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Thanks for clicking on ExpertPhotoTips.com online tutorial. Today, we’re going to be doing something a little different. Today I'm going to be reviewing a product. It is a Photoshop plug-in filter. It’s by TopazLabs.com. I’ll be seeing what kind of results we can get with this fairly simple Photoshop filter. And what I've done is I went on to TopazLab.com and I've downloaded the trial version. There are different prices for different filters that they have. I've installed pretty much every one they have. They range anywhere between $50.00 to $75.00 per filter. That might be a little expensive from a lot of people out there. I didn’t pay for it, I downloaded the trial, I'm still deciding. But we’re going to see probably what these filters can do.
Here is a picture from South America. I believe it is Argentina. It has a great sky, great color. But yet, this is the little flap. Let’s see what we can do with one of these Topaz filters. I'm going to use their adjust filter, all right. I notice here we have many presets for the Topaz Filter. And one of my favorite is the small details, I'm sorry, not small details, specify. Simply click Okay and I mean, look at that. Look at the color, before and after. You know I just noticed that in this photo I just notice these birds here in this tree. I mean it almost has a little HDR look to it. The rainbow is really full of color. The cliffs have a little bit more definition, even the water here has kind of a weird, funky kind of 3D-ish look to it and I got to tell you, I mean that is one heck of a filter. It would take me maybe 20 minutes and flush out to hear what this preset filter would do.
See what else I can do, here’s another photograph. I believe this is from Canada. Yes, it is in Western Canada and let’s go ahead and add the same filter because I kind of tell you, I absolutely love this filter. I mean, look at that. I mean my goodness, look at that, look at I mean the—look how misty it looks. That is amazing. I'm not promoting a product here but I'm just saying this is an amazing filter, with the sky. Why don’t we go ahead and add another filter on top of that. It’s called the simplify filter and I'm just going to use the first one called buzz in. And I’ll give this a second to work here. Now, I know it looks a little pain by numbers but I got to tell you, that’s a printable art picture right there. Look at that. I know it’s a little simple but you got to understand it’s a filter.
All right, see what else we have here. All right here is a zoo photograph, fairly simple, not much going on. You can see it’s late in the day, they’re tired and of course the photo needs something more. Now I can use the pretty simple photo here that had definition but I must try something else here. Let’s try another filter that Topaz has here. Let’s try a really interesting one. It’s called Psychedelic, in the second it’s allowed here. Now I got to tell you that looks like really good fake HDR to RAM and look at that. It almost looks cartoonish. All right, let’s skip the deer. Let’s do two more here. Let’s try—I mean this gave it the pump it needed. I’ll tell you what, this Topaz filters are worth considering, definitely.
Now one final picture here, now this picture obviously has a lot of noise to it. Now in Photoshop you could do several things, reduce the noise. One of the things I don’t like doing is using the blur tool because what happens, you’re going to start destroying image data. You don’t want to do that. But, with Topaz Labs, I mean go down here into their de-noise filter and in a matter of seconds—I'm not taking my time with this photograph here but if I took my time I could add a little bit more sharpness and definition. I got to tell you I've looked at the difference. Look at that. That is amazing. I had to show you guys this product here because I got to tell you it was one of the best Photoshop filters I have filters I have ever reviewed. The only problem is the price. Topaz Labs, if you're listening, please lower the price. It is almost restrictively expensive. If they considered lowering it, I probably would buy it. You know if these filters were $20.00 a piece, I’d stock up on my library right now.
So anyway, that’s just a quick review of Topaz filters. Go on to ExpertPhotoTips.com, of course that’s a plug for my own, and check out all our other product reviews and thanks for watching.