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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Trio

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)