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Topaz Studio 2 User Guide

Topaz Studio 2 User Guide

With roughly 300 Looks and counting, Topaz Studio 2 is loaded with creative and artistic styles you can apply in just one click to turn your photo into a head-turning, unique work of art. But even with all the included Looks, Topaz Studio 2 was created to let you take the reins and develop your very own style. Here are a few quick steps on how to create a custom Look in the new Topaz Studio 2.

Topaz Studio’s filters work well individually, but the true magic happens when they’re combined together. Topaz Studio 2 includes over 200 “Looks” (pre-built groups of filters) that help you explore different beautiful effects for your images with a single click.

Previewing and Applying a Look

Click the “Add Look” button on the right hand side of your screen. Here, you’re able to choose from a Look Category as well as “Sort By” a particular filter you would like to use – or you are able to browse through all of the Looks on the “All Looks” category. To preview a Look, simply click on the Look and it will show you what the Look will do to your image. Once you have selected a Look you like, simply click “Apply” to apply it to your image. 

Favoriting a Look

If you find a Look that you would like to be able to find again easily, click the heart in the upper right hand corner of the Look. This will add the Look to your “My Favorites” category, which you can find under the dropdown Category menu. 

Applying Multiple Looks

You are also able to apply multiple looks to your image. After you “Apply” your first look, click the orange “Add Look” button again and simply apply a second Look on top of your exising Look. 

After inputting your image, click “Add Filter” to open up the Effects Layers panel. Loaded with the best of Topaz technology, you’ll find a wide range of effects to start creating your digital artwork! You can use over 25 effect settings to play with color, texture, lines, and light in your image – and that’s just the beginning. Apply as many filters as you’d like and adjust them until you have the perfect look for your image.

Once you’ve got your unique look nailed down, navigate to the “Save Look” icon in the right-hand corner of the Effects Layer panel. See the illustration below! 

Topaz Studio allows you to move beyond the boundaries of traditional photography into the world of digital creation.

You created presets in Classic Studio and you loved them. You want to keep them but you also want all the cool features in Studio 2. No problem! We’ve made a handy little tool for you!

  1. Open Studio 2
  2. Go to the Help drop down menu and choose “Migrate Custom TS1 Presets”
  3. Choose whether you want to migrate the custom presets you created, presets you did not create but have marked as a Favorite, or both
  4. Done! You will be able to find these presets now under your “My Looks”

Missing Presets?

Please submit a support ticket with your database attached. Below are instructions to find it.

MAC:

  1. Open a File Explorer window
  2. Enter the following in your navigation bar:
    C:\Users\*YOURUSERNAMEHERE*\AppData\Local\Topaz Labs\Topaz Studio\QML\OfflineStorage\Databases
  3. Select the SQLITE File

WINDOWS:

Find your database:

  1. Open a finder window and choose Macintosh HD
  2. Users -> (Your User Account) ->Library -> Application Support -> Topaz Labs -> Topaz Studio -> tgrc

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Studio 2 Filters

Studio 2 Filters

Topaz Studio 2 Filters allow you to transform your image in infinite ways. In Studio, we’ve thought about what common adjustments would look like if they were designed today, and updated them to their most modern and useful forms. Sorted into three distinct categories, Essential, Creative, and Stylistic, you’ll find that these aren’t your everyday image editing filters as soon as you give them a try. LEARN MORE

AI Clear, Basic Adjustment, Brightness Contrast, Black and White, Curves, Dehaze, HSL Color Tuning, Precision Contrast, Precision Detail, Reduce Noise, Sharpen

Bloom, Blur, Channel Mixer, Color Overlay, Color Theme, Dual Tone, Edge Exposure, Film Grain, Focal Blur, Motion Blurs, Quad Tone, Text, Vignette

Abstraction, AI Remix, Digital Frame, Edges, Glow, Impression, Radiance, Saturation, Smudge, Texture

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Importing and Exporting

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Importing and Exporting

Topaz Studio 2 can be used as both a standalone application and plugin for Photoshop, Lightroom, etc. Learn how to import and export images using Studio 2, or Studio 2 as a plugin from Photoshop or Lightroom.

To import an image into Studio 2, Click the blue “Open” button in the center of the screen after launching the program. From here, you’ll locate the image you wish to open on your computer and then import it into Topaz Studio 2. If you find that you already have an open image and wish to open a new image, click the “Open” icon in the top left corner of the screen, or click File -> Open Image. 

  • To launch Topaz Studio 2 as a plugin from Photoshop, select the “Filter” dropdown menu at the top of your Photoshop screen, then select “Topaz Labs” -> Topaz Studio 2. 

Compatibility:

  • Lightroom 4-6
  • Lightroom CC 2015-2016
  • Lightroom CC 2019

* Lightroom CC 2018 does not support any external editors.

Launch Topaz Studio 2 as a plugin from Lightroom to edit your image in Topaz Studio 2.

To export an image from Studio 2, you have two options. You can either hit the “Export” button in the left hand side of your top navigation panel, or select “File” -> “Export” to save your image to your computer. You can either select where to save your image, or it will save your image automatically to the place you opened it from. For instance, if you opened an image from your Pictures folder, the saved version would appear in your Pictures folder as well. By default, the file will be the same name with “-studio” added to the end of the file. You can change this setting in the Preferences menu.

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