Topaz B&W effects?

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by agentlossing, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I looked around for discussions in this software and didn't find a while lot on this forum, but anyhow this is half price through 11/19... Is it a good buy? It seems to be from what I've read. I downloaded the trial but I'd like to wait till my new monitor gets here before trying it out.

    Is this strictly a plugin, and does it work with Elements 11? So, after I install it I just open Elements and find it somewhere in the menus?
     
  2. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I have not used them but they are plug-ins and will work with elements. They also have a stand alone program that allows you to use the plug-ins without using other software. All this is from their webpage!
     
  3. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I know there are some topaz users here somewhere, heheh. I played around with it just a little, it does seem to have some good stuff.
     
  4. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    I like mine :cool:
     
  5. edmsnap

    edmsnap Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 20, 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta
    I think Topaz makes some excellent products. I don't think B&W Effects is as good as Nik's Silver Efex Pro, but Topaz supports way more host programs than Nik which only likes to play with Adobe. It's a great place to start and will likely meet most of your B&W needs, though once you've used Silver Efex it's tough to go back.
     
  6. khollister

    khollister Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 16, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    Keith
    Nik works with Aperture as well as Adobe. I too prefer SEFP to Topaz for B&W.
     
  7. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    I own all the Topaz plugins as well as photoFXlab, and I own Nik too. Of the Topaz plugins I tend to Topaz DeNoise, Adjust, Simplify and Clarity the most. But when it comes to B&W, I prefer Nik Silver Efex. I really like both Topaz and Nik products. Sometimes I use Topaz, sometimes I use Nik, sometimes I use both, and sometimes I use plain old Lightroom and nothing else. I'm really glad I own both products though, as it gives me lots of options. :smile:
     
  8. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
  9. Mikros

    Mikros Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 16, 2013
    Australia
    Topaz plugins will also work with Irfanview, which is a free application. Although it doesn't support layers if that's your thing.

    I have the whole suite of 14 plugins. Some of them will probably never get used, some occasionally (like B&W), but I really like the Clarity and especially Detail. The Detail is by far the best sharpening tool I've ever used.

    So far I'm happy with Topaz.
     
  10. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    That's good to know! I might hold off of this for now, it does seem like a good program but I want to figure out how much I can get out of the older copy of LR I just got in terms of B&W processing. If I'm lucky I can catch this on sale again at a later time.