Texture Tuesday -Our Choice

I had a pleasant surprise yesterday, I found up an external drive that had been stored in the shed, on it are photographs taken in 2003 while I was in Maine with my friend Jan.  So I just had to do some editing to this covered bridge.

Covered Bridge Maine


L1. Texture Normal Blending 78% opacity

L2. Photograph Colour Dodge 100% opacity

L3. Texture Screen 40 %

Merged layers and used Toned Collection in Topaz Lab Adjust 5 filter.

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Fort Williams Henry for The Creative Exchange

Today, Henk and I were rearranging the shed and I cam across my external hard drive, so I was eager to see what was on it.  My wonderful surprise were photographs taken in Maine 2003, just before I returned to Australia after 20 years in San Diego.  My dear friend Jan and I took this trip to Maine because she had to show me how wonderful a place it was. One highlight was visiting Fort Williams Henry and there it was on my external drive.  My how life has changed since then, so this was a precious surprise.  As the day was overcast I have put the photograph through various filter in Topaz Lab.

Fort Williams Henry Colonial Penaquid


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Photo Art Friday – Surprise

Bonnie has asked to post an image that we were surprised with when we did some editing.  I could say that for almost photograph that I play with. In this edit, I started with a photograph of my fish pond when the fish were feeding, added the great new texture “Gold Room”, nothing much happened so I added a photograph of a scene looking down a narrow street with arches (Shutterstock image), created a sketch in ARKVIS and then played with blending modes.  Also I cut a section out of the texture and laid this on top and added some birds.  Just a little spooky.

Bonnie also gave us an example of what happens when you collaged photographs and passed them through the Filter – Distort – Wave, so I had to try that as well.  I used four photographs from around the house, put them on a black background and “waved”. Saved this image and then put it back onto another black background in different positions and “waved” and finally overlaid with texture “Medieval Magic”.  So here are my results.





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Tutorial Tuesdays – Watercolour Photograph

This weeks challenge is to convert a photograph to a watercolour painting. I initially used the tutorial but found it did not suit, so followed David Cole’s instructions in his book “Complete Digital Painting Techniques” The method I chose makes use of the Pattern Stamp Tool, Topaz Lab Simplify filter BuzSim and the use of a layer that simulates a Granulated Wash.  The first photographs are the original and the results of following the tutorial.

Waitpinga Beach, South Australia



This photograph is of the same scene but painted according to David Cole’s Instructions.

The recipe is as follows:

L1. Copy original and run through Topaz Lab Simplify BuzSim filter, it give a look similar to using the Artistic Filter Cutout. Make a pattern from this image.

L2. Insert a white layer, select a brush I used a dry brush and “paint” into the white layer using the pattern stamp.

L3. Made the simulated “granulated” layer by filling a new layer with a medium grey and applying the Noise filter (Gaussian blur and monochromatic settings). Changed Blending Mode to Soft light and opacity of around 50%.

L4 Merged the layers and applied a High Pass filter then changed Blending Mode to Hard Light at 100%

I gave the tutorial another try on several images but I could not get the look I wanted. this next image is done in a similar style to the recipe above.

Bird House in Nature Reserve Victor Harbour, South Australia


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