Ultimate Guide on Topaz ReStyle – A Gaming Changing Photoshop Plug-in

Ultimate Guide on Topaz ReStyle – A Gaming Changing Photoshop Plug-in

Topaz ReStyle is one of the plug-ins from The Topaz Labs. It is one of the game-changing plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop. Topaz ReStyle is a plug-in to create color style to your photo.

With Topaz ReStyle, you are able to create photos in different styles with just a few clicks. Here’s an example that Topaz ReStyle can do.

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Topaz ReStyle Basic Navigation

When you open up Topaz ReStyle Plug-in in Photoshop, you will get the window as below. There  are different settings for you to navigate.

Topaz ReStyle Navigation

On the left, there are different presets which are grouped into collections. There are hundreds of presets that come with the Topaz ReStyle. You can also build, delete, edit, import and export presets. Moreover, you can add keywords to preset or group them into your own collections so that you can  search them easily.

Preview Setting

The preview window is in the middle. You can easily change the preview by the setting bar above the preview.

On the right, you can find different editing parameters. These parameters will change according to the preset you choose. I will discuss about this on Basic Styling part of this post.

Collections and Presets

Topaz ReStyle comes with 11 collections which contain more than 1000 of presets. Presets are grouped into collections with their mood and feel. For example, if you are styling a sunset photo, you can find a suitable preset in the landscape collection. You can also favourite or snapshoot presets so that you  can get them faster.

  • View PresetsShow Fav Only: Show only your favourite presets. You can fav or un fav preset by clicking the star on the left of the name of a preset.
  • Show Snap Only: Show only your snapshoot. You can snapshoot by clicking the little camera button below presets table. A snapshoot contains all the changes you make on the editing bar on the right.
  • Show History: Show presets you have used recently.
  • Show Similar: Show presets which are similar to your have chosen. Similarity of presets are calculate base on the color style.
  • View in Grid: View the current presets table in grip mode.

Basic Styling

When you have selected a preset, you can see the styling setting on the right. There are three styling options, ReStyle, Basic and Mask.


Basic Setting - ReStyle

  1. Opacity and Blending Mode
    This is same as the blending mode and opacity setting in Photoshop. You can easily change the ReStyle blending mode and the opacity. More example in Advanced Setting session of this post.
  2. Color Style Fine Tune
    Each preset come with five color. You can adjust hue, saturation and luminance of each of these colors. You can adjust from -1.00 to 1.00. The small check box on the top left corner allow you to turn on of off your adjustment.
  3. Texture Fine Tune
    Some preset come with texture on that. You can use this slider to adjust the strength, also from -1.00 to 1.00, of the texture. There is a small check box on the top left corner  too. This check box allow you to turn on or off your fine tune.


  1. Basic Setting - BasicOpacity and Blending Mode
    Same as the one in ReStyle catalogue. More detail in the Advanced Setting session of this post.
  2. Color
    Temperature: Adjust the color temperature of your image. Slide left to add more blue while slide right to add more yellow.
    Tint: Adjust cyan and magenta tint level of the image. Slide left to add more cyan while slide right to add more magenta.
    Saturation: Adjust saturation level of your image. Slide left to reduce saturation and vice versa.
  3. Tone
    Black Level: Adjust the black point of the image. Slide left to make the shadow part darker while slide right to light up the shadow and black area.
    Midtones: Adjust the main exposure of the image. This slider is just like the exposure slider in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom. Slide left to darken the image while slide right to brighten it.
    White Level: Opposite to Black Level Slider, this slider control the white and highlight area of your image. Slide right to make your image contain more white and vice versa.
  4. Detail
    Structure: A slider to control the midtone contrast which may also known as clarity. By adding value to this slider, you will get an image with more detail.
    Sharpness: This slider control the sharpness of your image. Different to Structure Slider, this control bar will increase your sharpness of your overall image but not the  clarity.


Basic Setting - MasksThe masks dialogue gives you the ability to mask away some part of the Topaz ReStyle filter. You can choose to brush a edge aware or color aware brush.

You can also have two brush presets. You can set different strength, size and hardness.

Moreover, you can create feather and select with color range. Gradient filter mask is also available.

However, I’d prefer to do this job in Photoshop layer mask which give you quicker response and more masking option.

Advanced Setting

If you just choose a preset and click OK, you will get a photo with highly colored image which is not good. Therefore, you will need to adjust blending mode and opacity to get a better image. Blending mode and opacity are a more advanced skill.


Opacity is degree of visibility of the setting. You can imagine ReStyle dialogue and Basic dialogue are two different setting layers. When you change the opacity of the ReStyle dialogue, this is not going to affect  the Basic Setting dialogue, and vice versa.

Opacity Example

The image above shows you the comparison between using 0%, 50% and 100% opacity. I  usually work with 20% to 70% opacity, exact value depends on the image.

Blending Mode

Advanced Setting - Blending ModeTopaz ReStyle also provides different blending modes. These blending modes are more the less the same as the Photoshop layer blending modes.

Different blending modes give you different result of the image. Similar to opacity, when you adjust the ReStyle dialogue, it won’t affect the other dialogues.

There is no absolute formula for choosing a blending mode. The best way to get the most suitable blending mode and opacity is to play around with them.

Working Together with Photoshop

If you are using Topaz ReStyle only, it is not easy to create a great style. Therefore, you need to work with Adobe Photoshop. Topaz ReStyle is only a plug-in for Photoshop. Although its nature is a plug-in, it is a great tool for us, photographers and digital artists, to save huge amount of time in creating color style. In this session, I am going to share an example on how I use Topaz ReStyle with Photoshop to get a better result.