As Google’s Nik Collection no longer works with the latest iOS updates from Apple and there is no sign of the new owners updating the collection for Macs any time soon, I have been experimenting with the filters created by software company Topaz. The Dying Anemone featured above on the left was created using a Topaz Texture Effects Plug-in whilst the Dying Rosebud was created using the Black and White filter effects plug in from Topaz. I increased the Transparency effect on the rose to add some colour back in so as to created a faded colour effect. Both of these Topaz plugins offer a huge range of filters to experiment with. And both of the effects give you the option of masking off some of the original image which I did with the Anemone so as to create a defined texture for the background that is a ‘Grunge’ effect.
I had to opt for the separate Topaz plugins as I currently work on an old Mac Book Pro (2011) but if you have a more up to date Mac Book you can try using Topaz Studio as this allows you to purchase and use a huge range of filters. For more information and access to free- 30 day trials of the filters click on the links embedded here. I will post a more detailed review of the two plugins once I have gotten to know the software more. So do drop by again to see some more results.