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After sending yesterday's newsletter message about some updates to Topaz Studio, I got several questions about what Topaz is doing, what is this "Studio" thing and "I already have Impression and Glow so do I need Studio?"

Topaz labs has traditionally been a Plug-In for Lightroom, Photoshop and some other programs, although you could still use it as a stand alone program. If you already own Topaz plug-ins such as Impression, Simplify, Clarity, Adjust, etc.. you will still be able to access those programs as plug-ins on your computer. 
However, Topaz is starting to "move" those individual programs into their new "house" called Topaz Studio. Studio is a FREE program that already has a set of adjustments and filters with their own presets. It's actually great for new photographers who don't want to subscribe to the monthly Adobe programs. You can download more free and paid adjustments and presets, like the newest one AI ReMix, that I mentioned yesterday. 
One by one, Topaz is moving their individual programs like Impression, Clarity, Glow... INTO Studio. So if you download Topaz Studio and you already own from say a year ago, for example, Impression as a plug-in to Photoshop or Lightroom, you will be able to access Impression BOTH from your original host programs as well as within the Studio Software. 
See the screen shot below and the info following it.

  Notice in the drop down from Photoshop that now I have "Topaz Labs" AND "Topaz Studio". Topaz Labs still has the whole suite that I purchased years ago as well as programs I have added over time like Glow and Simplify. Topaz Studio has the programs that I purchased in the past that have, at the time of this post, been "moved" into Studio. If you don't see the products you've purchased in the past within Studio, click on the HELP dropdown and select "Reset Local Database".  You can also skip Photoshop and Lightroom and open an image directly in Topaz Studio.

Notice in the drop down from Photoshop that now I have "Topaz Labs" AND "Topaz Studio". Topaz Labs still has the whole suite that I purchased years ago as well as programs I have added over time like Glow and Simplify. Topaz Studio has the programs that I purchased in the past that have, at the time of this post, been "moved" into Studio. If you don't see the products you've purchased in the past within Studio, click on the HELP dropdown and select "Reset Local Database".  You can also skip Photoshop and Lightroom and open an image directly in Topaz Studio.

Is this utterly frustrating? You Bet it is!! I've taught 2 Topaz Labs workshops during this transition and it's been a real pain. But it's just a transition that we have to suffer through to get to the bonus at the end. So what's the bonus? The advantage to Topaz Studio is that you can simply jump from one amazing Topaz Program to another without ever having to leave Studio. It's like applying different looks and effects in Photoshop without having to leave Photoshop between layers. Thank goodness we don't have to do THAT! BLAH! You can apply a texture in Texture Effects, then open Impression for a painterly look, then bring it into Clarity to finish it off. Previously, if you wanted to use Impression AND Texture Effects, you would have to save the image you created in Impression and then re-open it in Texture Effects. 
I teach a couple workshops a year on Topaz's creative programs including Simplify, Glow, Texture Effects, and Impression. Stay tuned for the next one!

I hope this has helped with some of the confusion if you use Topaz products. 

Have an awesome weekend!

Kate

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