Photoshop Formula: Portrait Drama with Topaz Adjust

Topaz Adjust is an incredible Photoshop plug-in and a must-have for sports photographers. Want some drama for your photos?

Sometimes when I run the Dramatic filter it shows too much detail and noise. Especially in women it can be unflattering because it shows imperfections in the face. To counter that I like to run a noiseware program before or after I use the adjust. OR I like to run the Topaz Adjust Smooth or Simplify filter first to take away the small imperfections then run something like Dramatic to enhance the big details. It’s really fun to play around with.

The following is the Topaz Adjust Photoshop Formula for this photo:

Tip: Before running each new adjustment, duplicate the layer and run it on the new layer so that you can lower the opacity of each layer to have more playing options.

  1. Run smooth
  2. Run simplify
  3. Run dramatic
  4. Run dramatic again



  • Love their plug-ins! I use TOPAZ Detail and Topaz Denoise the most.

  • Thanks for the tip. I have Topaz Adjust, bu thaven’t played with it a lot.