It’s no secret that I am a Photoshop user and that I will enhance my images. In my opinion that’s what the digital age is all about. I’m a great fan of Topaz Labs plugins for Photoshop and I have their Complete Collection installed on my computer.
Recently I did a beta test of Topaz ReStyle which is now on general release. What does it do? Hard to explain in words but you can take a photograph and apply one of a thousand different effects to it. Perhaps the best way is to show you what I mean.
Here’s the base image. Taken as the sun was setting on Talacre Beach. On it’s own I quite like it….but it could do with something a little bit extra.
With one click I can select from any one of the 1000 pre-sets and it will be instantly applied.
But you don’t have to stick with the pre-sets default setting. You can fine tune them using the control panel.
Here you can adjust the strength of the five primary colours, mask out some of the effect, change the saturation and hue of colours, even the luminosity.
Want something a bit weird? ReStyle has pre-sets for that. Or maybe something dark and moody?
A thousand different pre-sets is a bit much to look at but you can search by keyword. For instance, I used “blue” to find this pre-set.
Many of the pre-sets look reasonably natural, especially any that have to do with sunset or sunrise.
I’m not saying that ReStyle should be applied to every photograph, nor is it suited to every photograph. When I was beta testing I found I got the best results from photographs where the light was kind of low and I stuck to something that was believable. i.e. the green and really red just don’t seem to gel.