Awards & Engraving

October '16

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58 • A&E OCTOBER 2016 correction. Most importantly, this version accepts the Topaz Simplify 4 plug-in soft- ware without any difficulty. TOPAZ SIMPLIFY 4 Topaz Simplify makes it 10 times easier to create stunning art from your photos. Start by using one of dozens of curated art presets designed in a way that allows you to transform your photographs into excel- lent simulations of simplified painted, drawn or carved art. There are hundreds of different styles of art packed into Simplify 4 that will provide some great creative opportunities for you. Instantly preview a preset from the list of presets on the left side of the Simplify control screen, and then fine-tune them to get the exact look you want. Topaz Simplify gives you a set of tools to create art that only you can make. It allows you to create a wide assortment of effects that include watercolors, oil paintings, cartoons, charcoal drawings, sketches, wood carvings and more. In addition, you can save custom presets you designed and add them to the menu. It's hard to do great work with com- plicated tools. Simplify uses the latest technology to make it as simple as pos- sible to create great art. With Simplify 4, you're not just turning photos into paint- ings—you're getting a whole new artistic system that is years ahead of any other creative method. Each time you process a photo, Topaz Simplify 4 technology analyzes four key areas to get the final optimum result: • Edge tracing: Automatically trace the important edge features in your photo, and then modify the tracing if needed. (For example, make the lines thicker, ignore weaker lines, etc.) • Details: Independently adjust smaller image details to add inter- esting textures with finer control. • Large image features: Create an artistic base for your work by removing unwanted image ele- ments. This is one of Simplify's most powerful features. • Original enhancement: Make the final result look more natural by intelligently merging it with parts of the original photo, which is also enhanced. Each one of these key areas can be pro- cessed completely independently. When combined, they can create an almost lim- itless assortment of unique art effects. The right-hand panel offers the ability to control things like the overall intensity of the Simplify effect, the ability to deter- mine which edges are drawn in harder or removed entirely, and the ability to modify how much overall detail is pulled out from the image. You also have access to some options for basic image adjust- ments to contrast, brightness or satura- IMAGE COURTESY BILL LEEK, INITIAL IMAGE LICENSED FROM ADOBE STOCK A simplified watercolor flower cart.

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