Until recently I have never used Topaz Clean.  It is one of those programs that was in the bundle that I really did not see a use for.  It wasn’t because it is not useful, don’t get me wrong.  It is because I was ignorant to what it could do!

I had no idea that Clean could be used to smooth skin.  It is a pretty advanced skin smoothing engine that leaves the detail in the image in tact while making a nice smooth skin tone.  I was very impressed by this!

Topaz Clean also adds some pretty awesome stylized character to your photographs.  If you like cartoon art or oil paint-esque photos, then there is a lot you can do with Topaz Clean.  I like the effects you can achieve with those styles, however sometimes they can be overdone and look kitsch.

Through the end of May you can get Topaz Clean for $14.99 off with Coupon code mayclean  

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In this tutorial, I will show you the basics of Topaz Clean, how it can be used to smooth skin in portraits, and how I use it to add subtle artistic effects to my HDR images.  

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Download the techniques used in this video as Actions.*

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Blake Rudis

f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.


For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.


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