The garden is filled with blooming irises. I used a watercolor effect on this photo. I watched a video on YouTube by TopazLabs. I usually use a Topaz Simplify preset and then adjust to my liking on a painting effect. This time I used only the sliders to gain the look I wanted. You can watch the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2iD3exhrXw It is very short and easy to follow. The important points were: stick to the simplify sliders, stay away from the details and feature boost sliders and adjust the edge strength. I rather like the result and didn’t dodge or burn this photo. Hope you like it!
Found a super book on creating art with Photoshop Elements. It is called “Digital Expressions” by Susan Tuttle. I bought it on Amazon and did this piece by partially following a tutorial in it. I used branch brushes and some grunge brushes in making this. I also used Topaz ReMask to mask out my face from a photo I took myself. (Super hard to do without using a tripod and timer. Both of which I have but was too lazy to set up!) I used both a soft white brush and a dodging brush to fade the face. Anyway, the book has lots of neat ideas and I hope to use them for future projects. It’s all about inspiration!
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