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!
There are still a few blooms on the bushes but they are getting pretty spotted from the recent rain and colder weather. I decided to spruce this one up by processing with two layers of Topaz Simplify buz sim and one layer of Topaz Simplify cartoon adjusted. I adjusted levels first and did some extensive cloning. Processed in Photoshop Elements 6 and framed with a sampled color and a faux finish brush. Happy Veteran’s Day.
I was playing around with this photo and the Blur/Smart Blur filter. The original was cropped and levels adjusted. Then I ran it through Blur/Smart Blur and used settings of Radius – 3 and Threshold – 25. The other settings were Quality – High and Mode – Overlay Edge. The result was dodged and burned and a gold brush overlay was used to warm up the center of the flower. Hope you like it. Processed as usual in Photoshop Elements.
Took this a few weeks ago. These two live oak trees are in the Sierra foothills. I adjusted levels and ran the photo through Topaz Simplify Buz Sim. I had been working on a custom texture and used it as an Overlay on this photo. Using a photo I had of concrete, I added warm/cool colors with the drippy water brush that is in Wet Media. As you can see I like painting effects! I did do some burning on this one before framing and finishing. Hope you like it.