Topaz Studio 2 Photoshop Plugin Issue
I am experiencing the following issue on my Macbook Pro and my Mac Pro Desktop computer both using the Mojave latest update and Topaz Studio 2 as a plugin.
When I invoke Studio 2 as a Photoshop Plugin and make any adjustment. For example, lower the saturation using the basic adjust to -1 and send it back to Photoshop and zoom into 100% you will see that the image becomes slightly softer and slightly misaligned from the previous state before sending into Studio 2. This makes Studio 2 unusable as a Photoshop plugin. In other words, no matter what alterations you make in Studio 2 when you send it back to Photoshop it will be a softer image and slightly misaligned.
Lightroom and Stand Alone Test:
I made this same test from Lightroom to Studio 2 and noticed no softening or moving of the images position. I also tested it as a stand alone app and had no problems with softening or the image shifting its alignment.
I suspect the problem has to do with the way Studio 2 is rendering the image before it sends it back to Photoshop. I have been using Topaz for over 7 years and have always loved this company but this is hard to take on a new release that is basically useless to me as it stands. I am sure I am not the only one who uses Macs having this problem because I have the same issue on both of my Macs. I have made support tickets about software issues to Topaz lately on other problems I have had with their software and it literally takes weeks if not months for them to get back to me. I am truly disheartened. I hope Topaz fixes this issue soon.
Test Your Computer:
Whether you are using a Mac or a Windows PC and are using Studio 2 as a plugin. Carefully check your image when it comes back into Photoshop. Zoom into 100% and check for image softness and a slight misalignment. A quick test would be to make a duplicate layer in Photoshop and send to Studio 2 and make a very slight adjustment in Studio 2 and send back with that adjustment to Photoshop and Zoom into 100% and see if you see the softening and the slight misalignment.