Grid Preview With Presets Applied in Topaz Plugins
Topaz products are probably best available photography plugins for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom but also and for Aperture, iPhoto, PaintShop Pro... One of cool things and probably heavily overlooked is Grid view. What this feature does is to quickly generate smart thumbnail previews with presets from particular collection applied. Grid View or thumbnail previews feature is available in Topaz ReStyle, Topaz Clarity and Topaz B&W Effects 2. Lets see what is so cool and useful with this feature.
Before we proceed quick note and credits for images used in this tutorial. Images you will see in screenshots are included in Colin Smith's course Lightroom 5 for Digital Photographers and I am using them with owner's permission.
Grid View in Topaz ReStyleI will start exploring grid views with Topaz Restyle, new star on Topaz sky which have most options in grid view but it is expected to see same search and classification options in other 2 plugins in the feature. You do not need to wait to buy new release by the way because Topaz is not charging for upgrades or in other words you are buying lifetime license including every feature releases!. First off course you need to run Restyle from Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Aperture...
Next, on your screen you will see your image with all presets from that collection applied in thumbnail view. Do not ignore and search and classification option on top of the screen where is also and COLLECTIONS drop-down list from which you can choose any of available collections and ReStyle will quick generate thumbs with presets from that collection applied.
Once you find preset you like just double-click on it to return in the main window where you can confirm and go back to host application or to continue modifying and adjusting applied style.
What I am usually doing is to play with wonderful and amazing Structure slider which really rocks and enhances details on the image as you drag it.
Grid View in Topaz B&W Effects 2Black & White photography is very popular and Topaz have an excellent horse for that race: B&W Effects 2. If you can not find preset you like in this plugin then cheers gentlemen! Beside presets there are and tons of controls for any taste and controls for quick adjustments which really helps and in many cases won't need further basic adjustments. First thing first, run Topaz B&W Effects filter from any host application (here is how to do that from Lightroom).
As and in other Topaz plugins first select collection on the right side and click grid icon on the right side of collection name.
Once you enter Grid View scroll to see all thumbs with presets applied and if you are not completely satisfied click on X in the top right corner to return to the main window and give a try to some other collection. When you find preset you like most just double-click on it and you are in main B&W Effect window.
On the right side of the window, you have tons of controls but I will suggest you if you are new to this plugin to give a try to buttons with quick adjustments which are on the right side of the screen just below Navigator.
Grid View in Topaz ClarityThe third plugin that has Grid View is Topaz Clarity. If your mind travels to Clarity slider in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom, all I have to say is this is a much more powerful tool, it is by essence plugin, not only one slider inside the application and you are free to expect and get much more. Let me repeat one more time: start plugin first and choose a collection from the right side. Click on grid icon which is at the right side of PRESETS title in the middle of the right side of the screen.
Once you enter in grid view scroll down to see thumbs with all presets from chosen collection applied. Double click on thumb which looks best to you or click on X into right corner, choose some other collection then click again grid icon.