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  


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.  


Download the techniques used in this video as Actions.*

*These actions will only work if you own Topaz Clean



Blake Rudis
Creator of f.64 Academy
Most people think I am passionate about Photography, but in reality I am not.


Wait, before you freak out, you are on a photo site, I am addicted to post processing. To be more specific, I am addicted to workflow efficiency and cracking the codes to complex systems. That's what I do here, crack the code to photo post processing and present it in a concise way, for you :)
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