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The Beginner’s Guide to Topaz Studio 2

Want a fresh look for your photos? Topaz Labs, the leader in AI technology for your photography post-processing workflow, has launched Topaz Studio 2Whether you’re looking to edit photos or make stunning digital art, Topaz Studio 2 will help you achieve infinite photo effects that are as unique as your photography.

Topaz Studio 2

Effect Filters Will Make Your Photos Pop

From basic adjustments to intelligent AI-powered effects, filters help make your photos pop by adjusting color, adding styles, and implementing a variety of fixes.

Topaz Studio 2 Filter Effects Panel

Getting started with photo filters is as easy as clicking the “Add Filter” button and browsing the different options. 

Looks Can Help You Achieve Anything

Within the Looks panel, you can choose from a variety of creative looks. You’ll find effects for artistic, grungy, abstract, vintage, dramatic looks and more. 

Topaz Studio 2 Looks Panel

Simply click any Look to preview and apply to your image.

Layers Let You Control Everything

Looks and effects appear in layers which you can stack and rearrange with blending modes and opacities to achieve the aesthetic that works for your image. 

Working with layers in Topaz Studio 2

You can stack and blend multiple looks and effect filters. The results are infinite and limited only by your imagination.

Topaz Studio 2 Looks

 

Download Topaz Studio 2 today and try it free for 30 days.

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New Features in Topaz Studio – Batch Processing!

Introducing Batch Processing, now in Studio

What is Batch Processing?

Batch Processing is a function that allows you to process multiple images at once and apply the same effect, adjustments, and settings to each image that you process. If you have a workflow or a few steps you find yourself repeating, it’s a great way to speed up your workflow and cut down on repetitive tasks while you’re editing.

Instructions

Step 1: Choose your Batch Processing settings

Before you actually begin batching, you’ll want to decide the settings you want to apply to your images, this can be a one-click effect or a custom adjustment stack, the possibilities are nearly endless.

For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to start with a premade effect, click into the Studio category, and select the monochrome subcategory, then click on the effect “Black and White Photograph”.

Step 2: Open Batch Processing

Now that we have the settings we’d like to apply to our batch of images, we need to set up our batch processing, open the batch processing window by clicking the “File” menu and selecting the “Batch Process” option.

The Batch Processing menu has a lot of different options to give you control over the files you process and how they are handled:

  • Source Folder Settings: This determines what images the program batches.
  • Destination Folder Settings: This Determines where your processed images are saved.
  • File Naming: This determines how processed images are named when they are saved.
  • File Save Options: These settings set the types of files that you save once they are batched.
  • File Sizing: These settings let you resize your batched images automatically
  • Hide Application Checkbox: This lets you process images in the background so you can still use your machine while batching.

Step 3: Choose your Input Folder

So let’s get started by selecting the source folder that contains the images we want to process. It’s important to note that any images that are in this folder are going to be processed, so you likely don’t want to select your entire photo library.

Click the “Choose” button to select a source folder.

I’ve already set up a “batching in” folder with the images I want to process. So I’ll select the batching folder then click “select folder. You can navigate to the source folder of your choosing, just remember that you’re selecting the folder and not specific files.

If your source folder contains other folders that you want to process as well, you can select the “Include subfolders” option. Just note that this will process all subfolders and image files in those folders.

Step 4: Set your Output Folder

Now that we have the source folder set we want to set up the destination folder where we will save the processed images. Click the “Choose” button under the destination settings window to set your destination folder.

Just like you did with your source folder, you want to navigate to the folder where you’d like to save the images that you process. I’ve already set up a “batching out” folder so i’ll select that and click “Select Folder”.

NOTE: If you select an output folder that contains files you’ll see the warning on the right letting you know that there is a potential for overwriting files, if you continue and you haven’t changed your batch settings to something new from the last time you batched, you will overwrite those files. This message serves as your only warning.

If you chose the “include subfolder” option in the source menu you can also select an option here to “keep source folder structure” to create the exact same subfolders and sort files into them as you have set up in your source folder.

Step 5: Set Naming and File Options for Batched Files

Topaz Studio contains a lot of different naming options that allows you to customize how your batching files are named. Choose from the drop-down options to string together the naming conventions you want including original filenames, dates, and serial numbers.

You can preview how your output file name will look in the example above the dropdown.

Step 6: Set File Save Options

By default, Topaz Studio will maintain your file formats and settings when you batch process, with the exception of RAW files (since you can’t save out a raw image.)

If you’d like to convert all the processed files to one format, simply uncheck the “Apply to RAW files only” option. THen select the settings you’d like all your files converted to. Conversion options include TIFF, JPEG, and PNG.

You can also set image quality options and the color profile you’d like your images saved as. (Studio supports a wide variety of RGB colorspaces).

Step 7: Set Resize Options (optional)

If you’d like to resize your image you can check the “Resize to fit” checkbox. Then click the drop-down to decide if you want the image to fit within a box defined by width and height, or by height or width alone.  Then enter the values you’d like your image sized to. (If you choose height or width alone, your images will maintain their aspect ratio to the specified size.)

You can set your output to measure by pixels, inches, or centimeters. You can also set your image resolution or pixel density to pixels per inch or pixels per centimeter.

Step 7: Start Batching!

We’ll go ahead and check the “Hide application window while batching” option and click the “OK” button to start batching. Topaz Studio will minimize the interface and leave a progress window on the screen while the application batches your images.

If you’d like to leave the interface up during batching you can uncheck the box. Once batching is complete, this window will close and the interface will open again on your original image.

And thats it! If you check your output folder you specified you’ll see all the images that Studio has processed for you, and any relevant subfolder structures you wanted to keep.

Thanks for reading and happy batching.

Further Questions and Notes About Batching

Masking and Batching in Topaz Studio

It’s important to note that any custom masks that you’ve applied to your adjustments or your overall effect when you’re setting up your first image for batching, will persist to all batched images.

  • Brush, Spot, and Gradient masks will retain the same selected areas as your initial image.
  • Luminosity and Color selections will use the same selections for applying the mask, but the selected area will adapt based on those settings. (e.g. if you select white as a reveal mask, all white areas in any processed image will have that area revealed as well)

It allows for some neat creative applications if prepared for but can give confusing results if you’re not expecting it.

Not seeing the Batch Process option in Topaz Studio?

Batch processing is only available in version 1.11.5 or later. If you’re running an earlier version you can update to the latest on the downloads page.

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Creating Imagery Driven by Imagination with Topaz Studio

Today we are going over a few adjustments in Topaz Studio, to show you the creativity and control you can have over your images.

Today we start with this image of a girl sitting on a stump overlooking a river. What we are going to do is make the background seem more painterly, while keeping her realistic. This way it looks as if she was dropped into a painting.

We will be using one helping of Impression, one spoonful of Ai Remix, and one healthy scoop of HSL Color Tuning. We will also be using masks, blending modes, and opacity setting to help control the effects of each adjustment and how it is applied to our photo.

(before)
(after)

 


Wanna See how it’s done? Watch the video below!


 

With that being said, lets jump feet first into these edits.

1. Impression

First we’re going to start with Impression. Go to  the adjustments drop down menu and select impression. The VERY FIRST thing I want to do is mask out my girl, this way any effects we put on the photo does not affect her in any way.

So, go to the mask icon, which is the white box in-between the adjustments name and the eye icon, and click it. This will open the mask menu. We’re going to select a slightly smaller brush, keep the masking area white, and the mask its self black. Select the black square, to be sure we have the black MASK OUT brush selected, and color in the girl and her hair. When this is completed select done at the bottom.

Now we’ll get into the adjustment settings.
Select the first brush to apply to this image. I want this to look a bit like an acrylic painting and a little messy.

  1. Number of strokes: Medium
  2. Brush Size: .53
  3. Paint Volume: .18
  4. Paint Opacity: .50
  5. Stroke length: .29
  6. Spill: .29
  7. Smudge: .09
  8. Coverage: .74

Next we will go into the lighting drop down at the bottom of this adjustment menu just to give the image a more vibrant feeling, like you often get with acrylic paint.

Lighting drop down:

  1. Brightness: .-07
  2. Contrast: .19
  3. Highlight: .14
  4. Shadow: -.24
  5. Vignette: .14

We are also going to add a little bit of texture to give this image a canvas feeling to play more of the idea of making this more and more like an acrylic painting in the background.

  1. The Texture we are going to select is in the 3rd row 2nd column.
  2. Texture Strength: .40
  3. Texture Size: .39

Woo!

Now that we are through all of that bring the opacity to .71, and lets move on to the next adjustment.

As you can see this brings an impressionistic feel to the background.

The colors still seem a little muted to me so we’re going to add an Ai ReMix adjustment to add a little bit a texture and bring some life to this color!

2. Ai ReMix

Go to adjustments menu, select AI Remix.
First thing we are going to do with this adjustment is copy the mask from the previous adjustment.

Click the mask icon on the previous adjustment, and select the hamburger menu (in-between the invert icon and the reset icon). Click this menu and select copy mask.

Close that adjustment but using the arrow at the top, and select the mask on the AI Remix. Go to the same hamburger menu on this adjustment and select past mask. This time we are going to add a little bit to this mask. Select a grey brush and brush in the tree stump, that way the Adjustment doesn’t fully affect this area.

After completing this close the masking menu, by clicking done, now we can go into the actual setting of this adjustment.

  1. The style we are going to choose is in the 5th row 2nd column, it looks like a pasture, click and apply. We aren’t going to do too much to the setting, so close the drop down menu and go into the opacity.
  2. We are going to set our opacity to .37 and the blending mode to color.

This allows Ai ReMix to adapt better to the colors of the image and the previous adjustments.

With the addition of the Ai ReMix the look of a textured background is a lot more evident in addition, the color of the water is more vibrant, the yellow of the trees pops (but isn’t distracting), and we even added a bit more green to the mountains across from her. I would still like to play with a few of the colors in the background, to make the seem more painterly, so we’re going to apply an HSL Color Tuning adjustment.

3. HSL Color Tuning

The Final Adjustment is an HSL Color tuning.

We are going to apply the mask from the first adjustment one more time, but since we already have it copied all we have to do is going into the mask menu on this layer, go to the hamburger menu and select past mask.
Now we get to play with the settings of the adjustment.

The colors we’re going to edit the overall color, yellow, aqua, and blue.

  1. Yellow Settings:
    Yellow Saturation: .21
  2. Aqua Settings:
    Aqua Saturation: .35
    Aqua Lightness: .24
  3. Blue Settings:
    Blue Saturation: .39
  4. Overall Settings:
    Overall Hue: .15
    Overall Saturation: .17
    Overall Lightness: -.07

No we are going to go into  the detail settings

  1. Details: .26
  2. Suppress artifacts: .08
  3. Color Sensitivity: .28
  4. Finally go to the opacity and bring it down to .72.

As you can see all these setting make the background mimic an almost impressionistic acrylic painting.

Additional tip:

Since we haven’t had a tutorial on digital frame either I thought I would take the time to add an extra tidbit to this top tip.

Now I’m going to do a pretty simplistic frame with the default setting because I like the way it fits the photo, but what I am going to go in an edit is the texture around the frame.
We are going to select 2nd texture out of the 1st row, this is actually one of my favorite textures in studio as a whole so I tend to lean toward it often.

After selecting this texture we are going to go down to the color setting, because I want the colors of the frame to play more off the blue of the water; and instead of picking a frame that mimics the color we’re going to edit the color of this frame to our liking.

So go to the frame color setting menu at the bottom and set them to the following:

  1. Frame brightness: -.22
  2. Frame contrast: .27
  3. Frame Detail: -.26
  4. Frame Saturation: .25
  5. Extra color strength: .88
  6. Extra Color Hue: .57

As you can see this just adds an extra touch to our image to give it more of a professional presentation

Well thats it for this Topaz Studio tutorial! Join us next time to see what you can learn.