Topaz Labs have just released version 2 of their excellent Topaz Studio software.
Put simply, Topaz Studio 2 is one of the best, if not the best, photo enhancers available. It provides non destructive editing with both a collection of presets and a comprehensive set of filters.
It is the filters that particularly interest me – I make use of AI Clear (image sharpening and noise reduction par excellence) on every one of my images and regularly use their Black and White and HSL tuning filters, as well as a number of others.
In a sense – everything! With version 1 the Studio itself was free and you had to purchase the specialist filters individually. With V2, you get all the filters for a single price. It’s quite a bargain.
I also like Topaz Labs’ customer care – all too many upgrades (from some publishers) are just a handful of minor tweaks at an exorbitant ‘upgrade’ price. Not so with Topaz! As I already owned enough of their filters I got my upgrade for free! Had I owned fewer filters I would have received a substantial upgrade discount.
The Topaz Family
Topaz Labs now offer the following tools for those wishing to break free from subscription based software. And their policy is usually to provide owners of existing software free upgrades – so you won’t need to keep buying the software every year or so.
Topaz’ products are:
Studio: General purpose editing with a complete set of non destructive filters and presets.
Additional, standalone products:
Adjust AI: One click image enhancements as well as a full set of customizable image filters.
Denoise AI: Top quality image noise removal.
Sharpen AI: Sharpen images, remove motion blur and recover out of focus images.
JPEG to RAW AI: If you need to enhance a JPEG image you usually run into JPEG’s 8 bit limitations. But this software converts it to a 16 bit DNG or TIFF image. It is quite remarkable, as my review shows.