It’s a new month, November, and I am happy to announce that I am test driving a new photo software program – Topaz Simplify 4. Topaz has some wonderful photo programs that will let you do all manner of things with your images to achieve different artistic effects. I have noticed other bloggers who have used Topaz as well as Corel and their end results were just stunning. I just had to try it; suppressing the urge to just open the program and start playing around with the tabs without reading the assembly instructions. I did do this for an hour or so before stepping away and watching the tutorials.
So far I can say that the program isn’t difficult to use and the online tutorials are very helpful and understandable. What I have found that works for me is to have the tutorial open in one window while working on an image in another. That way I can listen to the instructions and work the tabs at the same time. I feel confident that with time and practice I will be able to create just the photo art I may have in my mind.
Here are two before and after images I’ve created. I used one of the oil painting presets on the first and one of the watercolor presets on the second. The differences between the before and after with both images are a bit subtle and soft; not big changes but it’s a good start. As I learn the program I will be posting more images and details about how things were created. (Since the first edition of this post I wasn’t as pleased with the after image of the lily pond so I gave it another try hence the third version of it. Practice practice practice.)
So what do you think? Do you/have you used Topaz (or some other program) and how has your experience been? If you have any tips please share.
(There has been no compensation for this post and I am currently using the 30day free trial offered at Topaz )