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Time to Simplify

Over a month ago Topaz Labs released an update to its popular Simplify plugin – Topaz Simplify 4.  I updated the latest version when it was released but really didn’t have time to test it out although it was on my to-do list. Well I finally had a chance to try it out this weekend and I was really pleased with the changes that Topaz made to this plug-in.

Aside from some new adjustment sliders and the addition of an edge aware selective brush to dodge, burn, smooth and brush out effects they’ve also included over 100 new presets.

I decided to try out some of the new presets with an image that I felt was just “ok.” I wouldn’t have normally posted this image because I feel there are too many things wrong with it but I really like how Simplify helped me salvage this image. With each of these presets I’ve also used the adjustment sliders to adjust contrast, saturation, curves, etc, depending on what I felt the image needed. Let me know what you think.

If you already have Topaz Simplify and you haven’t upgraded then what are you waiting for…it’s a free upgrade. If you don’t have Simplify then you can download a free trial from the Topaz Labs site…here. If you decide to purchase the plug-in then you can use the discount code ELPHOTO to receive a 15% discount.

Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Tobermory, rocky shore

Original RAW Image

Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Tobermory, rocky shore

Topaz Simplify – Watercolor Preset

Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Tobermory, rocky shore

Topaz Simplify – Oil B&W Preset

Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Tobermory, rocky shore

Topaz Simplify – Dynamic Boost Preset

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21 responses

  1. Wow! How interesting! Love the different version, very artistic.

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    December 3, 2012 at 8:18 am

  2. Great images, Edith. I’m a big fan of Simplify and use it quite often. Your results here are wonderful!

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    December 3, 2012 at 8:59 am

  3. Great creative expressions, Edith. I really like the Oil B&W Preset.

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    December 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

  4. The oil B&W is really nice

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    December 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

  5. I like the original RAW but then I would. Seriously though great post Edith, looks like a good product and love the way you have used it to great effect.

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    December 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

  6. Mark Summerfield

    The Oil B&W preset looks to provide some useful options, not as the final image but in creating a layer to blend back into the original to add additional texture.

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    December 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    • Thanks Mark. You’re right you can definitely use any one these as a layer but I really wanted to show what the plug in could do.

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      December 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm

  7. Those turned out great! Especially like the last one.

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    December 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

  8. Fascinating to see the options here. Love the last two versions. A whole new toy cupboard to rummage in – how on earth did I find time to go to work!

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    December 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  9. love all these versions Edith, nice work!

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    December 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

  10. Still prefer the rawshot , it doesnt need anything done to it all, but as for the edited ones , I’ll have to go for the Oil B&W.Always fun to have a play around and see what it turns out like 🙂

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    December 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

    • Thank you I appreciate it. It was fun seeing the different effects I could create.

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      December 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm

  11. Fun to see what is possible with the Topaz Simplify. For me the two colour versions become too simple, though, but the oil black and white preset is really beautiful.

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    December 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

  12. It’s amazing what presets can do with a photograph.. but only you have the eye to have the right composition:) xx

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    December 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm

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