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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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Studio 2 Overview

Studio 2 Overview

What is Topaz Studio 2?

Topaz Studio 2 is an intuitive image effect toolbox built with Topaz Labs’ powerful photo enhancement technology. It can apply a wide range of effects to your images, and provides a great degree of freedom in creating new looks for all your images using a layer-based system.

What differences are there between Topaz Studio 2 and Topaz Studio Classic?

Studio 2 is an overhaul of the previous Topaz Studio app, which we’re calling Topaz Studio Classic. The key differences are as follows:

  • 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, except for a 30 day trial.
  • Full non-destructive layer support. Topaz Studio 2 now has a layer-based system – and everything you do is non-destructive. Looks (formerly known as presets) go on their own layers so you can now mix, match, and stack them.
  • 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. This lends itself to vastly improved usability and workflow.
Requirements Windows Mac
Operating System Windows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit only) OS 10.12 and up
Display Size 800 x 600 1024 x 640
OpenGL Support Level What’s this? OpenGL 3.3
Internet Connection Required for login only

What is OpenGL?

OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) is the computer industry’s standard application program interface ( API ) for defining 2-D and 3-D graphic images. Prior to OpenGL, any company developing a graphical application typically had to rewrite the graphics part of it for each operating system platform and had to be cognizant of the graphics hardware as well. With OpenGL, an application can create the same effects in any operating system using any OpenGL-adhering graphics adapter.

OpenGL specifies a set of “commands” or immediately executed functions. Each command directs a drawing action or causes special effects. A list of these commands can be created for repetitive effects. OpenGL is independent of the windowing characteristics of each operating system, but provides special “glue” routines for each operating system that enable OpenGL to work in that system’s windowing environment. OpenGL comes with a large number of built-in capabilities requestable through the API. These include hidden surface removal, alpha blending (transparency), antialiasing , texture mapping, pixel operations, viewing and modeling transformations, and atmospheric effects (fog, smoke, and haze).

Hardware Requirements

  Minimum Recommended Optimal
System RAM 8GB 16GB 32GB+
Dedicated GPU VRAM 2GB 4GB 6GB+
  • Minimum: Requirements for application to function, users should expect slow performance, large files may cause crashing
  • Recommended: Users should experience no performance issues, though slowness may occur with large files
  • Optimal: Users should not experience any performance issues

Here’s a quick rundown to get you up and running with Topaz Studio 2!

Before you download, please check out the system requirements above and see what kind of performance to expect.

After meeting the requirements, simply follow the directions below:

  • Download Topaz Studio 2 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:

  • If you haven’t already, create an account from the Topaz Labs Account Page.
  • Download Topaz Studio 2 from the Topaz Labs Downloads Page.
  • Launch Topaz Studio, log in and click ‘Yes’ to start your 30 day trial.

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, visit the Topaz Help Center or submit a support ticket for our team of support specialists!

If you currently own more than $99.99 worth of Topaz Studio Classic adjustments, you are entitled to a free upgrade to Topaz Studio 2! We created a special page on our website you can visit to verify your eligibility using the link below:

Topaz Studio 2 Upgrade Eligibility Page

You may also qualify for credit bonuses even if you own just a few adjustments. You can verify these bonuses using the link above!

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