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Old 01-15-2006, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default Topaz JPEG Fixer, etc. (Windows)

Jpeg fixers are designed to remove jpeg blocks. color aberrations, and fringing. Topaz Labs offers a free Jpeg fixer plugin called Topaz DeJPEG (Windows only). I ran some quick tests using my standard torture-test images. DeJPEG is best solution I've found to date, and I've tested quite a few. Not to to mention that it's free. But like many jpeg enhancers, it tends to slightly subdue some of the color. So keep an eye on your photo, and touch up afterward if needed.

I also tested Topaz Vivacity (Windows only). This is not free. It includes several plugins for denoiseing, jpeg enhancement, enlarging, and sharpening. I did not do enough testing to vouch for this set. But I will say that if you are into photo retouch and restoration, it is worth your time to give it a test drive. Also, some of the plugins are up to controlled over-boosting for special effects, such as simplification and edge creation.

You can read about the above, and their other tools here: http://www.topazlabs.com/index.html

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Thanks, Andrew. DeJPEG is about to be tested on a really poor quality jpg file from a client.

   
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Let us know how it works out for you.
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Old 01-16-2006, 09:13 AM   #4
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Downloading as I speak. I have some images that have defied everything I have, including the expensive Grain Surgery, so I'm happy to try out Topaz' freebie. I'll be taking a look at their Vivacity too.

Have we said how much we appreciate you keeping us abreast of these goodies? :-)

   
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Have we said how much we appreciate you keeping us abreast of these goodies? :-)
Actually, I was wondering if there was still interest in this. So I'm glad you mentioned this.
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Old 01-16-2006, 08:10 PM   #6
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YES THERE IS!

Overlooked area and one i am interested in as well

So thanks from as well Andrew.

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Actually, I was wondering if there was still interest in this. So I'm glad you mentioned this.
Oh I am definitely interested. I'm torn with indecision, mind, about which plugins to spend my limited funds on, not to mention which platform to buy for, mac or pc<G>

Topaz' PS plugin might be just the ticket for the Mac, since I have plugins for Windows--currently not the best, but paid for. But I don't have any of their sharpen and de-noise tools for the Mac.

   
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Topaz' PS plugin might be just the ticket for the Mac, since I have plugins for Windows
I didn't see a Mac version from Topaz.
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I didn't see a Mac version from Topaz.
My mistake. I thought I spotted a reference to Macs on one of the pages, but apparently not.

   
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Actually, I was wondering if there was still interest in this. So I'm glad you mentioned this.
Oh, absolutely. I'm looking at any and all "image repair" plugins to see if I can come up with an "essential" set for my toolbox - especially important now that I am going to scan my years' worth of negatives. So all these tips are very helpful!

   
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