Topaz Simplify – Demo

Topaz Simplify – My Demo

I decided to test out Topaz’s Simplify plug-in. I thought I might try my hand at more of a painting look.

Below are the before (RAW conversion) – RAW imported into Lightroom and exported with a watermark and a version that I imported into Lighroom  and made a few corrections, processed with Photomatix for HDR, a little Photoshop for spot removal (had a nasty sensor), then processed with Topaz Simplify. Finally, I brought the image back into Lightroom, added a vignette and exported it with a watermark.

I’m ok with it as my first attempt. I’ve got 30days to decide if I like it enough to buy it. I purchased DeNoise and Lens Effects from Topaz and really like DeNoise for noise removal. I purchased Lens Effects before I had Lightroom so I don’t use it that much anymore.


RAW conversion

RAW conversion


HDR + Topaz Simplify

HDR + Topaz Simplify



On again…. and off again… On again…


Well… I’ve decided to give Smugmug a real try this time.
I’ve tried doing my own thing and it’s just too much of a hassle.
Sometimes in life… you just have to pay the man because he’s the best and is worth it.
That’s where I am with Smugmug. I haven’t settled on theme yet and I’m not 100% sold on the name
I’ve chosen, though I think it’s kinda cool (I’m still in the 14day free trial).

We’ll see.


haven’t posted in a while because I don’t feel like I’ve had anything worth posting.
this is an experiment in layering and texturing.


I used 2 textures for this one. I can’t remember what the second texture is and can’t remember what settings I had.

Graphic Stock "Paper Wrinkled 18"

Graphic Stock “Paper Wrinkled 18”



I used 2 textures here.

Top layer, Overlay 71%

Top layer, Overlay 71%
Graphic Stock “Rust 66”

Bottom layer, Overlay 100%

Bottom layer, Overlay 100%
Graphic Stock “Ice 3”