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Topaz Simplify - what are your impressions?

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Old 01-29-2010, 02:55 PM
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Topaz Simplify - what are your impressions?

Has anyone tried using the line drawing portion of Topaz Labs Simplify in place of Snap Art or LucisArt for sketching? i just watched the tutorial where the turn the photo of red car into line art. The software seems to have an incredible amount of options to customize the style of drawing.

Julie

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Old 01-29-2010, 09:59 PM
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Re: Topaz Simplify - what are your impressions?

I like Topaz Simplify A LOT. From line art (color or BW) to watercolor-like effects (very similar to the defunct BuzzPro plugin), IMO it's exceptionally versatile and yields very pleasing results. One has a lot of control over line characteristics, e.g., thickness, detail, color, etc. Simplify is among my top 3 favorites along side Impressionist and Akvis Sketch.

I "tried" to like SnapArt sketch effects, but overall none of the SnapArt effects from both ver 1 and 2 float my boat. I don't recall the last time I used it.

I used the original LucisArt plugin years ago (rarely), but not for sketching. Ended up selling it. I haven't tried the newest version of LucisArt that came out a couple years ago.

If you're looking for a top of the line sketch effect pluging, you'll find none better than Akvis Sketch IMO.
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:28 AM
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Re: Topaz Simplify - what are your impressions?

Hi
I use simplify for some backgrounds.
You can create a painterly look.
But i never use it with 100 %

Right here
The pictures was done in central park new york (no compositing)
1.jpg

Heres a close up from the stone and background
2.jpg

As you can see, you can create a surreal look what dont looks like the picture was done outdoor.
It looks like a picture in studio.

Not everybody like that look, i love it:-)

lg Calvin
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Old 01-30-2010, 05:25 AM
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Re: Topaz Simplify - what are your impressions?

I ran across this image at flickr the other day made with simplify maybe it will be of some help

the tip sure was

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Originally Posted by DannyRaphael View Post
I like Topaz Simplify A LOT. From line art (color or BW) to watercolor-like effects (very similar to the defunct BuzzPro plugin), IMO it's exceptionally versatile and yields very pleasing results. One has a lot of control over line characteristics, e.g., thickness, detail, color, etc. Simplify is among my top 3 favorites along side Impressionist and Akvis Sketch.

I "tried" to like SnapArt sketch effects, but overall none of the SnapArt effects from both ver 1 and 2 float my boat. I don't recall the last time I used it.

I used the original LucisArt plugin years ago (rarely), but not for sketching. Ended up selling it. I haven't tried the newest version of LucisArt that came out a couple years ago.

If you're looking for a top of the line sketch effect pluging, you'll find none better than Akvis Sketch IMO.
Danny, do you know if the Akvis company gave free or reduced prices for v9 owners to upgrade to v10? I cannot find anything about it on their web site, but saw it mentioned somewhere else.

thanks,
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:07 AM
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Re: Topaz Simplify - what are your impressions?

Love simplify, but found I was doing the same adjustments a lot so made several into my own presets. Saves a lot of fiddling.
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:19 AM
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Re: Topaz Simplify - what are your impressions?

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Danny, do you know if the Akvis company gave free or reduced prices for v9 owners to upgrade to v10? I cannot find anything about it on their web site, but saw it mentioned somewhere else.

thanks,
May I answer this question?

The upgrade from v.9 to v.10.1. is free.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us:
support@akvis.com

Irina
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:22 AM
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Re: Topaz Simplify - what are your impressions?

The true words about SnapArt, DannyRaphael!
And I totally agree that Akvis Sketch is the best. Though I like Topaz too.
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