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Topaz Labs ReStyle Review

As a longtime user of the outstanding stable of Topaz Labs products, whenever they release an upgrade or a new product they have my attention. On August 7th they released a new product called ReStyle. I had an opportunity to beta test this product before it's final release and here is my review. Needless to say, I was excited about another Topaz tool to add to my workflow knowing this would provide even more possibilities for creative expressions. What I did not know was how extensive Restyle would turn out to be in terms of tools, choices and selections.

So what is Restyle?

Basically it is a package of presets for color manipulation and tinting of your images, providing near limitless possibilities.  Your creativity can run free with this program and it is a lot of fun to use.

The product can be purchased as a plugin for Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture or Topaz's stand-alone product, Photo FX Lab at a retail cost of $59.99.

But wait!

It is currently on sale for the introductory cost of just $29.99 through August 31st, a real bargain in my humble opinion. Simply enter the discount code: restyleit

As you will see below, it is super easy to use as well. So let's get to it.

Features

  • Breakthrough Mapping Technology -ReStylesamples and maps the color and tone statistics from your selected image. This data is then transformed into high-quality presets and transformations, yielding dramatic effects.  You also have the ability to save these presets for future applications, thereby adding to the more than 1000 presets that ships with the product. Awesome!
  •  Blending Modes - With ReStyle, they have incorporated blending modes for the adjustment modules, essentially showing eight different looks for each style preset.
  • 5 Color Style Sliders with HSL Technology - Using the Hue, Saturation and Luminance sliders you can enhance the five dominant colors of your selected image.
  • Create Custom Presets - Each preset can be further adjusted and enhanced to suit your taste, providing you with an unlimited number of custom creations.

Below we have an original HDR image, which I can cross-process or color tint as many times as I desire.

The Royal Towers HDR
The Royal Towers HDR

Let's Move to the ReStyle user interface where the real fun and creativity happens.

The Topaz ReStyle Interface
The Topaz ReStyle Interface

Once inside, ReStyle maps the colors and tones of your image and creates five dominant regions of color in order of prominence, as seen in the top of the right panel (above). As previously mentioned, you can adjust each to create even more looks and presets.

In this case, I chose the "Saffron Sunset" in the Landscape section, one of nine preset categories. Architecture, Fashion, Graphic, Moody, Night, Portrait, Seascape and Street are the others.

There is also a strength slider in the Texture section, which I found to drastically boost the depth and overall appearance of images. All of this adds up to be a wonderful way to add style and pizzazz to your images with a few clicks of the mouse. And if that's not enough, consider the masking module where there are even more tools including an edge-aware brush, gradient mask, smart feather tool, color aware tool and more.

And all for only $29.99 through August 31 after entering the discount code: restyleit. Afterward the price will be $59.99, still a bargain but why pay more?

Overall, I am very impressed with this new product by Topaz Labs and I think you will be as well.

Below are a few more results from the original HDR image posted above.

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Check out this and other Topaz Labs Products here.

Thanks for visiting!

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Walk Into the Light

Happy Monday everyone! This past weekend, like so many others, came and went in a flash. It was one of those rare times where I did not take a single photograph, surprisingly. So today's image had been processed previously and this is a good time to have a folder of things to select. I'm off on a little road trip today and will be playing catch up on the other side.

Walk Into the Light
Walk Into the Light

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Some may enjoy a monotone conversion, as seen below.

Walk Into the Light - B&W
Walk Into the Light - B&W

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Thanks so much for clicking by. Have a great start to the week.

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Jimi's Photos of Interest on Pinterest
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Seabees ~ Can Do

Thanks for your visits and support on the previous post, I really appreciate it. ;-) Today we give a nod to some of our fighting military personnel who, while in harms way, lay it all on the line for freedom.  During World War II the U S Navy created specialized groups known as Construction Battalions (CB), from which the name Seabee derived. These groups are quite similar to the U S Army's Combat Engineers, where I got my start, although I saw no combat.

These brave souls design and build bridges, airstrips, roads and other infrastructure where there is none, in order to advance the cause and move toward successful missions, often under enemy fire. During my most recent trip to Washington DC, I came upon this memorial across the bridge in Arlington Virginia, just outside of Arlington National Cemetery. It was just before 6:00 am and the morning light was soft and the air quite chilly. There is no parking along the roadway but since it was early devoid of anyone, I stopped and ran off a few hand-held brackets.

Seabees Can Do
Seabees Can Do

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After running a bracket (-2 to +2) through HDR Efex Pro and pulling the HDR image into Photoshop for some masking I then activated Topaz Adjust. Once there, a dash of "Dynamic Pop" from the HDR Collection was added. Initially the memorial showed it's true slate gray granite look but I was able to pull some color into the scene during post-processing.

Hats off to the Seabees!

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Print Shop

Having arrived in New York safe and sound and with the rain nipping at my heels, it wasn't long before I was all settled in. Unfortunately, the rain moved in soon afterward and you could tell when it started that it was here for an 18 to 24 hour appearance. Nonetheless, I ventured out in hopes of grabbing a few frames between the raindrops when those slack periods presented themselves. The problem was that I simply didn't like anything I had captured yesterday, so images from NYC will have to wait for another day. So it's off for a revisit at the Museum of Industry, a place I thoroughly enjoyed. One of the exhibits was an old fashioned print shop, as pictured below.

Print Shop
Print Shop

This was an interesting place with many cabinets and drawers holding tools of the trade. Today we simply pull up a font on the computer and print. It's digital typesetting that wins the day now. There was a time not so long ago that font styles were stored in an organizer like you see above. The typesetting and composition work was performed by the printer or his or her apprentice, who would pull out a set of letters and numbers and undertake the task. Imagine how boring and tedious this all had to have been.

Print Shop - B&W
Print Shop - B&W

A B&W version seems a must for this subject.

Below we have another look at the organizers used to house sets of letters, ink rollers, blotters and the like.

Print Shop Organizer
Print Shop Organizer

Using Topaz's B&W Effects, I applied a sepia and gold blend with an adjustment curve on the image below.

Print Shop Organizer - Sepia & Gold Blend
Print Shop Organizer - Sepia & Gold Blend

Before we close out, let's have a little closer look at a few of the items in the first image of this post.

Typesetting Tools of the Trade
Typesetting Tools of the Trade

One last conversion.

Typesetting Tools of the Trade - Sepia and Gold Blend
Typesetting Tools of the Trade - Sepia and Gold Blend

Until next time... thanks for visiting!

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