As photographers, we are always looking for ways to add impact to our images. For better or for worse, there are hundreds of Photoshop plugins to choose from – some good, some bad. One of the ones I have been using lately is Topaz Adjust. To illustrate its power, here are a couple of images – before and after.
You can see how it really brought out the color and texture of the image – you can see every hair on the dog! It also added a yellow halo to the outside border – so you always want to keep an eye on the backgrounds and borders. What I love most about the program is the control that you have. Here is a look at the control panel:
On the left side, you have a huge selection of ready-made looks. For the above image, I chose Portrait Drama – but you have plenty of other options. For those who want more control, you can adjust all the sliders on the right side and get exactly the look you want. Once you dial up your perfect look – you can save it as a preset and use it again later. How cool is that?
In addition to the kind of looks you see above, you can also use it to add a more subtle kick to your images. I will apply a small amount of Topaz Adjust to most of my black and white images as well.
I think it is a tool you will love – but luckily you don’t have to take my word for it. Just go to the Topaz Website and download a free trial. Let me know what you think!