Star Effects is a new product by Topaz Labs that is kinda fun because it allows you to do some interesting things with flare and stars to spice up your photos. Here’s a couple cool before and after examples that Topaz has provided me with:
Here’s the user-interface for this product so you can get an idea of how it works:
It’s your typical Topaz UI framework with presets on the left and all the knobs for fine tuning on the right. Like most Topaz products you begin by selecting a preset (not required) and then you dial in your settings from each of the four categories shown below::
Options include various star types and the ability to add and remove them as shown here:
This of course opens the door to all sorts of possibilities, but this is one I couldn’t resist doing:
Yeah, that’s the ticket – that is what was missing from that shot – ha, ha!
All joking aside, for many photos the results can be pretty cool with just ONE CLICK of a preset. Here’s my famous Chicago shot where all I did was click the City Lights I preset and voilà – instant sparkle right where I wanted it:
Instant City Sparkle with only one click
This is a neat little product that on the right photo (like Chicago above) you just say “wow, how did it know where I wanted my sparkles”. It just works! It’s way easier and faster than Photoshop, and all sorts of flare options are available.
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