Topaz Texture Effects is the newest addition to Topazlabs post production software collection. Texture Effects is designed specifically to replace the cumbersome workflow of adding textured layers to your photography in Photoshop, but replacing it with a seamless, and powerful all-in-one solution.
Features of Topaz Texture Effects
Much like other offerings from Topaz, Texture Effects, comes packed with plenty of presents to get you started. Most of these presets are designed to be points of inspiration and not something you’d use as a finished product. After all, the point of a powerful post production editor is for you to fine tune your photography with your own style.
The amount of flexibility Texture Effects offers is more than enough to get the job done!
On top of the presets Topaz has include dozens of Light Leak and Texture assets for you to choose from. This is great if you don’t already have a collection of assets, but if you do Texture Effects has you covered there as well with the ability to link a folder from your hard drive right into the program. This opens the program up to the millions of assets already available on the web, and allows you the freedom to customize assets for specific needs as required.
Topaz Texture Effects gets even better with community
Topaz has created an online community that allows you to share your presets or download what others have created. This community driven focus is one of the major reasons Topaz Texture Effects becomes potentially even more powerful than Photoshop at the sole task of creating textured photographs.
The number of ways for you to process a photograph are seemingly endless when you’ve got a community generating effects together and I’m excited to see where this leads.
You might think with all this flexibility and freedom Texture Effects would be difficult to use. However, Topaz has done a great job at making the workflow as streamlined as possible.
Once you import a photograph into Topaz Texture Effects you’ll be brought to a screen to select your starting preset. Once you’ve selected a look you like clicking on the customize button in the center of the preset brings you into the layer panel. Once here you’ll be able to see all of the effects being applied to the image and customize them as you so wish.
Using the ‘eye’ icon will allow you to hide/show various layers so you can get an idea of how the images is being manipulated. Adding a new layer is as simple as pressing a plus button at the bottom of this panel and if you want to delete a layer just click on the trashcan. Pretty straight forward if you ask me!
Manipulating the various layers is as easy as moving the sliders around and selecting from drop down menus. You have full control over the intensity and style of the effect being applied they even give you the option to mask out any areas of each layer you don’t want with the mask tool at the bottom of each layer.
If you’re curious to try it for yourself, Topaz offers a free trial on their site, and if you do decide it’s a program you’d like to add your collection you can save 15% with coupon code phogropathy15 on checkout just for being a fan of Phogropathy.
Finally – if you’ve already purchased Topaz Texture Effects – please share some of your latest work below so we can take a look at what you’ve done!