Experimenting With Topaz Labs Filters
The other day, MargeKatherine played around with some Photoshop Filters on her blog, Inside Out Cafe. I left her comment encouraging her to try Topaz Labs plug-in filters and she said –
. . . get in there and play around and see what fun images you can create! And then show me!!
So I did!
Here’s the original photo:
It’s not bad, but before I started playing, I did some minor cloning, color correction, keystone correction (i.e., where the picture skews because of the perspective), and enhanced the detail. Then I cropped it to get rid of some rust and crummy looking stuff. This is how it looked before I started playing:
Here’s vintage grunge. Not bad, eh?
This one is sunset. What a beautiful warm glow it gives the bricks!
And this is from the black & white module. It’s called Opalotype and I used the “milk effect”. I did do some playing around as I didn’t like the default settings (called presets).
And lastly, since I was playing(!), here is an effect called solarized dreams. I like how the windows glow in it and was pleased with the overall look.
I played with one other photo as well. Here’s the original. It’s very pretty “as is”, but I wanted to de-emphasis the background more, especially the bright pink splotches.
I converted it to black & white, with some color restored and a few other adjustments. It looks very delicate.
Topaz Labs filters are available at www.topazlabs.com. If you take one of their webinars, a coupon is often available for purchasing the filters or the full suite. The webinars are also available on YouTube about a week later.
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I nominate you for the Liebster Award!
Thank you! I appreciate it. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my blog.
Interesting effects, Nancy.
Thanks! I’m not sure I was adventurous enough. I’ll have to do it again soon.
It is amazing what you can do with photos and change the whole sense of it.
That’s an excellent point – thanks!
The sunset effect and the rose were lovely. I never cease to be amazed by all that can be done with photos and online photoshop. lacking computer savvy and time alone on the computer, I will be content with my limited hands on time with old fashioned scrap-booking. :)
I’m not real advanced on doing this (drives my husband nuts too as he is so perfectionistic on it), so I use a lot of the defaults. It’s fun to just experiment and see what happens.
Lovely pictures. I really like the Opalotype “milk effect” one – gives a really beautiful feel to the picture.
I really liked that one too!
I enjoyed this post very much, Nancy. I really hope to get back to playing around with photoshop again someday. I find if I don’t use it regularly I forget how to do things.
Thanks Christine! I should probably do this more and post it. I have the same problem in that I’m not doing it enough to be easily proficient at it and I forget more than I’m remembering.