There’s a new layer-based editor in town. Topaz Studio 2 has officially launched and brings major changes to the image editing and effects software.
Topaz Studio 2 is now a one-time single purchase price that includes all the adjustments by default, whereas in the first version users would need to individually buy the effects they wanted. Inside the application, the entire user interface and workflow has been refreshed and streamlined to focus around the new non-destructive, layer-based editing support. Filters can be fine tuned with blending modes and opacity, and readjusted at any point in the editing process.
The new program also emphasizes the use of selective adjustments so that only desired parts of the photos are tweaked with effects rather than globally. These include edge-aware brush and spot tools plus a context-aware gradient tool, as well as being able to make selections based on color and luminance.
Topaz Labs has released a few quick tutorials to get you started with Topaz Studio 2 including how to boost blue skies, creating a soft pastel look, selectively saturate an desaturate photos, high contrast black and white edits, and how to save custom looks.
For the next two weeks, Topaz Studio 2 has an introductory price of $79.99, after which it will be raised to the regular price of $99.99. Free trials can be downloaded and used for 30 days. The new application is supported on both Windows and Mac as a standalone program or as an Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom plugin.