Topaz Adjust

When I use the Topaz software as a plug-in for Photoshop I have always found the Presets that are provided to be a good starting point in creating a better image. However, the heart of this software lies in the effectiveness of the tools used to make the finer adjustments.

Adjust 5 enables:

• Tone mapping

• Exposure correction

• Contrast adjustment

• Pseudo HDR creation

• Vibrancy adjustment

• Shadow adjustment

• Highlight adjustment

• Extreme colour generation/modification

• Desaturated color

• Hard light images

• Soft􀁺 light images

• Simplified details

• Extreme details



B&W Effects Clarity Clean deJPG deNoise Detail Glow Impression InFocus Lens Effects Photo FXlab ReMask ReStyle Simplify Star Effects Texture Effects


I have found B&W Effects to be particularly useful.



Competent plug-in or stand alone editor - highly capable and efficient.

Great Wall of China

If you use the Before (left) and After (right) screens it is easier to see the effects of any editing changes that you make.

The panels containing the processing adjustments are down the right-hand side.

(The left􀁺 is reserved for the Presets.)

Processing Screen in Topaz Adjust

Using the adjustment panels I now have an image that has received small adjustments (e.g. to the

saturation, the definition of detail within the scene) and a vignette has been added.

Now, rather than starting with Presets I am going into them in order to see if they will lead to a further

improvement of my edited image.

Preset alternatives in Topaz Adjust

From these alternatives I felt that the 'Brilliant Cold' option gave the image just a little more 'edge' - so I elected to use this Preset.

Split View in Topaz Adjust

The split screen view clearly reveals the difference between the starting image and the edited image.

All that remains is to Apply the changes and Save the file.


Topaz Adjust 5 can be added as a filter to Photoshop or used as a stand-alone program.

Either way it provides many features for advanced image processing that I value and frequently use.

Further details are to be found on the Topaz Labs web site - go straight there by CLICKING here.

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