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Topaz Adjust 5 & Sample Images

On Tuesday November 15th Topaz Labs will be releasing its latest update…Topaz Adjust 5. As a long time user of Topaz Adjust I was very excited to hear that they were updating the software but once I read what those updates would include…well let’s just say I’v been spending a lot of time in front of the computer.

Here are just some of the exciting new features and tools you’ll find in the new Topaz Adjust 5

  • Selective Brush. For easy dodging, burning smoothing and removing adjustments.
  • Finishing touches. Features options for borders, transparency, grain, warmth, vignettes and more.
  • Preset collections.  Presets are organized into unique collections.
  • Apply button. Stack multiple effects and presets during the same workflow.
  • Auto create layer. Automatically creates a new layer where your adjustments will be saved to.
  • Effect enable/disable. Clickable preview options that allow you to hide or view a set of adjustments for easy comparison.
  • Histogram. Built into the Preview Navigator window.
  • Ordered interface workflow. The interface is set up in numbered stages for a quick and easy workflow.
  • Individual tab reset buttons. Quickly reset the parameters in a specific adjustment tab without affecting your other settings.
  • Split Screen. Use the 2-screen split view for easy before and after comparison.

Topaz Labs have made some great changes to the plug-in. The interface is now very similar to Topaz Black & White Effects and while its always been intuitive and user friendly it now makes your workflow that much easier.

Original RAW file

Using Topaz Adjust 5

You can click on the images to view a larger size.

The first image is the original RAW file straight out of the camera.  This was taken on the Amalfi Coast in Italy and I wanted to give the image an old 60’s feel to it. The final image, under it, was created with Adjust 5 using the Film Collection and the Timeless IV preset. I gave it a slight boost in detail and added a vignette and then desaturated a touch to come up with this final image.

This new version really rocks but what I love most is that it automatically creates a new layer in Photoshop when you launch the plug-in. With over 100 presets, the new collections & presets really allow you to get creative with your images. The selective brush tool lets you easily and effectively make selective adjustments such as dodging & burning. The Smooth option lets you smooth out details when you need to clean up a sky and the Brush Out tool allows you to easily taper down the strength of effects or remove them altogether.

The tentative release date for Topaz Adjust 5 is NOvember 15th. Check the Topaz Labs site on that date for information.

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13 responses

  1. Thanks for this nice preview, Edith. The new version sounds like it’s packed with control goodies.

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    November 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

  2. I’ve been thinking about updating this or Niks Color Efex and can’t decide. Think I’ll demo Adjust to make sure. Good preview Edith, thanks.

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    November 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

  3. Nice preview Edith. My head is spinning though. Between learning the new OnOne Suite 6, new Color Efex Pro 4 and now Topaz Adjust, I don’t have time to take pictures! It is nice to see what true competition brings to the marketplace.

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    November 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm

  4. I tried Topaz Adjust a couple of years ago but went with Nik software instead. Looks like I should give it another try. Thanks for the info

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    November 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

  5. Can’t wait to give the new version a try!

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    November 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm

  6. Nice preview – I participated in the webinar the other day and it looked quite promising and can’t wait to get my upgrade! Love the picture Edith – great lines!

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    November 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

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    November 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

  8. I’ve not used this plug in before but it does all sound very interesting, and I like the vintage look of your Amalfi coast shot, which has worked really well. Thanks for the preview!

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    November 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm

  9. Wonderful image. Sounds like a great program. Thanks for the post Edith!

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    November 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm

  10. Great review / preview Edith, looks interesting

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    November 13, 2011 at 10:41 am

  11. Very cool Edith. I have never used any Topaz tools, but I may need to give em a try. Lovely shots. I was just there this weekend, and boy has it quieted down!!!

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    November 14, 2011 at 5:43 am

  12. Nice job with the filtering Edith! I love the upgrade!

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    November 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

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