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Rose Double Exposure with Topaz Studio

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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. 

Rose Double Exposure

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.

Rose Double Exposure - Before

Before

Rose Double Exposure - After

After

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. 

Rose Double Exposure- Apply Expressionalism

Step 4: Customize the Expressionalism Effect

Rose Double Exposure - Tweaking Effects

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

Double Rose Exposure - Add 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.

Gallery

Here are some more edits that were made using the same process in Topaz Studio. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!

Orange Flower-Before

Before

Yellowstone Bison-Before

Before

Orange Flower-After

After

Yellowstone Bison-After

After

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:

Rose Double Exposure - Final 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!

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About Hazel Meredith

Hazel Meredith
Hazel is involved with the photographic community on local, regional and national levels. She is currently secretary of the Connecticut Association of Photographers; and a Vice President on the board of the New England Camera Club Council. She is active in the Greater Bridgeport Camera Club where she has held several officer positions, and is also active in the Photographic Society of America (PSA). In 2008 she received an honors distinction of Master Member of the New England Camera Club Council (MNEC) during its annual conference, and in September, 2013, she was awarded the distinction of APSA from the Photographic Society of America at their annual conference. Hazel teaches at many New England camera clubs as well as photographic conferences and events throughout the U.S. She offers workshops and travel photo trips through her company, Meredith Images. She is a regular webinar presenter for Topaz Labs, and she released her first eBook,“Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art”in October 2015.
7 Comments
  • Dave Chandler
    May 26, 2017

    I always enjoy tutorials buuuuuut, as least for me, I always hit a brick wall somewhere and never continue. In yours you talk about Community and then Effects. I see no connection. Search turned up nothing. Just where are these “effects”? Thanks, DaveC

    • Jodi Robbins
      May 26, 2017

      Hi Dave! Great question. The effects can be found in the leftmost column of the Topaz Studio program. When you open the program, you will see the Featured effects. These are created by Topaz Labs. You can also select from a variety of styles by clicking More. The Search feature at the top of the column allows you to search user names, keywords, tags, and more. I hope this helps!

      • Vladislav Jurco
        May 28, 2017

        Hi Jodi – still something going wrong. Under “Featured” category there are some presets (not too much) however no other categories (like Fine Art or so) are available as an option. If I did not know that Fine art exists I have no idea how to find it. And “More” as you suggested gives just options “like” and “favourite” nothing else.
        Are there any preset defalut categories to choose from or I have to just “try writing something and see what will happen”? Thanks VladJ

        • Vladislav Jurco
          May 28, 2017

          OK – I found sorry for making fuss. It is in that column as you mentioned it. I was looking into search field – and obviously there was nothing there. 🙂

        • Jodi Robbins
          June 7, 2017

          Glad it worked out for you!

  • Shirley Bormann
    June 29, 2017

    Great photo effect with the double rose but I too had several problems. I did find the Texture button under “More” on right hand column but could not find the “Brick Wall” you mentioned which I love. You also mentioned to hit “Apply” but I can’t seem to find that button so I just saved as….

    Thank you. Interesting effect!

    • Taylor Seaton
      July 5, 2017

      Shirley,
      If you open up the texture Adjustment and select Texture from the group drop down, the brick wall will be in the 7th row. Also, there have been few updates made since this tutorial was released. if you wish to apply an effect, you can do so by clicking the 3 horizontal lines that are located on the thumbnail of each image. I hope this helps!

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