Stormy Weather – ConvertedFor this image of storm clouds in Glacier Park, I wanted to add more drama to the mostly black and white image. The first step was to simply use the Classic preset in the Traditional Collection. The next step was to go the adjustment panel on the right and under Conversion I added a Color Filter. This gave me a bit of darkening in the trees and I found it to give the image more punch… The last change I made in the B&W Effects plugin was under Finishing Touches, I gave the image a small vignette. I find the starting to point to always be too strong and so I used the slider to make the effect more subtle. After all of the processing, I wanted to take some of the grain out and I used Topaz Labs DeNoise 5 on the Moderate JPG setting. My last step in the process once I am happy with the results, I sign it… Here are couple more quick before and after images that I made with Topaz Labs B&W effects.
Graphic Image – ConvertedAs I said images with strong graphic elements make fun projects for conversion. Here is an old iron wagon wheel that I converted.
Toned Collection>Sepia II followed by Finishing Touches>Vignette
Problem Picture – ConvertedI always loved this image from one of my earliest trips to Africa. It’s an old jpg that was pretty far under exposed and with modern software, I can do quite a bit more with it now. I wanted to make a kind of old time image that had some arty flair.
Van Dyke Brown Collection>Raw Umber then Creative Effects>Simplify and Finishing Touches>Vignette
Portrait – ConvertedAnd finally here is a portrait that I converted with Topaz Labs. I used both the Adjust and the B&W Effects plugins and since I also PhotoFX Labs this is super easy…
Adjust>Stylized>Portrait Smooth and then B&W Effects>Traditional>Cool Tone SmoothI hope this inspires you make some old images new again by re-processing them with Topaz Labs plugins. The one last bit of advice…don’t forget to play with the filters and effects. You’ll be surprised what you can do with a little effort and a lot of play!