Hello, I had some questions about the workflow of Photolab 3 and topaz plugins together. I was wondering if anyone had experience with this, as I’ve noticed a few quirks. So what I normally do for example is develop my raw files in photolab, then use the export to application option to export a 16bit .tif to, for instance, topaz sharpen ai. The tif exports and then opens up in topaz sharpen ai. I make my edits and click apply and am sent back to photolab. Finally, I go to export the edited tif to a jpg for consumption.
At this point I have kind of a mess of files. DXO creates the tif to export to application but doesn’t allow me to remove the dxo suffix when exporting to application, so I have a file_DxO.tif. When I make my edits in topaz and return to dxo another tif is created (instead of replacing the first one) so now I also have a file_DxO-TMP.tif. So this “tmp” tif is the one I need to export to jpg that has my edits. Afterwards I’m left with a _dxo.tif that is only 8 bytes in size and for some reason doesn’t get removed as well as a _DxO-tmp.tif and its dop file. So in the end I need to go and remove these 8byte blank tif files and then rename my exported jpg because it has had both DxO and TMP appended to its filename. All of this really slows down the workflow, especially if I’m trying to work in batches.
So I guess my question really is, is this how it’s supposed to work or am I missing something. Is there some way to keep Photolab or Topaz from creating a blank 8byte tif file or to have them automatically update the initial exported tif instead of creating another? Also is there some way to keep dxo from appending _DxO to files that are exported to application? (I don’t see that option, unlike export to disk). Sorry for the wall of text and thanks for any input.