Blue Iris Watercolor

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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!

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Self Portrait

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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!