What an exciting time to be a photographer! There is another entry into the Black and White conversion software mix with the introduction of Topaz B&W Effects. (for coupon codes on Topaz and Nik software click here). I know there are already some really good conversion packages available particularly Silver Effects Pro from Nik, but I think the new entry from Topaz is well worth the look! BTW it won't be released until Aug 30 or so.
Here are some of the unique features in the Topaz software:
True Grain Filter & Grain Creation - Choose from your favorite films or create your own grain.
Adaptive Exposure - The power of Topaz Adjust is infused with B&W Effects to help create dynamic detail and exposure.
Quad Tone - Allows for 4 different tones to be selected and applied to different tonal regions within an image.
Creative Effects - Includes popular Topaz effects to creatively enhance images.
Finishing Touches - Includes effects to give your image the perfect final touch.
I played with it for about 1½ hours yesterday and here are some of the images I came up with. All the effects were done within the program, including tinting, vignettes, diffusion and more.
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Original Converted and diffused to give "Lens Baby" look
Original Converted, tinted and diffused
Original Fairly straight conversion
Original Converted, vignette and allowed some of original color to show