topaz simplify

Get Equipped with the Topaz Labs Simplify Plug-In

Bill Leek of Houston, Texas, has over 33 years’ experience in digital decorating system development and graphic design. He has developed several lines of color imprintable products utilizing inkjet, sublimation, and color laser transfer technologies. In addition, he has extensive working knowledge of color management and product durability testing and has consulted for many of our industry’s leading companies. He may be reached at

By integrating the software you already own with plug-ins like Topaz Labs Simplify, you gain a less dramatic, yet effective way to add extensive capabilities that meet a new market need.

Topaz Simplify makes it easier to create stunning art from your photos. Start by using one of dozens of curated art presets designed in a way that allows you to transform your photographs into simulations of simplified painted, drawn, or carved art. There are hundreds of different styles of art packed into Simplify that provide some great creative opportunities to design art only you can make. Its effects include: watercolors, paintings, cartoons, charcoal drawings, sketched, wood carvings, and more.

With Simplify, you’re not just turning photos into paintings — you’re getting a whole new artistic system.

Each time you process a photo, Topaz Simplify technology analyzes four key areas to get the final optimum result:

  • Edge tracing: Automatically trace the important edge features in your photo, and then modify the tracing if needed (for example, make the lines thicker, ignore weaker lines, etc.).
  • Details: Independently adjust smaller image details to add interesting textures with finer control.
  • Large image features: Create an artistic base for your work by removing unwanted image elements. This is one of Simplify’s most powerful features.
  • Original enhancement: Make the final result look more natural by intelligently merging it with parts of the original photo, which is also enhanced.

Each one of these key areas can be processed completely independently. When combined, they can create a limitless assortment of unique art effects.

—Bill Leek