Category Archives: Topaz Software

On the Patio, Cherokee Cottage, Jekyll Island, GA

Shot on the Patio of the Cherokee Cottage in the Historic District on Jekyll Island, GA. Many people are not aware of the beauty of Jekyll Island and the other Sea Islands of Coastal Georgia. Jekyll Island was a playground for some of the wealthiest families of the early 20th century and the Cottages built by these families were later preserved as an Historic District.  It is a piece of living history and definitely worth a stop on your way down I95.

Shot with Lumix LX-3. Processed with Nik Color EFX Pro, Topaz Detail and Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures.

Vintage Irises

Photo of one of my favorite flowers, irises. Shot with Lumix LX-5. Processed with  Nik Color EFX Pro and Viveza, Topaz Denoise and Detail and Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures. I used one of Leslie’s new grunge frames to create the look of a vintage postcard, one of her script brushes and three of her textures blended and masked.

The Cemetery at Christ Church, St. Simons Island, GA

Photo of the Civil War Era cemetery at the historic Christ Church, St. Simons Island, GA. Taken June 10, 2012 with Lumix LX-5. Processed with Topaz Bundle, Nik Color EFX Pro and Viveza and Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures.

Cottage at Epworth-by-the-Sea, St. Simons Island, GA

Photo of a small Cottage at Epworth-by-the-Sea Methodist Center, St. Simons Island, GA. Taken June 10, 2012 with Lumix LX-5. Processed with Topaz Bundle, Nik Color EFX Pro and Viveza and Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures.

The Gascoigne Pier – St. Simons Island, GA

The Pier at Gascoigne Park in St. Simons Island, GA. Taken June 10, 2012 with Panasonic Lumix LX5. Processed with French Kiss Textures, Nik Color EFX Pro and Topaz Adjust 5


Still Life – Tea Stained Rose

A change of style for me…I call this Still Life – Tea Stained Rose. Done with new Nik Software Bundle and Topaz Bundle along with textures, overlays, layer masks, clipping masks and other cool techniques I just learned for Photoshop. Thanks to Leslie Nicole for all of her tutorials and great encouragement!

Topaz Labs Plugins for Photoshop and Lightroom – wow!


If you haven’t checked out the incredible plugins by Topaz Labs, you need to do so ASAP! Here is desciption of the bundle which sells for great price of $249. Once you seewhat these plugins can do, the proce will seem like a real bargain:

  • Simulate lenses, filters & specialty cameras withTopaz Lens Effects
  • Make your exposure, detail, and color pop with Topaz Adjust
  • Create a variety of stunning painterly art effects with Topaz Simplify
  • Get halo- and artifact-free detail enhancement with Topaz Detail
  • Eliminate noise while preserving detail with Topaz DeNoise
  • Quickly and efficiently mask and extract photos with Topaz ReMask
  • Sharpen and restore image clarity with Topaz InFocus
  • Control portrait smoothing and stylized edges with Topaz Clean
  • Fix JPEG artifacts and optimize web photos with Topaz DeJPEG

My personal favorite is Topaz Adjust, which is best described as HDR gone wild. You can use it 100 different ways and never get the same results twice! Here’s how to do “easyHDR” with Topaz Adjust 4:

If you are a lightroom user instead of Photoshop, you can also use Topaz Fusion Express to use the bundle in Lightroom. Check out the complete bundle at

New Tools – Lightroom 3, Nik Complete and Perfect Layers!

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of some new software goodies…finally making the jump to Adobe Lightroom from Photoshop. I will still use Photoshop, but looking forward to using Lightroom. I only did this becuase of a new product, OnOne Software’s Perfect Layers that allows Lightroom to work in layers just like Photoshop. Since it was developed in partnership with Scott Kelby, I know it will be a great tool! I use a lot of layers in Photoshop when working with textures and it will be super to have the other great tools in Lightroom AND be able to add layers. I am also ordering the Nik Software Complete Bundle which includes Dfine, Sharpener, Vivenza, HDR Pro, Color EFX Pro and my #1 favorite, Silver EFX Pro. With these tools, along with my other favs, the Topaz Labs Bundle there is no creative limit to what I can do! Cant wait to see what “develops”…excuse the photo pun!

More info on the Nik Complete bundle in this video: