Topaz Studio Not Ready for M1 Macs in Photoshop

Topaz Studio 2 is useful photo editing software. However, the Topaz Studio 2 Photoshop plugin will not run natively on an M1 Mac. It took me a while to figure this out. I hope Topaz will update the app.

This is what Topaz says on its website:

The current Studio 2 plugin is NOT M1 native. You will need to run Photoshop in Rosetta to use this plugin with M1 native Photoshop. The plugin will not appear until you do so even if it has been installed correctly. You can automatically run Photoshop through Rosetta by going to the “Get Info” section when ctrl + clicking on the Photoshop icon in Applications and selecting the “Run With Rosetta” checkbox.

But I don’t want to run Photoshop with Rosetta. That’s a large part of the reason I bought an M1 Mac.

First Impressions: Apple M1 Max

I recently upgraded my 15 inch 2018 MacBook Pro which has 32 GB of RAM and a 2.6 GHz 6-Core i7 processor. I use the laptop mainly with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I don’t do anything more taxing. I bought a 16 inch MacBook Pro M1 Max with 64 GB of RAM.

I noticed a major speed improvement right away. I have one large Lightroom Catalogue with many collections and smart collections. On the 2018 MacBook Pro, the smart collections have been slow to load. On the new machine they are sometimes instantaneous and sometimes very quick. The difference is dramatic. Editing in Lightroom is quick and responsive. Photoshop handles large files quickly and easily.

The screen is amazing. I see detail I did not see before. Some photos that I thought were in focus now seem slightly out of focus. The dynamic range is wonderful. This is the best screen I have ever seen.The keyboard is very nice. The built in speakers are louder than I expected on a laptop.

It’s early days but so far I love the new M1 Max. Apple really delivered.