It would seem that the good folks over at Topaz Labs never seem to sleep.  They are constantly enhancing and updating their current set of tools, and in all cases these advancements produce incredible results that make it easy for us photographers to create great images, easily.  In today’s fast paced world, we find it imperative to spend the least amount of time possible in post-production, allowing us to focus on our core business and being on-set in a session working for our clients.

The other aspect of having a great set of tools available is the end result.  Here at Toad Hollow Photography, we use Topaz Detail to finish off every image we create here as this terrific tool adds a controllable level of detail that helps to make the final product pop.  Sometimes, we also would like to add texture or a specific photo effect in the creation of fine art.  Enter the terrific toolset from Topaz Labs.  The Topaz Complete Collection is a must-have set of tools that we rely on time after time in our post-production.

Wood Barn - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Wood Barn – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

We recently captured this wonderful old wood barn here in the Cowichan Valley on a day we were poking around the backroads looking for great subjects.  We shot and processed this one using our HDR techniques, and are quite pleased with the overall results.  We thought it was a perfect frame to use to showcase the power of the latest tool from Topaz Labs, Topaz Texture Effects 2.

We received our pre-release copy early this week and set out to use it to show you here what it is capable of.  The results are terrific.

Wood Barn - Topaz Texture Effects 2 - 50's Print - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Wood Barn – Topaz Texture Effects 2 – 50’s Print – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

For our first image, we applied the preset called “50’s Print”, and quite honestly we love the effect and feel it adds to the shot.  It instantly transformed our picture into a piece that resembles a monochrome picture from 50+ years ago, complete with a bit of sepia toning and great overall texture and detail.

Topaz Labs Texture Effect 2 Screenshot

Topaz Labs Texture Effect 2 Screenshot

From the screenshot using the tool, we can see that once you select your preset, you can then fine-tune any adjustments you like to finish off the picture just the way you want it.  This literally takes seconds to complete, and you’ve completely transformed your photograph.  With such a large selection of presets available, we thought we’d try a couple more.

Wood Barn - Topaz Texture Effects 2 - Grunge Punch - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Wood Barn – Topaz Texture Effects 2 – Grunge Punch – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Wood Barn - Topaz Texture Effects 2 - Midnight Lake - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Wood Barn – Topaz Texture Effects 2 – Midnight Lake – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Once again, we find the finished product to be absolutely amazing in terms of feel and quality.  Applying the presets and then tweaking the settings a bit took only a matter of seconds.  The preset “Midnight Lake” was particularly wonderful for this shot as it truly made the picture feel as if it was captured in the heart of night under a glowing moon.  All this in a few clicks of your mouse.

Topaz Labs Texture Effect 2 Screenshot

Topaz Labs Texture Effect 2 Screenshot

In this screenshot, we can see how the plugin, fully integrated into Photoshop, shows it’s interface and allows you to scroll through the countless filters that come included.  Opacity is handled via a slider, allowing you to finely control how much of the effect to apply to your image.  Once again, the ease of use comes shining through, as with all the tools and products from the group at Topaz Labs.

And it’s not just the tools that are awesome over at Topaz Labs, it’s the support and training they provide to their end users, too.  They have a world-class support group ready to assist with any issue you may have when using their tools, and they also host Topaz Labs Webinars to help you get the most out of your investment.  This makes for a worry-free decision when it comes to who you choose for your tools.  We simply cannot recommend Topaz Labs highly enough.

If you are looking for a great tool that’s easy to use for applying photograph effects, look no further than Topaz Labs Texture Effects 2.  To make it even better, it is on sale for a limited time until October 30th, 2016.  The regular retail price is $69.99 and for this limited time you can get it for only $59.99 with the coupon code “TFX2” at checkout.  Download a trial version today and take it around the block to see what it can do for you, and then take advantage of this sale to enjoy all the benefits a top notch set of post-production tools can bring to your images.

Topaz Labs Texture Effects 2

Topaz Labs Texture Effects 2




  1. avatar Jessica says:

    Good to see your new post. Amazing house…love the last photo especially.