Topaz Bundle opinions

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Laird Knox, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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  2. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    I haven't used Topaz, but messed with one of the plug-ins from this company.

    NIK Software

    The complete bundle for Aperture and Lightroom is around $300. The Ultimate package adds PhotoShop and (I think) PhotoShop Elements for $600 total.

    Adobe will soon stop allowing users to upgrade more that 2 versions, and I have CS3 Design Premium. They won't let you upgrade a single app from a bundle (I only need PhotoShop now), so I'm stuck with these options:

    CS Design Premium 5.5 Upgrade - $950
    PhotoShop CS 5.5 Full - $1000
    Topez/NIK for Aperture 3 - $300

    There are photos in this thread that have been processed into B&W using Topaz Adjust and NIK Silver FX Pro. Read the descriptions either with or just under the photos to see which.

    Dale
     
  3. Laird Knox thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah Adobe has been getting on my nerves lately. (Lately being many years now.)

    I have the CS 4 bundle with basically everything for work but am looking at getting just PS CS 5.5 standalone for personal use (already have Lightroom 3).

    I was looking at Topaz as you can get it for $210 with the code ADJUSTME or for $179 as a student. I was hoping to find out of NIK was better and worth the extra or if they were mostly comparable -- similar to how Aperture and Lightroom are comparable.

    Why on Earth would adding a Photoshop plugin to the package double the price? From what I can see it contains all the same software - do the Photoshop versions do more? I can see a premium but not double. It is still a license for one user.

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    I've been following that thread but didn't notice the processing comments. I'll take another look.

    I'm hoping to head up to Racetrack Playa in Death Valley on Saturday to do some B&W shots to add to the thread. :)
     
  4. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Support for PhotoShop and Elements is the only difference between the two NIK packages. Adobe may place a heavy tax on them in an attempt to keep them off the platform. They compete with a lot of the components in PS. I have been told that Elements with NIK plugins is comparable with PS.

    Dale
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I use Topaz's DeNoise plugin and while I have their other products I mainly stick with that filter. I'm blown away at how good that filter is compared to the competition. I was using noise ninja in the past and the difference between the two is quite remarkable. Topaz seems to continue to update and improve their plugins so I do recommend them.
     

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