Around the Web Jan. 14, 2020

On Sunday I mentioned an image that I used a Sunday Sampler texture on – but forgot to add the photo! So here it is:

On Thursday I will show you how I did this!

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect.com, “5 Creative Composition Tips in Photography” and “Top 10 Sports Photography Tips”

FREEBIES

Some freebies from Pixelo:

Roastink Font – a casual script font (free for personal use)

Amaranthine Font – another script font (free for personal use)

And Aletcia Font – one more script (free for personal use)

BUNDLE DEALS

And if you haven’t enough fonts yet, Pixelo has a new bundle, “The Smashing Sans Serif Fonts Bundle”!

186 Fonts across 38 Font Families.

This bundle comes with a full license for personal or commercial use.

Just $29! CLICK HERE to grab yours!

APRIL WILL BE HERE BEFORE WE KNOW IT!
Don’t miss out on the
4th Creative Photography Conference
April 25-26, 2020
MeadowView Resort & Conference Center
Kingsport, TN

TWO DAYS OF CREATIVITY!

Creative photography and post-processing techniques featuring: Creative Landscapes; Post-Processing (PS, Topaz, Textures); Creativity with Lens Baby Lenses; iPhoneography; hands-on photo-ops, and much more!

SPEAKERS:

Ken Sklute (AZ) – Canon Explorer of Light – Landscape artist, storm chaser, hot air balloonist

David Kelly (PA) – Topaz Instructor and Lens Baby creative

Cheryl Parris (GA) – Digital composite artist

Roni Chastain (NY) – Photoshop and photo walks

Hazel Meredith (TN) – Texture artist; iPhoneographer

Loretta Paul-Goldin (CT) – Creating textures with alcohol inks

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

Sat. & Sun. seminars and photo-ops; coffe/tea & refreshments in the mornings; lunch both days; speaker notes on a flash drive; door prizes and a goodie bag with discounts and freebies! Also – vendor tables for your shopping pleasure.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

We have a block of rooms reserved at $130/night. Link on our website.

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS ON FRIDAY

If you’d like a hands-on, intensive session on “Creative Editing with Topaz” or “Working with Textures”, then come join David Kelly or Hazel Meredith on Friday from 1:00-4:30 pm.

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION ARE ON OUR WEBSITE AT:
https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

Tutorial Thursday Nov. 28 + More Black Friday Offers!

Sandhill Cranes Textured

In my last Tutorial Thursday post a month ago, I said I would share this tutorial the following week. Well, that didn’t happen with the craziness of moving and lack of internet for 3 weeks!

I was going to post it today and realized that I did this tutorial using some Topaz products that are “pre-Studio”, so I need to re-write the instructions. I will do that and be sure to post it next week – promise!!

In the meantime, here is an article from Creative Nerds with the “50 Best Photoshop Tutorials for 2019”.

And from Picture Correct, “Photographing Cities at Night”.

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS & STEALS!!

Design Cuts is offering 100 of their best-selling marketplace items for HALF PRICE now through Cyber Monday! CHECK THEM OUT HERE!

Think Tank is offering two of its most popular sling bags at 40% OFF for Black Friday. The sale runs Friday through Monday 12/2.

The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. This sling bag stays put when you’re scrambling but offers quick access to your camera when you’re ready to take the shot.

Think Tank Photo is slashing 40% off their PhotoCross 10 & 13 slings bags from Friday Nov 29 through Monday Dec 2. Normally $129.99 (PhotoCross13) and $114.99 (PhotoCross10) the slings will be marked down to $77.99 and $68.99 as long as supplies last!

Use this link to receive a free Think Tank product and free U.S. shipping on all orders over $50!

SALE REMINDERS……

Save 53% on the
AI Bundle + Studio 2!

Get all 6 AI products – DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, Gigapixel AI, Mask AI, Adjust AI PLUS Studio 2 for $299.99. Use THIS LINK and then log in to your account. If you already own some of these products, you will get an even lower price based on what you own!

Pixelo Black Friday Deal – 30% off ANY BUNDLE!

This deal runs now through Saturday, Nov. 30th. Use THIS LINK and the code FRIDAY30 at checkout to save 30% off anything on their site!

Join us April 24-26 in beautiful Northeast Tennessee at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport!

The following speakers are confirmed:
– Ken Sklute (AZ) – Canon Explorer of Light – Storm chaser, hot air balloonist, entertaining and informative speaker! http://serendipityvisuals.com/
– David Kelly (PA) – Topaz tutorials and Lens Babies https://edenbridgephotography.myportfolio.com/
– Cheryl Parris (GA) – Composite artist https://www.cherylparris.com/
– Roni Chastain (NY) – Photoshop and photo walks https://ronichas.zenfolio.com/
– and me, Hazel Meredith (TN) – texture artist, iPhoneography https://www.meredithimages.com/
Bios and class descriptions to follow soon!

As always, the Conference registration fee includes: All Saturday & Sunday sessions and hands-on photo ops; lunch both days; coffee “and” in the mornings; speaker notes on a flash drive; door prizes and a goody bag; plus vendors for shopping! We’ll have special hotel room pricing as well.

There will also be some pre-Conference hands-on workshops on Friday – details coming soon (separate fee will apply).

SAVE with Early Bird Black Friday special pricing!
Click HERE to visit the website and get more details!

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL SALE
50% OFF ALL TEXTURES & E-BOOKS!

The best sale I’ve ever offered! All texture sets and both eBooks are 50% off through midnight EST Dec. 2nd.

I have added four new texture sets which are also eligible for the sale: Alcohol Inks 1; Painterly Skies; Watercolor Blues 3; and Vintage 1.

Click HERE to visit the Peacock Studio (click on eBooks or Texture Collections) and check them out.
Use the code BLACKFRIDAY50 at Checkout

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL SALE
20% OFF ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING!

Do you need help with your post-processing? Work with me one-on-one through Zoom online. We can tackle your questions by screen sharing and live demonstrations. Photoshop; Lightroom; Topaz; Textures, etc.

Click HERE to visit the Peacock Studio – click on Tutoring – and sign up for an hour or a multi-hour package (and save even more)!
Use the code TUTOR20 at Checkout

Around the Web – Nov. 26 – Black Friday Deals Continue!

Like the holidays themselves, Black Friday starts earlier every year!! Would you believe I saw Valentine’s candy in Food City the other day???? Yikes!

Several Black Friday deals have already started….keep reading!

Pixelo Black Friday Deal – 30% off ANY BUNDLE!

This deal runs now through Saturday, Nov. 30th. Use THIS LINK and the code FRIDAY30 at checkout to save 30% off anything on their site!

Speakers confirmed!
Spring 2020
Creative Photography Conference!

Join us April 24-26 in beautiful Northeast Tennessee at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport!

The following speakers are confirmed:
Ken Sklute (AZ) – Canon Explorer of Light – Storm chaser, hot air balloonist, entertaining and informative speaker! http://serendipityvisuals.com/
David Kelly (PA) – Topaz tutorials and Lens Babies https://edenbridgephotography.myportfolio.com/
Cheryl Parris (GA) – Composite artist https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.parris
Roni Chastain (NY) – Photoshop and photo walks https://ronichas.zenfolio.com/
– and me, Hazel Meredith (TN) – texture artist, iPhoneography https://www.meredithimages.com/
Bios and class descriptions to follow soon!

As always, the Conference registration fee includes: All Saturday & Sunday sessions and hands-on photo ops; lunch both days; coffee “and” in the mornings; speaker notes on a flash drive; door prizes and a goody bag; plus vendors for shopping! We’ll have special hotel room pricing as well.

There will also be some pre-Conference hands-on workshops on Friday – details coming soon (separate fee will apply).

SAVE with Early Bird Black Friday special pricing!
Click HERE to visit the website and get more details!

Peacock Studio at Meredith Images

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL SALE
50% OFF ALL TEXTURES & E-BOOKS!

The best sale I’ve ever offered! All texture sets and both eBooks are 50% off through midnight EST Dec. 2nd.

I have added four new texture sets which are also eligible for the sale: Alcohol Inks 1; Painterly Skies; Watercolor Blues 3; and Vintage 1.

Click HERE to visit the Peacock Studio (click on eBooks or Texture Collections) and check them out.
Use the code BLACKFRIDAY50 at Checkout

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL SALE
20% OFF ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING!

Do you need help with your post-processing? Work with me one-on-one through Zoom online. We can tackle your questions by screen sharing and live demonstrations. Photoshop; Lightroom; Topaz; Textures, etc.

Click HERE to visit the Peacock Studio – click on Tutoring – and sign up for an hour or a multi-hour package (and save even more)!
Use the code TUTOR20 at Checkout

Thursday’s blog post will have more special deals and some tutorials as well!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday Sampler Nov. 24

I missed doing a Thursday post this week as I spent 17 hours in the car (after 7 hours on Wed.) retrieving one more of our cats from CT! Blackie has now joined the Kitty Klan in TN. He has always been mostly an outdoor cat, and has been very vocal about being kept inside the past few days. I think he will be venturing out later today (so Dave and I can get some sleep!).

For this week’s Sunday Sampler, I took a photo of some abstract art, added a blur and then created two more versions in Smart Photo Editor. This was taken at the hotel where our Spring 2020 Creative Photography Conference will be held! Enjoy!

We have confirmed our location for the Spring 2020 Creative Photography Conference!

Two speakers confirmed and more pending!

Come join us April 24-26 in beautiful Northeast Tennessee at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport!

So far I have confirmed the awesome Ken Sklute (http://serendipityvisuals.com/) and Topaz and Photoshop tutorial guru, David Kelly (https://edenbridgephotography.com/my-work). I have a few more in the works, and of course, I will be doing some Texture sessions with all new material!

We made the dates a little earlier for this event as this is prime time for Spring wildflowers in the region. I will be announcing a barn workshop that will follow the Conference weekend, as well as dates for other workshops. These workshops will be limited to just 4 people!

As always, the Conference registration fee includes: All Saturday & Sunday sessions and hands-on photo ops; lunch both days; coffee “and” in the mornings; speaker notes on a flash drive; door prizes and a goody bag; plus vendors for shopping! We’ll have special hotel room pricing as well.

There will also be some pre-Conference hands-on workshops on Friday – details coming soon (separate fee will apply).

SAVE $80 with Early Bird Black Friday special pricing! Click HERE to visit the website and get more details!

Peacock Studio at Meredith Images

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL SALE
50% OFF ALL TEXTURES & E-BOOKS!

The best sale I’ve ever offered! All texture sets and both eBooks are 50% off through midnight EST Dec. 2nd. Use the code BLACKFRIDAY50 at checkout.

Click HERE to visit the Peacock Studio (click on eBooks or Texture Collections) and check them out.

I just added four new texture sets to the store!
– Painterly Skies (6 textures, reg. price $6)
– Watercolor Blues 3 (6 textures, reg. price $6)
– Alcohol Inks (12 textures, reg. price $12)
– Vintage Collection 1 (12 textures, reg. price $12)

All of the new sets as well as previous sets including the Sunday Sampler Groups are eligible for the 50% discount (Code: BLACKFRIDAY50)!

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL SALE
20% OFF ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING!

Do you need help with your post-processing? Work with me one-on-one through Zoom online. We can tackle your questions by screen sharing and live demonstrations. Photoshop; Lightroom; Topaz; Textures, etc.

Click HERE to visit the Peacock Studio – click on Tutoring – and sign up for an hour or a multi-hour package (and save even more)!

Use the code TUTOR20 at checkout!

NEW BUNDLE – PIXELO

Pixelo has another awesome bundle for you – the Glorious Photoshop Add-Ons Bundle.

This all new bundle contains 2039 PS Template Elements; 1606 PS Overlays; 869 PS Brushes; 859 PS Elements; 737 PS Actions; 721 PS Patterns; 83 PS Styles; 69 Textures; 10 Unique Backdrops and full commercial license.With a value of $3000, you can grab this bundle for just $29! CLICK HERE to check it out!

Around the Web – Nov. 19 – Black Friday Begins!

With Black Friday sales beginning already, I figured I would join in too! There are some very special deals, so keep reading!

We have confirmed our location for the Spring 2020 Creative Photography Conference!

Come join us April 24-26 in beautiful Northeast Tennessee at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport! We are still working on the speaker line up, but you can be sure it will as good as – or even better than – previous conferences!

We made the dates a little earlier for this event as this is prime time for Spring wildflowers in the region. I will be announcing a barn workshop that will follow the Conference weekend, as well as dates for other workshops. These workshops will be limited to just 4 people!

As always, the Conference registration fee includes: All Saturday & Sunday sessions and hands-on photo ops; lunch both days; coffee “and” in the mornings; speaker notes on a flash drive; door prizes and a goody bag; plus vendors for shopping! We’ll have special hotel room pricing as well.

There will also be some pre-Conference hands-on workshops on Friday – details coming soon (separate fee will apply).

SAVE $80 with Early Bird Black Friday special pricing! Click HERE to visit the website and get more details!

Peacock Studio at Meredith Images

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL SALE
50% OFF ALL TEXTURES & E-BOOKS!

The best sale I’ve ever offered! All texture sets and both eBooks are 50% off through midnight EST Dec. 2nd. Use the code BLACKFRIDAY50 at checkout.

Click HERE to visit the Peacock Studio (click on eBooks or Texture Collections) and check them out.

I will also be adding a few new texture sets soon which will also be eligible for the 50% off sale.

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL SALE
20% OFF ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING!

Do you need help with your post-processing? Work with me one-on-one through Zoom online. We can tackle your questions by screen sharing and live demonstrations. Photoshop; Lightroom; Topaz; Textures, etc.

Click HERE to visit the Peacock Studio – click on Tutoring – and sign up for an hour or a multi-hour package (and save even more)!

NEW BUNDLE – PIXELO

Pixelo has another cool bundle for you – “The Unique Mandala Designs Bundle”. These designs are made of both organic and geometric forms.

This bundle contains unique Vector Black & White Mandala, Alien Mandala, Animal Mandala, Decorative Mandala, Egyptian Mandala, Skull Mandala designs and much more.

It is time to create spiritual and powerful designs with our new bundle. Use these Mandalas for different projects: yoga/relaxation/meditation/spa projects, wood carving, stickers, tattoo, paper ornaments, print them on pillow covers, t-shirts, mugs and much more.

You can color these mandalas in Illustrator, Photoshop, Corel Draw, Inkscape, or you can print and color them using a pencil and markers. You’re free to use any of these Mandalas on an unlimited number of design projects for yourself or your business, thanks to the Extended Use license.

This bundle has 1300 unique mandala designs.

Originally, the value of The Unique Mandala Designs Bundle is $441. But today, you can get this bundle for just $29 CLICK HERE to check it out!

“Sunday” Sampler – Update

Hi everyone from beautiful Tennessee!! We are here at our house – many things left to be done outside by the contractor. Moving truck arrives tomorrow – movers scheduled for Friday to unload along with delivery of new furniture (Thursday calls for rain).

I’m at McDonald’s to use WiFi to write this – will be a possible couple weeks till our internet is installed!

Only Momma cat with us so far – she rode down with me last Tuesday. The other two have been stubborn – Samantha managed to get out of a cage before Dave could get it locked. So, several friends are trying to trap them and then I’ll have to make yet another drive to CT to retrieve them! Sigh…

And so, it will be a couple of weeks until the blog gets back to its regular schedule. I’m on my laptop and do not have access to all of my files and photos either. Just wanted to touch base and share a couple of deals and freebies I found online.

AROUND THE WEB

Just got this in an email this morning – the latest deal from Pixelo. The “Glorious Photoshop Add-on Bundle” Part 2. Another set of great Photoshop Add-ons and effects for your post-processing delight!

INCLUDED ARE:

  • 737 Photoshop Actions;
  • 10 Unique Backdrops;
  • 869 Mind-blowing Brushes
  • 83 Photoshop Styles;
  • 2039 Photoshop Template;
  • 859 Amazing Photoshop Elements;
  • 1606 Photoshop Overlays;
  • 721 Awesome Photoshop Patterns;
  • 69 Photoshop Textures;
  • Commercial License

FREEBIES

From WebDesignDev – “20+ Free High Quality Photoshop Brush Packs”

Cool Freebies on Creative Nerds – “Check ’em out here”

TUTORIALS

From Line25 – “20 Brilliant Sci-Fi/Space Photoshop Tutorials”. Create your own planets and galaxies!

“How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop” from DesignYourWay.net.

From Pixel2Pixel.com – “Photoshop Lighting Effects Tutorials” and “Useful Photoshop Tutorials for Designing Abstract Backgrounds”

Over on DigitalPhotographySchool – “How to Supercharge the Spot Healing Brush in Photoshop”

On PictureCorrect.com – “Wildlife Photography: Eliminating Bad Backgrounds”

And on WebDesignDev – “20 Amazing Photo Effect Actions for Photoshop” (free and premium)

Thanks for being a loyal reader! I will be doing some special Sunday Sampler textures for you soon!!

Around the Web – Oct. 15

ACTIONS

Actions are a way to automate tasks that are repetitive. They come in handy if you have a large batch of files to edit that were taken under the same conditions/lighting, and they are great for creative processes. This article from Tuts+ contains “100 Free Photoshop Actions and How to Make Your Own”. It also shows you how to install and use actions plus lists some premium actions for purchase.

PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

From PictureCorrect.com, “Tips to Emphasize Your Subject” and “Tips for Photographing Autumn Colors”.

NEW BUNDLE – PIXELO

Pixelo just launched a new bundle today – “800 Best Photoshop Text Styles”. This bundle includes 18 packs with over 800 text styles for all your graphics needs. As always, they come with a full license so you can use them in commercial projects as well as your own. A Value of $1400 for just $29. CLICK HERE to check it out!

Pixelo’s 800 Best Photoshop Text Styles Bundle

NEW BUNDLE – DESIGN CUTS

Now that their Birthday Bash has concluded, Design Cuts has a new bundle available as well. The new “Ultimate Designer’s Treasure Trove” is chock full of brushes, fonts, textures, special effects and much more! Value $1958, now just $29! CHECK IT OUT HERE!

Note on the Sunday Sampler link! A couple of people have told me it’s asking you to “sign in” to Dropbox. You should not have to do that for these folders. Here is another link if the first one did not work for you (I created a duplicate folder). Enjoy!

Click: NEW LINK to Sunday Sampler

Talk to you on Tutorial Thursday!

Around the Web – Sept. 3

PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES

Three tutorials from PictureCorrect.com, “How to Blur Water in Landscape Photos”. Also “How to Make Your Travel Photography Your Own”, and “Stray Light and Lens Flares in Photography”

LIGHTROOM

From fStoppers.com, “Maybe You Should Be Using Lightroom for That!” and from PictureCorrect.com, “How to Use Lightroom’s Graduated Filter to Improve Landscapes”.

RESOURCES

There is a HUGE amount of resources in this article from A Better Lemonade Stand, “200+ Curated Graphic and Brand Design Resources”. Everything from stock photography, image editing programs, fonts, color palettes and more!

And from idevie.com, “50+ Free Photoshop Brushes to Download Now”

And over on webdesigndev.com, “20 Outstanding Free Photoshop Text Effects”

SOFTWARE HOW TO

“How to Install Patterns, Layer Styles, Brushes and Gradients in PS and LR”.

PIXELO – NEW BUNDLE

Pixelo’s newest bundle is “The Artistic Abstract Design Bundle” with over 2900 Abstract Designs.

This bundle contains:
– 44 design packs;
– 2900+ abstract designs including backgrounds, textures, patterns, shapes, overlays and more;
– Commercial License, check out more about the ;
– Unlimited and quick response.

If you purchased all of these bundles individually, it would cost $885 – grab this bundle for just $29!

CLICK HERE TO GRAB THIS DEAL!

And scroll through the web page to see the detail of each included pack!

Around the Web this Week

As mentioned in the Sunday Sampler, I’m going to be coming to your inbox a little more often (but not TOO often!). This is the first week of the new format and Tuesdays will feature items I found Around the Web – freebies, tutorials, sales and other helpful info.

FREE PHOTOSHOP BRUSHES

From WebDesignDev.com, a roundup of 20+ Free High Quality Photoshop Brushes Packs.

MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORIALS

LightStalking.com has 13 Extremely Useful Tutorials On Macro Photography.

PHOTOSHOP BRUSHES

Another cool resource from WebDesignDev.com, 350+ Free Handwriting Brushes for Photoshop. I love using writing in my composite designs. There are a ton of great resource links in this article.

SKY OVERLAYS

And over on MediaLoot.com, there is an article listing a bunch of resources for 16 Free Sky Overlays to Make Skies Pop. Sky overlays are great for those images taken with a dull grey sky, or to help add some color and “pop” to an ordinary sky.

REMOVE GLARE FROM GLASSES

Colin Smith over on Photoshop Cafe has a great tutorial on removing glare from glasses in a portrait! Check it out HERE on his YouTube Channel.

NEW PIXELO BUNDLE

My friends at Pixelo have a cool bundle for those of you who like to do scrapbooking, card making, graphic design, etc. The Gigantic Vector Graphics Bundle contains 9229 unique vectors for just $29.

Included:

  • 30 vector illustration sets with 287 unique elements;
  • 10 flat-lay vector clipart sets with 250 unique elements;
  • 8 watercolor vector clipart set with 85 unique elements;
  • 2 top notch t-shirt design sets with 151 designs;
  • 150 summer vector illustrations;
  • 9 vector mascot creation kits with 721 vectors;
  • 6 calligraphic ornaments & page decoration sets with 345 vectors;
  • 45 vector elements set with 7240 unique vectors;
  • Commercial License, check out more about the ;
  • Unlimited and quick response

CHECK OUT THIS BUNDLE HERE!

Sunday Sampler – Aug. 4

What an exciting, busy week it’s been! Last weekend I taught 5 sessions at the Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs Conference. Got home Monday afternoon (a friend and I made a road trip of the Conference), then finished preparing for the Topaz Webinar on Tuesday afternoon!

We set new records for webinar registrations (4002), and maxed out the session with 3000 attendees! Wow! If you missed the webinar or didn’t get signed up, here is a link to the recording on the Topaz YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/FadYpAftlE4

Read more Topaz News in the Topaz Corner below.

This week’s Sunday Sampler is a “double-header” since there wasn’t a blog last Sunday. Six more textures from my travels – floors, rugs, concrete, and marble! These are all neutral tones, but remember, you can always change the color scheme with a hue adjustment or make them all black & white.

When we’re doing a webinar, it’s very difficult to get to all of the questions that are asked (especially with this large a group!). Celeste had me answer a few of the most-asked questions, but I’ll address a few more in this column.

Answers to Popular Questions and some updates that have been completed since the webinar:

  • Histogram has been added (the button to open is in the lower left corner of the workspace).
  • Layer masking has been added.
    And you can copy a mask from one layer to another. To copy: Right click in the mask you created; select COPY MASK. Add a mask to the new layer, right click in the mask and select PASTE MASK.
    (See screen shots below).
  • The ability to bring over your custom presets from TS1 to TS2.
    To do that: On top toolbar select Help > Migrate Custom TS1 Presets.
  • Can Studio 2 be accessed from Lightroom?
    Yes. Here are the instructions: https://topazlabs.com/setting-up-topaz-studio-2-as-an-adobe-photoshop-or-lightroom-plugin/
  • Can Studio 2 be accessed from Photoshop?
    Yes. It should automatically install in your Filters menu along with your other Topaz products.
  • What does Studio 2 have that Studio 1 does not?
    Studio 2 now has real layers! In order to save those layers, you must FILE > SAVE PROJECT AS > it will default to a TS2 format. 2 IMPORTANT NOTES! In order to be able to save as a TS2 file, you cannot bring the image into Studio 2 from Photoshop or Lightroom. You must open it directly into Studio 2. TS2 files cannot be opened in any other program (just like PSD files can only be opened in Photoshop). Propriety file formats.
  • If you wish to save as a TIF or JPG format: FILE > EXPORT. You can rename and tell it what folder to save the work in, as well as choose TIF or JPG.
  • How do we access Studio 2 if we’re “off the grid” (no internet)? You do need internet to download the program, but you do not need to be online to use the program. Once it is installed in your computer it works just like any other program.
  • Can we search for Looks by name.
    Yes! There is a search icon just under the “Add Look” button (screen shot below).
COPY MASK
PASTE MASK
SEARCH ICON

Items on the horizon!

  • The ability to add/import additional textures (like we did in Studio 1).
  • Texture Names (similar to AI ReMix
  • Cropping/Straightening
  • Healing
  • Plug-In Access/Support (for all of the other Topaz Plug-Ins that were not updated in Studio 1).
  • The ability to add additional images as layers for compositing or adding a watermark.
  • Community Sharing of Custom Looks – not sure how this will work yet – it won’t be the same as TS1. It was great that people wanted to share looks, however there were so many that it slowed down the loading of presets.
  • Not all of the Effects in TS! were brought over to TS2 (O’Keefe, etc.). Topaz felt there was a lot of duplication and similar effects. I am discussing with Topaz how we can recreate some of these in TS2 for those who want them.

Some general info on Studio 2, pricing, discounts, etc.

  • How do I get Studio 2?
    Studio 2 is available on the TopazLabs.com website under downloads.
  • How much is it?
    Studio 2 retails for $99.99. It is on sale for $79.99 until Aug. 9th. BUT if you use my coupon code from the webinar – Hazelweb719 – you can save an additional 20% making it $63.99! The webinar coupon expires on Monday, Aug. 5th. But…
  • If you previously purchased $100 or more of Studio Pro Adjustments (not plug-ins), then you received an email last week for a FREE upgrade! If you purchased some Pro Adjustments, but less than $100 worth, you received a discounted price. Those emails were sent on Wed. 7/24 and Thurs. 7/25.

Whew! That’s a lot of info! You can always shoot me a message or email with questions, plus there is a Facebook group for Topaz Studio where people help each other (and Topaz staff chime in too). I will answer more questions here in the blog as the software progresses and updates are released.

I also added a discount code at the end of the webinar for 25% off eBooks and textures in the Peacock Studio. You can use the code Topaz25 until Aug. 10th (midnight EDT).

You can also get a copy of my webinar notes (plus images used and bonus textures) for just $5 in the Peacock Studio.

CLICK HERE to SHOP AND SAVE!

Do you ever feel like you are in a “rut” with your photography? We tend to shoot the same types of subjects the majority of the time. Here’s a great exercise to expand your horizons: “10 Photography Assignments to Stimulate Your Creativity” over on PictureCorrect.

All I can say is WOW! The folks at Pixelo have outdone themselves with this latest bundle! The Urbane Fonts & Designs Bundle contains 99 fonts and over 1000 design elements! I’ve seen lots of font bundles, but this one is really amazing with the inclusion of some great art as well. Just $29 (value $2750). Save 99%. Click HERE to grab this deal!!

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