Topaz B&W Effects

Capture the essence of your photos in B&W.

Turn your color photos into exquisite monochrome images that will emotionally move your viewers. Learn more →

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Topaz B&W Effects is a software plug-in that helps you convert color photos into beautiful monochrome images. It uses a unique B&W conversion engine that emphasizes tone and texture in order to help you get B&W images that pop.


  • "The more I use B&W Effects, the more I love it. It gives me the ability to select from hundreds of available presets and then fine-tune them to make each image unique."

    Michael Murphy
  • "I found it really easy to get the black and white look I was looking for. With a few clicks and under 30 seconds, I was done: it was quick, fun, and easy."

    ATMTX
  • "There are areas where Photoshop just doesn't perform as well. If my goal is to end up with a beautiful and creative result that doesn't look too contrived, I turn to Topaz B&W Effects."

    Rachael Towne
  • "Topaz B&W Effects is so intuitive that I'm able to quickly experiment with different looks. Other software lacks both features and ease of use."

    Joe Reardon

Make your images sing in B&W.

The state-of-the-art conversion engine in Topaz B&W Effects helps you get punchy and evocative images unlike anything else. It’s simple to use, and includes everything you need to create an extraordinary B&W image.

A recurring theme in Topaz B&W Effects is that it helps you replicate traditional workflows with a modern twist. For example, traditionally you control tone with color filters, but in B&W Effects you can tweak the specific color and intensity of that filter.

Another example: traditionally you’d have to manually dodge and burn your photos for good contrast. While Topaz B&W Effects still lets you to do this, it also offers a faster way: the Adaptive Exposure feature takes inspiration from modern HDR processing techniques to quickly create incredible tonal contrast and texture detail.

Have you ever converted a B&W image and been surprised at how flat it looks? You'll never have that problem again. Topaz B&W Effects is an end-to-end workflow for B&W photography that will help you consistently create stunning images.

Tonal contrast

Tonal contrast is everything in a B&W image. Instead of simply desaturating your image, Topaz B&W Effects converts color information into beautiful and natural image tones.

Add more visual impact with darker blacks and whiter whites in your photos.

Get natural results taken directly from your original image’s color information.

Built-in Zone System tool to help you get the optimal exposure and tone in every image.

Next, get an authentic film look →

Authentic film look

B&W Effects is designed to let you create any kind of B&W look that you desire. Some of the most beautiful of these have their roots in film photography. Topaz B&W Effects helps you recreate that authentic film feel.

Apply color filters in post-processing to create different moods in your image.

Use authentic film grain styles that were physically scanned from real film.

Finally, use beautiful single-click effects →

Great effects

B&W Effects includes over 200 hand-crafted effects from eight curated collections: Traditional, Toned, Stylized, Cyanotype, Albumen, Platinum, Opalotype, and Van Dyke Brown.

Single-click B&W presets can inspire you and significantly speed up your workflow.

Create your own effects from scratch or customize existing ones, then save them to use later.

Add creative finishing touches to your photos, including artistic styles, vignettes, and borders

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The beauty of B&W photos come from their simplicity, so we believe that your black and white conversion software should also be as simple as possible. Each tool in Topaz B&W Effects focuses on creating better tone or texture. You can't go wrong – no matter what workflow you use, Topaz B&W Effects will help you create powerful and emotional black and whites.

"Most people forget the importance of mid-gray tones. Mid-grays are what gives substance to a B&W image and makes it juicy - they tell the story. I love how Topaz B&W Effects handles the mid-greys in a very subtle and precise way."

"Topaz is hands down my favorite plug-in and I use it daily. It's easy and intuitive, which allows me to tap into my creative juices and make the images I imagined in the field."

"For my post processing I use all Topaz plug-ins, some of which are truly amazing. I especially like the fact that I can start by trying many preset options, which makes it easy to see different options in minutes instead of hours."

125 customer reviews for Topaz B&W Effects

Overall Rating

95%

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  1. 5


    Easy to use

    It is a pluggin very easy to use which provides amazing effects in black and white photos. I recommend it to everyone.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  2. 5


    More Than Simple B&W

    I love the power of black and white photographs. And I love variations on B&W. So it stands to reason I LOVE Topaz B&W Effects. So much more than a simple desaturation program. The styles are endless and the moods that I am able to create are astounding. If you buy no other editing program, buy this one!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  3. 5


    Creative Edge

    I haven’t dug deeply into what this software can do yet. But what I have found so far makes me very glad I purchased it. After adding an effect I can leave the file as is and have a perfectly wonderful B&W photograph that exceeds anything I have done in my many years as a photo artist, film or digital. But then pull the Topaz manipulated image into Photoshop to take it another step further…all I can say is Wow, I am very happy with my purchase of this software.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  4. 5


    Easy to use

    Loads of great, easy to use functions. Some really good effects.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  5. 5


    brilliant programme I have done more black and white than ever
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  6. 5


    I like it very much
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  7. 4


    not used very much so far

    What I have done so far looks good
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  8. 5


    Perfect

    I can always find exactly how I want an image to look after using topaz B&W effects. There are so many option outputs to choose from and I can usually pick one that I never thought of using.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  9. 5


    Easy to use

    Very easy to use plugin – used on Paint Shop Pro.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  10. 5


    CREATIVITY LIMETLESS

    great piece of kit. easy to use but also allows personal touch, highly recommended
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  11. 5


    Topaz B&W

    as ever a delight to use with a huge range of effects to select from. Great fun!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  12. 5


    Love it

    Really nice effects, love taking a color photo and tuning it black and white. Just getting used to all the different effects. If you like they black and white contrast look you will love this.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  13. 5


    Title is excellent

    B&W is most wonderful and easy to use. Just going through all the parts is an adventure. And I am most pleased that you folks have the webinars and video information and training. cheers, jon
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  14. 5


    Easy to use and gives great results

    I did have some problems in tying in this ‘plug in’ to Lightroom but vioa Topaz cusomer hel;p it was sorted very quicky. Their staff are very good.
    I have used this plug in now several times and find the results are excellent. It is still early days but I am very impressed so far.
    I would definately recommend this to anyone who requires excellent Black and white photographs.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  15. 3


    Love playing with B&W Effects

    I really like the instant effects achieved. There are lots of facilities to change and fine tune, but not much info on how to. Feels like I do things more by luck than judgement. I use Elements 12.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  16. 5


    learning the way

    I have not had much time to work with the Topaz black and white yet, I have been out of town and just returned, I did try it out on a couple of photos and liked what I saw, i still have a learning curve to go but will keep at it
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  17. 5


    Helping you find the look

    Aware that I already have a full set of black and white tools built into my photo manager I was unsure about purchasing this product at first, but after trying out the demo version it became a must have.
    They way that Topaz B&W Effects presents you side by side previews, sorted by categories, allows you to quickly discover, then hone in on the look that best suits your photo.
    The speed with which it enables me to make this discovery makes it worth the purchase price. Absolutely thrilled with it, and will not now consider doing a B&W conversion without using it.
    Full marks Topaz Labs.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  18. 5


    Great effects

    Easy to use and a great deal.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  19. 5


    Versatile, dynamic

    After using Lightroom’s b&w presets which turned out well, I then redid the images with Topaz b&w Effects and was super impressed at the depth, clarity and contrasts. These were assignment portraits and the class LOVED them, especially the teacher. Thank you again.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  20. 4


    Very helpful application

    Very helpful application that accelerates and improves the working
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  21. 5


    Very easy to use with spectacular results

    Tried this on a few landscape pictures of winter scenes and the results were excellent. Loved it. Good enough to frame and put on the wall.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  22. 5


    1st class

    Excellent software, well impressed so far
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  23. 3


    One of the better tools for B&W photography

    The choice of presets is good. Their is no good adjustment tool for extracting details rom shadow areas. The masking tools are adequate, but should be improved.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  24. 5


    Powerful yet simple to use.

    So many ways to give your images that unique look either manually or with one of the many pre-sets to choose from within the eight collections.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  25. 5


    Very easy to use

    Great job for this effect!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  26. 5


    Topaz B&W

    I find this product better than a few other products I have used in the past. The blacks are black and the greys have a nice soft tonality, which I prefer to NIK , On One, Photoshop or Lightroom.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  27. 4


    Topaz B&W

    Very nice piece of software with similar effects and outcomes as Topaz adjust except for the nice little tweeks you can apply i.e. picking out a colour.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  28. 4


    Topaz B&W Purchase

    T B W is easy, intuitive, and rewarding. Limited professional usage.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  29. 5


    User friendly interface

    The B & W plugin saves me from having to spend lots of time editing in Adobe PS.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  30. 4


    Nice and Fast

    I’m using Topaz B&W for converting my pics and it goes fast and easyly.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  31. 1


    No

    It wasn’t as good as Niks so I haven’t used it yet which is disappointing.

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  32. 5


    A minute to learn, a lifetime to master

    Top quality app. Very easy to use but it includes a lot of intresting opportunities for the user.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  33. 5


    Another Great product from Topaz

    The Black and White Effects is a must have for anyone making digital images. You can make a simple B-W conversion or go all out with this B-W Effects program (yep, a detailed program within the PS program). Highest recommendation, do get this.
    I use this B-W Effects and/or the Topaz Adjust on every photo I edit.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  34. 2


    not worth it

    So far I’ve found no preset that couldn’t have been easily accomplished in most photo editing software.

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  35. 5


    Easy to Use

    Sync’s well with LR.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  36. 5


    Excellent software easy to use

    The user interface is intuitive and requires very little learning curve. Some of the presets are absolutely spectacular. I plan to incorporate this program into my black and white workflow.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  37. 4


    Easy to use.

    I purchased the B&W, but I keep getting emails asking if I’m happy with the trial and would I like to buy the SW. I hope it doesn’t get turned off, I really like it.
    Easy to use and some really nice effects.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  38. 5


    Easy Monochrome

    A powerful but easy to use plugin that give great results every time.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  39. 4


    A very good B&W tool.

    I have used this software now for 3 weeks and I am very impressed.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  40. 5


    black and white.

    I recommend it to everyone I work with, you should code in a image uploaded to share our results with your software. Absolutely phenomenal and wouldn’t change a thing.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  41. 4


    Very easy to use

    If you like b&w effects and want more then just the standard settings that comes with the regular software that you use, then you would want use Topaz B&W Effects.
    It has many different effects that you can pick and choose from to the desire of the finished look that you’re trying to achieve.
    If you like being creative doing more than just taking a picture and making a picture is more what you are into, then Topaz B&W Effects is what you need.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  42. 4


    BW REVIEW

    Hi,

    I have doing some conversion with TOPAZ BW effects,.If you work digitaly is OK.
    But I still prefer the look of real film when you print on silver gelatin fiber base paper. I have been working with film the last 25 years and since 2005 I start in this digital world. So today I use the digital technology and the traditional also . But digital capture is in the first demand for stock photography. Is what I do shooting for stock industry photo.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  43. 5


    Simply Beautiful

    I purchased the B/W filters for a family photo project with photos dating back to 1920s. These filters brought the photos back to their original glory… And ever better in some cases. I also use them for work “eLearning” projects as well. With these filters, I find B/W images can be far more impactful than distracting color images. Uses are unlimited. I wish I had purchased the Topaz B/W filters sooner.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  44. 4


    Excellent Software

    Having as yet only used Topaz B&W effects foe two shots recently my first impressions are really good. It has a great range of options and presets and I look forward exploring this programme much more in the future.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  45. 4


    Enjoy using the pre sets

    I used the free trial offer and fell in love with the tonal transfer from color to B&W and purchased it. It mimics closely the prints I made in the days of Dektol and Fixer. The program lacked the romance of the darkroom odors. The presets are great. It is taking longer than I hoped to figure out the subtle controls. I also wish the sliders on the control were larger and the slider length longer. It all should get easier over time.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  46. 5


    IT DOEST GET BETTER THEN THIS..........

    Topaz B&W Effects……….truly are a joy to use, I can create my own versions of Ansel Adams.type of photographic treasures………with ease, as with ,all of Topaz photographic effects, they are designed, to be used both, with the pro and weekend shooter in mind, truly wonderful, I highly reccomend Topaz B&W
    to you,……… you will love it!!……….
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  47. 3



    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  48. 5


    Intuitive and Amazing.

    I’m a PaintShop Pro X7 user. This Plug-in is just great. I could, in a minute, give the missing “Punch” on many of my shots.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  49. 4


    Preset’s can save you some time and give you an idea of which effect you would like to use.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  50. 5


    Awesome!

    The software brought my B&W photos to a whole new level. Some people wrote that they can do the same with Lr presets and in an easier way. I believe that there may be some presets that may allow similar effects, I just don’t believe that they can do it as easier as B&W Effects allows us to.
    In any way, B&W Effects is by far a greater value. I will be looking forward to new additions to the software. Thank you Topaz for making my post-processing easier and with awesome results.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  51. 4


    Easy to convert.

    Conversions to B&W is almost point and click. Toning is varied and easy and the effects, such as vignetting are subtle and useful. Good tool to own.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  52. 4


    Was what I was looking for.

    I was unsure if it was what I needed but I ordered the 30 day test and spent the first 2 weeks doing test. I decided it was a great program for the money. In the days of film I did lots of B&W in medium format and I had been wanting to get back to it and this program provided that re-entry ability very well. It has far more features than I needed but provided the essentials of what I use the most and allowed me to store my favorite settings. Would recommend it to any one who needs a entry tool, and the price is ideal.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  53. 5


    Excellent Software

    A very user friendly software for creating B&W and Tonal photos. You can start with either a color or B&W image. Either way the results are fantastic. Interfaces seamlessly with Lightroom.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  54. 5


    Great results

    Pleased with results and ease of use
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  55. 5


    Great program

    I love this program . It takes a lot of guess work out of trying to decide which effect to use .
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  56. 4


    Not So Easy to Use

    I’ve used B&W Effects for a while and I’ve managed to get some pretty good results with it. However, I don’t feel I am getting as much out of it as is possible. For example, I think I understand what the zone views are about but I don’t really know how to use that feature to good effect.

    Some good tutorials on this product would be a welcome addition

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  57. 5


    Pure B&W

    No doubt about it, Topaz B&W is the best in B&W conversion. You just can’t get this kind of results with Photoshop or other programs. There’s not a trace of color cast left behind. And the gradation of various grays is so good and clear, you’ll be stunned. It’s a pure joy to use this amazing software. I am waiting for its next version to see how Topaz topping this one!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  58. 5


    Very comprehensive system

    This is a fantastic product. I have found it to be more comprehensive and intuitive to use than other BW conversion applications. The level of adjustability, plus the number of excellent presets, is second to none. As is the case with all of the Topaz products I have used, this one has quickly become my “go to” for my black and white images.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  59. 5


    Great software!

    Photography has been a fun hobby of mine for 50 years. I have always thought you can not make a bad photo look good. Well you can make a bad
    photo look OK, but you can make good photo look great with Topaz Labs
    software. I used the trial versions of Topaz B&W, Adjust, and Detail. I purchased all three. Great combination of post editing software. My next purchase will be Topaz Denoise. My friends ask me what am I doing that has made my photos really begin to pop, I tell them Topaz Labs. Thanks for such a great set of tools. Larry.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  60. 5


    TOPAZ B&W Effects

    Other brands have become idle … Topaz B&W Effects has become my favourite not only in B&W photo processing but too in colour. An astounding & remarkably easy to use Effects app …
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  61. 5


    Gorgeous, easy BW conversions

    I had NIK SilverEFX and liked it alot, but when I tried Topaz B&W Effects, it was super easy and the presets were even closer to what I liked – and the results were super fast and easy to use. Strongly recommend trying it out for yourself.

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  62. 4


    The world of B&W opens up

    This plug-in provides an amazing array of B&W effects. The ability to pick a pre-set and then tweak it or try out additional filters make this very usable. If only it were quicker to load (five time slower than all my other Topaz pre-sets)………..
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  63. 4


    Easy to Use, Good Value

    Great presets and unique tool give great control.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  64. 4


    Produces as advertised

    I am not a fan of B&W photos. God gave us a color filled world and it does not seem right to force it into B&W, but some times it’s a good idea. This software gives you some good options. So it is worth the discounted price I paid. I did really like the contrasts that it produces.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  65. 5


    Great results

    Unlike a lot of photographers I edit my photos one at a time because I first visualize what I want each photo to look like when I am done. Going through the preview windows is great, I get something close then tweet it into a finished product. And I’m off to the next one!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  66. 5


    No longer in the dark

    With Topaz B&W Effects you can explore the world of photography like an old school photographer. No need for developer and fixer just B&W Effects.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  67. 5


    Nice B&W Effects

    nice B&W Effects easily accessed from the plugins list
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  68. 4


    Simple and straight forward.

    B&W Effects is my 4th Topaz plug-in. It has basically the same feel and user interface that the others do, so it is simple to use with very little learning curve. I felt so limited in my B&W processing until I purchased B&W Effects. The possibilities are endless and I highly recommend this product.

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  69. 5


    Fast and easy

    This software has a lot of presets on the left nicely organized, and a full array of adjustments on the right you can fine tune with. My personal favorite is the flalvescent preset under the Opalotype collection. Selective color is an outstanding, accurate feature. Well worth the price.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  70. 5


    really easy too use

    i never was into b/w but with this program it opened my eyes too a different part of photography, a world without color and it works, im doing b/w almost 50% of the time
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  71. 3


    Did not find it easy

    Not as I expected.

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  72. 5


    EXCELLENT RESULTS

    Easy to access from any other module and plugin suite.
    Very user friendly
    Results are easy to edit to your preference.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  73. 5


    Powerful and easy to use

    As with all Topaz products, very easy to install and use, many preconfigured options making it powerful, giving excellent results.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  74. 5


    Excellent

    Great plug in, love the effect, smooth and crisp.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  75. 3


    Lots of options

    Yes, there are lots of options in the program, but not all of them are useful.
    Also, I find that noise is increased in my images.
    I do expect that my success with the program will improve as I become more familiar with it.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  76. 5


    have used it many times and love it.

    ihave no problems using B&W effects on my high definition monitor. There are a lot of choices of effects and the sliders work well.
    I have already recommended the whole suite to my friends.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  77. 4


    Recommended for all B&W photographers

    This is the first Topaz plugin which I have used. Compared to the other well known alternative the UI seemed somewhat clumsier but after few adjustments it suits better for my tastes. The plugin itself is feature packed and you can easily achieve very dramatic (and weird) looking end results. The adaptive exposure is perhaps its biggest selling point but I also like the quad tone feature. It also allows you to add some nice colour into your black and white picture and some special effects too. However, apart from diffusion, these are not the kind which I would use regularly.

    I have been using the plugin mainly from Photoshop CC. Lightroom use requires addition of free Topaz Fusion Express plugin. I also recommend that you read the manual before using this plugin.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  78. 4


    On a Par with Other B&W Conversion Software for Bargain Price

    I don’t know about the claims for correcting blurry images, since I haven’t seen this feature in Topaz B&W Effects. It does a good job of converting color images to B&W with some interesting features, such as the Platinum presets and Alternative Process toning. I have other B&W popular conversion software and this is on a par with the most popular for its ability to give a good result. The price makes it possible to acquire this software as an adjunct to other programs, so it can be used to “round out” the tools available for Color to B&W conversion. By itself, however, is not a panacea for every situation of conversion. Worth having in most cases.
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  79. 4


    B&W Effects

    This is a little short time to give a full review. The set up was a little troubling for both PS CS5 and Lightroom. once set up it works. pretty well. I have not had a lot of time to experiment with this plug-in. What I have done has worked real well. I plan to snap some shots to push my understanding but it looks learnable and capable to push my limits in B&W effects.
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  80. 5


    Topaz B/W filter

    There a a lot of b/w filters. Several that rate 4 stars, but only one that rates 5 stars and that is the Topaz filter. All of the effects are easily adjustable. Definately my go-to filter.
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  81. 5


    Very Good so far

    Thus far the experience and printed output have been very good. The myriad of options and effects are interesting but not really necessary for my printing; classic and classic with grain are the best!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  82. 5


    Greatest B&W Softward

    Topaz has taken the hours of guess work out of the post processing trial & error.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  83. 3


    Topaz B&W Effects

    Its ok, but Google Nik is much better
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  84. 1


    Unimpressive

    I should have done a free trial.
    Not only was it difficult for me to install, but also, once installed, the results were so unimpressive, I installed it again, just to be sure it was correctly installed.
    Still not worth the price.

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  85. 5


    Simple and Effect B&W Plugin

    The Topaz B&W Effects plug-in provides excellent classic B&W presets as well as extended effects that compress the amount time to create film like B&W in digital. It’s possble to create the same effects without a plugin but the added value of B&W Effects is it provides a much better and faster workflow that make it a real winner.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  86. 5


    Love love it

    The Topaz B&W EFFECTS is the most fun I have had with my photos and is really easy to use. The only difficult part is deciding which look to use! The results are very satisfying and I am receiving great compliments. I am using it with Photoshop Elements 12.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  87. 5


    Love love it

    The Topaz B&W EFFECTS is the most fun I have had with my photos and is real easy to use. The only difficult part is deciding which look to use! The results are very satisfying and I am receiving great compliments.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  88. 5


    I am very pleased to work with Topaz B&W Effects. First, the presentation
    makes the flow of work very easy. Second, the multitude of presets is quite
    amazing and third, with the adjustments, there is no limit to what i can do.
    Simply fantastic.
    Richard Piette
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  89. 4


    Still Learning

    I haven’t had the opportunity to fully explore all that B&W Effects has to offer. What I have used works great, producing excellent results. I will update my review when I get deeper into the program and features, but I can see it promised to have significant potential. I have finally shifted over to B&W exclusively – I’m one of the “fortunate” people to be red / green color blind. Will check in later.
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  90. 5


    Very user friendly

    I have briefly trialled the B&W Effects last night, amazing plug ins!
    Mike
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  91. 3


    No significant advantages, but disadvantages, compared to Lightroom

    I’m an existing user of Topaz Adjust and Detail.

    I’ve downloaded the trial of Topaz B&W Effects and used it with Lightroom and Photoshop. I needed to do the manual workaround to get it to work in Lightroom.

    Like other Topaz products I’ve used, B&W Effects comes with a dazzling array of presets. These serve to give the impression that the tool is powerful and versatile. “You get so much ‘out of the box'””. The array of presets can also be viewed as cluttering the user interface and spoiling the user for choice. Differences between some of the presets are minor, really.

    I use a high-definition monitor on a laptop workstation (2880×1620) and the B&W Effects interface doesn’t behave well. I can’t expand the side panels, and the text on some of the buttons is truncated. For example, on the CANCEL button I can only see ‘ANCE’. I don’t think the interface scales well on high definition monitors.

    But, apart from the installation issues (minor) and interface issues (annoying) the plug-in works OK. Honestly, though, after a bit of playing around in the Lr and Ps versions of the plug-in, I conclude that, for me, the plug-in offers no advantages because I can achieve the same results in Lr (and more easily) using supplied Lr presets or presets and custom adjustments of my own, and I can save ‘copies’ of the variations as Lr virtual copies. If I want to do the same with B&W Effects plug-in, I need to save the TIFF files, which consume space on my hard drive.

    I would not recommend this plug-in to anyone who is a confident and experienced user of Lr adjustment facilities (e.g. split-toning). For beginners, it may seem a fast-path to B&W conversion, though.

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  92. 5


    Topasz B&W Effects

    Ask my father before me has photograph many Oval Racing tracks in the Northeast areas. Myself “John Ace Lane” followed his work the same.We did it all from 4×5 to 35 mm in BW sheet films to rolls 120 and 126 mm. Topaz B&W Effects is as close to the real thing I was exposed too in my father Darkroom.With the today Technology in Digital Photography we can achieve the tones and burn-in or dodge-out area like my father and did back in 50’s and 60’s. Two Thumbs up for this product B&W Effects.

    John Ace Lane
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  93. 2


    Disappointed major lack of info on how to use in LR

    It was much less than I expected, I really was looking for it to correct and tone for contrast. It’s just preset most of which ar in LR already. The amount of info on how to use in LR was terrible. Not as good as other topaz products I have tried.

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  94. 5


    Great range of presets & easy to use

    I’ve only been using this plug-in for a short time and already produced some really nice results from some fairly average colour images. Once I’ve mastered some of it’s finer points I’m certain I’ll get some stunning results. For me this is the best Topaz plug-in I’ve got so far and definitely well worth getting & experimenting with if you like mono images.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  95. 5


    Fun!

    I’m having a fun time playing with the Topaz B&W Effects!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  96. 5


    Great value; easy, gorgeous B&W

    Loving what I’ve seen with friends who use Nik Silver, I tried Topaz as a free trial for 30 days and knew after the first 3 photos I processed that I’d be buying it.

    This product is very easy to use, integrates nicely with LightRoom and provides a nice range of true B&W as well as many other great looking monochromes and specialty finishes. The templates are fantastic but there are some handy fine-tuning tools, too.

    It’s also less than half the price of Nik’s equivalent. Wow. Great bargain, great product. Glad I tried it.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  97. 5


    amazing effects

    I have several Topaz plug-ins, and this is the best! After getting it this past month and taking many shots of our first snow storm, I’ve been able to transform my snow shots into what I consider gorgeous images with Topaz B & W Effects. My photography has reached a new level with the help of this plug-in.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  98. 4


    Early Days

    I am quite new to this plug-in so have not had a chance to try out most of its features. However from what I have seen so far it is going to be a very useful tool. I have been very pleased with the images I have completed so far and it seems relatively easy to produce punchy images with good blacks and whites.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  99. 4


    A Wonderful Tool

    I work primarily in black and white, and B&W Effects helps me streamline my post production editing in ways that Photoshop doesn’t. It’s also more intuitive to use.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  100. 5


    wonderful filters for all kind of pictures.

    There are so much possibilities to give your picture a special B&W touch, so it is really easy to find the rigtht one. I love this.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  101. 4


    Learning

    I have not used the plug-in enough yet to make a very firm judgement. However, so far I have been very pleased with the results that I have obtained. I am looking forward to more intensive use of it and a greater ease with all the manipulations possible.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  102. 5


    Fun to Use

    This program can take some of those dull unexciting photos and turn them in to masterpieces.It really makes your photos come alive.Glad I purchased it.

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  103. 5


    Look Like A Pro!

    This filter adds zip and pizzazz to any b&w photo. I usually stay away from the “tints” and focus on the basic filters. I strived for an old “Hollywood” look and I feel this filter gave it to me. I highly recommend it!
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  104. 5


    Topaz B&W perfect!

    I love this plugin! It offers the black and white photography the tools s/he needs to create those highly dramatic/intense kinds of photos that draw attention (and awards). The local and global controls, the control over graininess. the wide range of filters that enable variations on black and white photos, all of these add to Topaz’s powerful tools for photoshop users.

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  105. 4


    Very easy to Use

    I have really enjoyed using Topaz B&W Effects…. it’s easy and I am not the best when it comes to Photoshop, I use this plug in exclusively when i want my photos inB&W.

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  106. 4


    Won a blue ribbon using the program at the Georgia National Fair!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  107. 5


    Truly beautiful images

    I’ve always had a love of B&W photography and this plug-in allows you to create stunning images. You will not be disappointed. Fantastic!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  108. 4


    Excellent

    Very easy to use for the B&W treatment of photos

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  109. 4


    Stunning Results

    Thinking back to the 1970’s and all those hours spent in the Darkroom using dangerous chemicals to produce quality prints.. It is an absolute joy to use Topaz B&W Effects
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  110. 5


    this program is excellent, I love it, it is easy to use and has a squillion options to really make your monochrome image stand out
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  111. 5


    Superlative

    Possibly the best B & W touch up tool out there and certainly designed with ease of use in mind. Not much of a learning curve, suitable to beginner and Pro alike. Covers the full contrast spectrum while retaining authenticity. Deep darks and true whites and plenty punch with ease. Brilliant tool.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  112. 5


    This filter has improved my Black & White results dramatically. I like seeing the effects of changing the underlying colours so easily. By far my favourite plug in so far.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  113. 5


    Simple.

    Simple and straightforward. The results are more than good.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  114. 5


    Excellent!

    Very easy and enjoyable to use, would recommend to all.
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  115. 5


    it does what I wanted it to.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  116. 5


    The best B&W I've found

    When I started taking photos back in the 60’s, BW films were what was most affordable to shoot, so that was what I used and I paid for college stringing for local newspapers and shooting B&W film. As a consequence, I have a natural affinity for B&W images and have used most of the digital options trying to get the results I wanted. When I discovered Topaz B&W Effects, it was love at first try and I now have it installed on 3 computers. It’s easy to use, the options seem almost endless, it’s very affordable, there are tutorials galore in the Internet, it works with both Adobe and Corel products, and most importantly, the results can be spectacular! If I could only have one plugin on my computer, this would be the one.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  117. 5


    Very easy to use with great results.

    I have been very pleased with the Topaz B&W Effects. The standard presets have a great variety but I have been most pleased with making my own adjustments and then being able to save them as my personal presets. Great stuff!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  118. 5


    Amazing Effects!

    The effects catalog, combined with its flexibility to fine adjust the settings gives an infinity of options for the B&W treatment of photos. Excelent!!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  119. 5


    Excellent

    Really helps pop those black and whites. Easy to use.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  120. 5


    Best Way to Convert to Black & White

    Plenty of flexibility to create your Black & White photos exactly as you want them. Highly recommended.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  121. 4


    Great choice of B and W filters that add style and creativity whilst respecting and enhancing the original image.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  122. 4


    Provides sensitive conversion of color images to Black and White. The range of presets is remarkable and the tools allow further creative adjustments quickly and easily. I use it often with very pleasing results.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  123. 5


    I like!

    I had been a Silver FX user before, which also nice software, but I have to say that Topaz B&W is easier to use, and I like the generous assortment of presets. I use sepia as much as I use b&w (actually probably more), and I haven’t seen as many sepia options with any other program as Topaz offers. Consider me a fan!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  124. 4


    Very understandable software.

    You got full control over various functions. Give it a try for free.
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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  125. 5


    The Best

    !!!
    I would recommend this product to a friend

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