp format will no longer be compatible
  • Studio 1 presets will not be compatible at launch, but we will offer a utility to help migrate custom Studio 1 presets into Studio 2
  • Studio 2 will not support plug-ins upon release, but this will be added soon
Upgrading from the current Topaz Studio
 
  • If you own Studio adjustments with total list price >$99.99, you’ll receive Studio 2 for free.
  • If you own Studio adjustments with total list price <$99.99, you’ll receive store credit for the adjustments you do own.
Note that we’re calculating this based on full price (not paid price), so if you’ve received products as free upgrades or bought any on sale then you’re getting an even better deal. We’ll have a webpage to check your upgrade availability by the time of the release.
 
We know this change represents a major impact to your workflow if you rely on Studio, but we think you’ll find that it’s worth it. In addition to what it will be capable of upon next week’s launch, we’re committed to delivering rapid improvements to Studio in the coming few months. 
 
We can’t wait to see what you create with Studio 2. Let us know what you think in the comments!
 
7/24/19 update: The free upgrade eligibility page is now available after you log in.
 
7/25/19 update: Topaz Studio 2 has been officially released!
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Getting Started with Adjust AI

This article is to introduce you to and provide you with some helpful resources to using Topaz Adjust AI to create more vivid photos that pop!

Why You’d Want to Use Topaz Adjust AI​

Jaded by “auto-correct” technologies in the past, Adjust AI makes skeptics into believers. Artificial intelligence is allowing us to make the solutions we always wished existed but never knew were possible until now. 

Rather than trying to interpret all the changes that need to happen in manual sliders, you can use our AI-powered modes to bring out the colors, shadows, details, and more to make your photos as vivid as intended—all in one step.

Adjust AI was created for everyone. If you’re a busy pro-photographer, you’ll speed up your workflow while maintaining high-quality results. Or if you’re just a beginner, you’ll get professional-quality adjustments in our user-friendly software without spending hours learning how.

When to Use Topaz Adjust AI in Your Workflow

To achieve the best results with Adjust AI, we recommend the following workflow:

  1. Import photo. Use JPEG to RAW AI to restore RAW editing capabilities if needed.

  2. Apply noise reduction with DeNoise AI.

  3. Make any composition, cropping, or straightening adjustments desired in Topaz Studio.

  4. Apply Adjust AI and make any further tweaks.

Adjust AI can be used as a standalone, or as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, or Topaz Studio. You can find some more information on how to invoke Adjust AI as a plugin here. 

Installation Tips​

Here’s a quick rundown to get you up and running with Topaz Adjust AI!

BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD, please check out the requirements below and see what kind of performance to expect:

After meeting the requirements, simply follow the directions below:

  • Download Adjust AI from the Topaz Labs Downloads Page.
  • Log in with your Topaz Labs account or the email address that you used to purchase.

To start a free, 30-day trial, please follow the directions below:

Extra Tip: Started a trial, bought the product, and still seeing “trial” on the application? No worries. Simply click “Help” in the top toolbar and then click “Update Product Ownership.” And with just those few clicks, your product will be updated.

If you experience issues with installation, you can find a troubleshooting article here or submit a support ticket for our team of support specialists!

Additional Resources

Have some questions about Adjust AI? We have some frequently asked questions gathered here! 

You can find some stunning before and after images created with Adjust AI here.