Rose Double Exposure with Topaz Studio
We are excited to share with our users, our brand new Topaz Product, Topaz Studio. Hazel Meredith with Meredith Images is back with us for this tutorial teaching some basic features in Topaz Studio such as choosing and tweaking effects, as well as using the Texture Adjustment to create double exposures.
This tutorial demonstrates just a small amount of the vast capabilities of the new Topaz Studio. It’s awesome to be able to use all of the Topaz products in one handy Studio!
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Step 1: Open your Image
I opened the Topaz Studio directly from my desktop as a “stand alone”. You have the option of working that way, or to open the Studio directly from Photoshop or Lightroom.
If you open Topaz Studio as a standalone, you can add images by simply dragging and dropping or by choosing File > Open Image…
If you chose to use Topaz Studio as a plugin, it can be found by choosing
Filter > Topaz Labs > Topaz Studio in Photoshop.
Step 2: Search for an Effect
Topaz Studio has an awesome feature called the Topaz Community. It allows you to share effects with other Topaz Studio users. I have saved an Effect called Rose Double Exposure that works great for Raw files. To apply the Rose Double Exposure preset, simply search for it in the Effect Panel.
Step 3: Editing Your Image
When you initially apply the Double Exposure preset, you will notice there are no changes made to your image. All Adjustments are set to default values. This allows you to go through each Adjustment and make the necessary tweaks tailored specifically to your image. This effect is a great starting point to know which Adjustments to use in a complete workflow from start to finish.
I went down the preset making changes to the Basic Adjustment, and then tweaks to the Reduce Noise, Precision Contrast, Tone Curves, HSL Color Tuning, and Vignette Adjustments. I did not make any changes to DeHaze or Dual Tone.
Once I was satisfied, I chose to Apply the effect.
You may wish to Save As to keep the image saved with just this preset for future use.
Step 3: Apply the Expressionalism Effect
Next, I re-opened the Effects panel to see what else I wanted to do.
I went to the Fine Art category of Effects Panel. To browse through the various Effect categories, click the more button at the bottom of the Effects Toolbar. I liked the “Expressionalism” preset. As soon as you apply an effect, you will see the Adjustments populate in the Adjustment Panel on the right-hand side of the screen.
Step 4: Customize the Expressionalism Effect
From here I opened the Basic Adjustment section and lowered the Highlight slider to -.38 just to tone down the brighter areas of the rose. I also lowered the Saturation to -.21. I did not make any further changes to this preset. Again, you may want to save a copy of your image for future use.
Step 5: Add a Texture
Next, I added a Texture Adjustment to my image by clicking More icon at the bottom of your Adjustment toolbar (bottom right). You will see an asset library that shows all of the textures, backgrounds, borders, light leaks, dust & scratches layers, etc. You can choose the Group you want by clicking the drop down next to Group.
I chose the brick wall texture to give my rose the illusion of being painted on the wall! After making a few adjustments to the sliders, I clicked on the “+ Enhance” in the lower right of the palette, and chose Black & White. This made the brick texture B&W to reduce the effect on the colors of the rose.
Here are some more edits that were made using the same process in Topaz Studio. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!
Step 6: Save Your Work
When you are satisfied with your edits, Save your image by Clicking File > Save As…
Here’s the finished image:
That’s All For Today
Thanks for reading! That’s just one of the many things you can effortlessly accomplish in Topaz Studio. Topaz Studio is great for gaining inspiration from pre-made effects or allowing you to create your own looks with our immense library of editing tools.
We’ll be adding more tutorials and videos so be sure to give us a follow to learn more!