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!
These little guys gave me a great opportunity to represent “trio”. Pansies are one of the most consistent bloomers here in our California winter. Stock and calendulas are also used here a lot in wintertime. This photo was not cropped. Levels were adjusted first and then Topaz Simplify Watercolor was applied. I always adjust the standard settings on Watercolor to allow for a tad more contrast. This deepens particularly the greens in a floral photo. The eyedropper tool was used again to pick the frame color. In this instance I used Edit/Stroke Selection to create the black outline around the photo. No burning or dodging this time. Have a good week, everyone! (photo adjusted and resubmitted)