For Photoshop users: Topaz Adjust is 50.01% off through September 30
If I already have the software — Photoshop, Corel Draw, Corel PaintShop Pro, Corel VideoStudio Pro, Excel, Word, etc. — I’m willing to spend the money when a major upgrade comes along.
For all other software, I generally limit myself to $25.
It’s an arbitrary limit.
It’s just me.
Consequently, when I find software that I want, but don’t necessarily need, I put it on my Santa Claus list. Unfortunately, Santa always thinks that I’ve been bad throughout the year, so he never brings me anything. Either that, or Santa is just like God, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy…. a figment of someone’s imagination….
Topaz Adjust is one such piece of software that has been on my Santa Claus list for almost two years. It retails for $49.99. However, “until September 30″ you can get it for $24.99. That’s 50.01% off! And they take PayPal, which means you really don’t pay for it……….lol……..just like a credit card!
Topaz Adjust is a huge collection of specialized filters that work from within Photoshop. They can do awesome things to your photos to make them stand out from those taken by your boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse.
Following are my first two Topaz Adjust attempts. The first one, San Clemente Pier at 6:00 a.m., was so full of noise from the high ISO I used in the early morning darkness that the only thing I would be able to do with it was make something artistic out of it. Instead, Topaz Adjust did a superb job of getting that noise under control so that the picture is at least useful as a picture.
The following picture is the San Clemente Pier a couple of hours later. The natural sunlight made for a very soft focus picture with a lot of shadows with detail that Photoshop couldn’t pull out adequately. Topaz Adjust did the job.
That’s a composite of five pictures. Here is one of the five original pictures, as it came out of the camera (Canon 550D), for comparison:
The first daylight picture is postcard-like (and don’t fool yourself by thinking that postcard pictures weren’t photoshopped, even before Photoshop!), while the last picture is, well, a picture.
Topaz Adjust also works with Photoshop Elements and Lightroom by Adobe, Corel PaintShop Pro, Irfanview, Photo Impact, and Serif Photo Plus. However, I don’t know if the 50.01% discount applies to the other applications or just to Photoshop.
When taking pictures, especially digital pictures, always remember what my wise old grandmother said, “What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.” Have fun!
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