Topaz Studio 2 Frequently Asked Questions


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What is Topaz Studio 2?

Topaz Studio 2 is an intuitive image effect toolbox built with Topaz Labs’ powerful photo enhancement technology. It can apply a wide range of effects to your images and provides a great degree of freedom in creating new looks for all your images using a layer-based system.

What differences are there between Topaz Studio 2 and Topaz Studio Classic?

Studio 2 is an overhaul of the previous Topaz Studio app, which we're calling Topaz Studio Classic. The key differences are as follows:

  • Pricing change. Instead of paying for each add-on you want to use, Topaz Studio 2 will now be available for a single flat fee of $99.99 that includes all adjustments by default. There will be no free version, except for a 30-day trial.
  • Full non-destructive layer support. Topaz Studio 2 now has a layer-based system – and everything you do is non-destructive. Looks (formerly known as presets) go on their own layers so you can now mix, match, and stack them. 
  • Major UI refresh. Topaz Studio 2 received a major user interface change focused around layers. You can easily drag and drop to rearrange layers, access layer masks, and control blending/opacity. This lends itself to vastly improved usability and workflow.

What are the system requirements for Topaz Studio 2?

You can find a full breakdown of the system requirements needed for Topaz Studio 2 right through this link!

I own a pro adjustment/several pro adjustments for Topaz Studio Classic. Do I get credit towards Topaz Studio 2?

Our upgrade path for Studio 2 is as follows:

  • If you own Studio adjustments with total list price >$99.99, you’ll receive Studio 2 for free.
  • If you own Studio adjustments with total list price <$99.99, you’ll receive store credit for the adjustments you do own.

You can find out your upgrade eligibility through this link!

Will all my current plug-ins work with Topaz Studio 2?

At this time Adjust AI, DeNoise AI, Mask AI and Sharpen AI are compatible with Studio 2 as plugins. Please note, Gigapixel AI and JPEG to RAW AI are currently standalone only. 

Can I transfer my presets from Topaz Studio Classic to Topaz Studio 2?

You can! Simply head to the Help menu at the top of the app and click Migrate Custom TS1 Presets. Your presets will automatically transfer over to Studio 2 and will populate in your Looks!

Will Topaz Studio 2 fully replace Topaz Studio Classic? Can I have both installed on my system?

Topaz Studio 2 is considered a brand new app, so you can have it installed alongside the original Topaz Studio, which will still be available for download and use even after Topaz Studio 2 has launched.

Can I use .tsp files from the Topaz Studio Classic with Topaz Studio 2?

Topaz Studio 2 does not support .tsp files.

Does Topaz Studio 2 work as a plug-in?

Topaz Studio 2 can be used as both a standalone application and as a plugin to external editors like Photoshop and Lightroom. We offer guides on how to use Topaz Studio 2 as a plugin below. 

Please note, ON1, Capture One, Serif Affinity, Corel PaintShop Pro, Skylum Lumiar 3 are not fully supported.

Select your host editor below for step-by-step setup instructions:

How does Topaz Studio 2 fit into my workflow?

For optimal results, we recommend the following:

  • Import your image to your computer, then run it through JPEG to RAW AI (Optional)
  • Pass the image through DeNoise AI to remove noise and ensure the cleanest possible image to work with.
  • Make all your adjustments with Topaz Studio 2.
  • Scale up the final image using Gigapixel AI (Optional)

What Color Profiles are supported by Studio 2? 

Studio 2 supports all major RBG color profiles. It does not support CMYK at this time.

Is there a Free Trial available for Topaz Studio 2?

There is! You can try it for free by going to the Topaz Studio 2 store page and downloading the app. You'll be prompted to start your 30-day trial once you log in after installing.

How do I purchase the download and activate Topaz Studio 2?

To officially own Topaz Studio 2 without any trial restrictions, you simply need to purchase it from the Topaz Labs Web Store and the next time you launch Topaz Studio 2 you will have ownership. You can also select "update product ownership" from the help drop-down menu as well.

Are there any guides on getting started with Topaz Studio 2?

We have a Studio 2 User Guide
There are also tutorials on the Topaz Labs blog, and video tutorials to our Youtube page as well!

What features are going to be added to Topaz Studio 2?

You can find our road map for features and changes to Studio 2 in the article below:
Studio 2 Road Map

You can also keep an eye on our Changelogs when updates release for more information.

What is the Look Collection from Hazel Meredith, and why do I own it?

The Look Collection from Hazel Meredith is automatically included in your Looks panel when you download Topaz Studio 2 during the introductory promotional period that ends on August 9th. You will find her Looks in several categories and are denoted with "MI" at the beginning of the Look name for Meredith Images. This Look Collection is only available if you purchase Studio 2 during the promotional period and will not be offered again once the sale is over.

I'm missing one of my Studio Classic presets, is there a way of adding it to Studio 2?

While we did try to bring over as many of the popular presets into Studio 2 from Studio Classic, there are a few that haven't made the cut. Not to worry! You can still use our layered adjustment system to recreate the old presets you're missing and then save them as custom looks, giving you ready access to them anytime.

Can I transfer presets from one computer to another?

We currently do not support the ability to transfer presets in this manner.

What do I do if I'm Stuck In Trial Mode?

1. Open an Image.

2. (Optional) Go to Community -> Switch Users and log in again. This is only necessary if you have changed your password and the program does not have your new password stored yet.

3. Select Help -> Update Product Ownership


Your license should authenticate and you should be able to exit trial mode. 

If you still cannot exit trial mode please contact tech support and open a ticket with us.

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