The Topaz Labs team is comprised of veteran software developers, imaging specialists, media specialists, professional photographers, photography connoisseurs and Photoshop experts. The firm has gradually expanded its range of plugins to the point where it now offers a collection of 10 of them geared to photographers, who can use them to enhance their digital images using flexible adjustments that are easy to apply and customize.
Included in the Bundle is Adjust, which optimizes exposure, color, and detail strength for dynamic, HDR-style images; DeNoise, for removing noise, color noise and banding while recovering image detail; B&W Effects, which creates both traditional and stylized looks; ReMask, which simplifies the creation of masks and cutouts for background replacement and selective adjustments; Lens Effects, for creating bokeh, vignettes, color tone balance, motion blur and more after the shot; Detail, which allows users to selectively control three levels of image detail without creating halos or edge artifacts; Simplify, for creating a range of digital art and painting effects; Clean, which provides smoothing and edge stylizing for creating smooth, flawless skin and curly, vectorized effects; InFocus, which sharpens and refines to improve image quality and reverse minor instances of blur; and DeJPEG, for reducing jpeg compression artifacts (blockiness) and restoring optimal jpeg image integrity.
The April Graphics.com Sweepstakes will be awarding one copy of the Topaz Plug-in Bundle for Mac or Windows, with a value of $299.99. As well as Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, the Bundle is compatible with Lightroom, Aperture and iPhoto. More information about the Bundle is available on the Topaz Labs site. A free trial is also available for download.