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!

Pink Tulip

I love this pastel pink tulip that has surprised me by returning this spring!  Processed in Photoshop Elements 6.  I used the lasso tool to choose just the blossom and ran a pale pink gradient on it to punch it up ever so slightly.   Then I ran a layer of Topaz Simplify cartoon (custom setting) and layered it on top with a Screen blending mode at 35% Opacity.   Some slight burning was done and the outline added.  Have a great day!

Camera settings: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, F/8, 1/400 sec., ISO 100, focal length 100 mm.  No flash.

Peach Blossoms

With this photograph I used several layers and steps to produce the final result.  I adjusted levels, applied Topaz Simplify buz sim, duplicated, changed to b/w (newspaper), used filter/stylize/find edges, set blend mode to linear burn at 70% opacity and burned.  All done in Photoshop Elements 6.  The edge was created using a white stipple brush.

The tree blossoms are almost all done now.  Rain is expected at the end of the week.  Have a good day everyone!

Camera settings: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, F/13,  1/250 sec., ISO 160, focal length 200 mm.  No flash.

Bright Daisies

I was playing around with the processing of this grouping of three yellow marguerites.   This end result was processed in Topaz Simplify twice.  Both times settings were custom set in the cartoon range.  The edge line color was inversed to white.  It was finished with some burning.  All done in Photoshop Elements 6.  Thought it made a bright greeting card kind of look.  Or maybe a poster.   Hope it brightens your day.

Camera settings: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, F/6.3, 1/60 sec., ISO 200, focal length 250 mm.  No flash.