Topaz Labs BW Effects 4 Minute Video Walkthrough

B&W Effects is Topaz Lab’s newest Photoshop plugin which is a black and white converter and image enhancer. BW Effects gives you a variety of tools that make it easy to create stunning black and white compositions. More than your traditional black and white conversion tool, Topaz Labs B&W Effects features a simplified, yet intuitive, selective brush as well as creative effects and finishing effects for high-impact black and whites. Like all the other Topaz Labs plugins, it will work with Lightroom and Aperture as well.

Inside Topaz Labs BW Effects

  • Selective Brush. For easy dodging, burning and color adjustments.
  • 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.
  • Creative Effect Integration. Features popular characteristics seen in Adjust, Simplify and Lens Effects.
  • Curve tool. Includes a curve tool for powerful and flexible adjustments to image tones, contrast and brightness.

I thought it would be fun to do a quick video walkthrough of the new plugin so you can see the simplicity.  I hope it helps for you to make a decision to purchase or not.

Topaz Labs BW Effects in 4 Minutes

Topaz Labs BW Effects vs Nik Silver Efex Pro

I can make this real easy for you.  If you want simple, then go for Topaz Labs BW Effects.  However, if you want the the most extreme control over your Black & White conversion, then I recommend Silver Efex Pro.  Either way you can’t go wrong.

Sunflower Converted in Topaz Labs BW Effects
Sunflower Converted in Topaz Labs BW Effects

Topaz Labs BW Effects Discount Code

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. This could be just what I’m looking for/need. Currently I’m just using Picasa 3 for converting to B&W, some people say my B&W photos look flat (e.g.

    I’ll check it out; thanks.

    1. It’s very affordable and will give you a lot more flexibility than Picasa for sure.

  2. Picasa is fantastic, for the price! I have Lightroom, but I still use Picasa for ordering prints through Walgreens for my wife’s scrapbooking.

    The color filters in Picasa give you a certain measure of control, but this is a HUGE improvement to what you have in Picasa.

    I’m tempted by it, especially since it is on sale for only $29.99 until September 18, 2011

    The only thing holding me back is that Lightroom 3, which I already have, is quite capable in terms of black and white conversion. There’s a lot you can do with just Lightroom. In addition, I’ve had Silver Efex Pro on my wish list for a long time, and I’m thinking I’ll probably just put my money toward that.

    On the other hand, this new Topaz product is pretty cool and very inexpensive in comparison.

    Keep in mind that this is not a fully standalone program. You will need something like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, iPhoto, Lightroom, or Aperture in order to use it.

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