“Painting” With My “Brushes and Canvas”
October 13, 2014 § 8 Comments
Recently, Topaz, one of my favorite Photoshop plug-ins introduced a product named “Impressions” which would enable a photographer to upload an image, press a button and turn that image into a “Monet”, “Van Gogh”, “Cezanne”, or any number of other presets. What’s cool about this product, is that you have the ability to combine, mask out or in, or vary in a number of ways the settings so you can pretty much create your own style. Topaz is a great company with wonderful products, and I’m debating whether to add this one to my arsenal. It’s something that a client might want for a particular assignment, but I don’t think it’s something that I would wind up using all the time. Never the less, I was intrigued enough to grab a handful of my existing images and play! What I basically did was use some of the plugins I normally use to add texture and/or grit to an image and do the opposite…smoothing the image by sliding the sliders in the opposite direction. I then thought about brushing out this “new technique” in some areas so I would have a combination of smooth, gritty or something in-between. As usual, I’m posting the before images, so you can see where I started, and where I ended up. As always, feel free to ask any questions.
Hope you enjoyed this. Excuse me now while I try to find my beret and monocle!