Topaz Simplify 4 – Part Three

Topaz Simplify 4 has a “Painting” module, and that is what we are showing today. It too has a lot of presets, and I’ll give a small flavor of each grouping below.

But first . . . here, once again, is the original photo:


First up, we have the Oil Painting group. Now, I am not an expert on painting. Well, I do alright with walls and ceilings, but I use water-based paints, as opposed to oil paints. Topaz tells me this is what oil paintings look like . . . 

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There’s even a B&W oil painting filter . . . 


Wait . . . there is a water color option!


Then it gets weird; there’s something called ‘Underpainting’ . . . to me it looks more like ‘washed-out painting’, but as I said, I ain’t a painter.


There are a number of just ‘Painting’ options, but I’ll only show one.


And there is a ‘Painting Colorful’ group . . . 


And for rude people, there is ‘Painting Harsh Colors’.


They don’t seem harsh to me but, all together now, Disperser is not a painter.

One filter does ‘Impressions Colorful’.


. . . and there’s a ‘Ghostly Natural’ . . . 


. . . as well as a ‘Ghostly Desaturated’.


Finally, there is a ‘Dynamic Boost’ group. This is the ‘Warm’, but the only difference between regular, warm, and cool are the borders.


I mentioned the user can play with combining settings, blending them, overlaying them, etc.

Here is my shot at playing around with four different filters blended in various ways.

Disperser Concoction

Disperser Concoction

I kind of like that! . . . I’ll call it ‘Private Investigation’.

Here’s a slideshow of the above filters . . . 

The video shows a little better how they differ from each other.

. . . we are not done yet . . . 

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Engulfed by Fear

Engulfed by Fear

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5 Responses to Topaz Simplify 4 – Part Three

  1. oneowner says:

    Again, you’ve shown the versatility of the Topaz plug-in very nicely. Even the “Harsh” effect looks nice. The trick to using these filters is to have the right photo to work on. I have had some disastrous results from trying to use an obviously bad photo in Simplify. This photo you have here is a perfect example of the right type of subject and lighting for it.


    • disperser says:

      Yeah, I kind of cheated. The subject does lend itself well to the processes in Simplify.

      . . . hmmm . . . maybe I should do a post about photos not suited for these filters.


  2. Eddy Winko says:

    A free trial, I might give that a go and not too expensive for the full package. Very effective, or maybe the skill is with the artist!


    • disperser says:

      My skills are awesome indeed . . . I can click the mouse with either my left or right hand.

      Really, these are presets . . . one click, and you are done. Of course, there are also sliders, layers, and other things you can do.

      If you get the free trial, remember these are plugins. You need photoshop or lightroom or aperture to run them. there is also a separate program Topaz sells that will let you run them.

      There is a free program as well, but it’s limited in what it can do.


  3. AnnMarie says:

    Absolutely splendid! But then I’m partial to the painting presets. And I must agree with your notion to do a post about which photos lend themselves (and which do not) to these processes. As I’ve noted before, it’s quite obvious that you have a great talent for choosing the right photo to “play” with. And the one above has passed the test of presets!


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