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Topaz Plugins

Anyone try them?

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#1 diver dave1

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 08:43 AM

Anyone tried Topaz Lab Plugin's?

Which one's, if any, are worthwhile? 

Is the noise reduction substantially better than LR4?

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:25 PM

I've read it is, but haven't taken the plunge myself.  The new price for all the NIK plugins has me much more curious about them, frankly.



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 03:36 PM

Lightroom had very good NR, but the NIk suite offers a great deal for difficult shots. It works much better with photoshop (edits as layers rather than exported duplicate tiffs), and at te new pricing, its a steal. I use DxO or LR for normal processing, and move to NIK in photoshop for images that go to print, require more complex editing and/or local adjustments. I haven't needed to do much actual masking since getting NIK thanks to the control point system.