Topaz Impression works as both a standalone editor and plugin. This means that a compatible host editor is not required to use Topaz Impression. Although, you may access it as a plugin via compatible host editors.

System Requirements:

Mac OS X 10.8+

Windows 7+ x64, OpenGL 3.2

Download Instructions:

  • To download Impression, please visit
  • Locate Topaz Impression and click on the appropriate Mac or Windows button beneath that product to start your download.
  • The download you start automatically, however, if prompted, select "Save".
  • The downloaded installer will be located in your Downloads folder or Desktop, most likely, as an .exe (Win) or .dmg (Mac)

The program will then install as a standalone editor to:

Mac: HD/Applications

Win: C:\Program Files\Topaz Labs\Topaz Impression


Plugin Compatibility:

To use Topaz Impression as a plugin, first run the standalone program via the directories listed above.  This is a one-time setup that require to use the software as a plugin.

Impression can then be accessed as a plugin via:

  • Photoshop CS4+
  • Photoshop Creative Cloud
  • Photoshop Elements 6+
  • Paintshop Pro X
  • Lightroom, via external editor
  • Aperture, via external editor
  • Not compatible with PhotoFXLab or Fusion Express

Accessing Impression in PS, PS CC, and PSE:

After launching Impression as a standalone editor, it will become available in your Photoshop Filter menu.

Important: Your image will need to be 8 or 16-bit depth in RGB color mode. You can change this via Image > Mode in Photoshop.


Accessing Impression in Lightroom:


Topaz Impression can be accessed as an external editor in Lightroom by going to Photo > Edit In > Topaz Impression.

Important: For optimal use of Impression, go to Lightroom > Preferences > External Editing and make sure that "TIFF" is selected under File Format. In addition, select 16bits/component for bit depth. For color space, use AdobeRGB(1998) for optimal editing.


Accessing Impression in Corel PaintShop Pro X:

To open Impression as a plugin in PaintShop Pro, go to Effects > Plugin Filters > Topaz Labs > Topaz Impression


Accessing Impression in Aperture:

  1. First, you will need to run Impression as a standalone editor.
  2. Your image will need to be 8-bit or 16-bit and in RGB color mode.
  3. Next go to Aperture > Preferences.
  4. Under Preferences, select Export.
  5. Next to External Photo Editor, press Choose...
  6. Navigate to your Applications folder and select Topaz Impression.
  7. Next to External Editor File Format, make sure that TIFF is selected.
  8. Next to External Editor Color Space, choose ProPhoto for optimal results.
  9. To open Impression, go to back to your home screen and go to Photos > Edit with Topaz Impression

Impression can be accessed as an external editor in Aperture. To start, select and image.  Your image will need to be 8 or 16-bit depth, in RGB color mode.  Go to Photos and select Edit with Topaz Impression.

Accessing Impression in Serif Photo Plus: 

  1. Go to File > Preferences
  2. Select Plug-ins from the list and then click Browse.
  3. Navigate to: C:\Program Files\Topaz Labs\Topaz Impression
  4. Select the Topaz Impression folder and press OK.
  5. Press OK again to return back to your main screen.
  6. Exit out of Serif and then re-open it.
  7. To access Impression, open an image and go to Effects > Plugin Filters > Topaz Labs > Topaz Impression

Entering your License Key

Upon entering Impression, you should be prompted to enter your 30-digit license key. Simply copy & paste this license key into the provided space to activate the program or start your trial.

If you're on a trial, please know that there is no difference between the trial and purchased software versions.  The only difference is the license key used to activate the program.  This means that you do not need to re download the software if you already have the trial installed and have made your purchase.

Important:  You can use your purchased software on two computers at a time. The key will work for both Mac and PC.  Navigate to to download the appropriate software.


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