Poetry in motion …very pretty.
Nice style and effects with your edits.
Nice. Reminds me of a curly smoke picture.
Both are beautiful, very nice processing!
Very creative and beautiful…I would love to know how you post processed them.
I used many presets in Topaz Studio, some mine some shared. I am not sure I would be able to reproduce these if I tried - I tend to go where the editing takes me :). However my usual process begins with removing the background by use of a colour adjustment layer. I then look in my presents to see what works with the image - where I want a painterly result, a sketchy one or something else - often I also look scroll through the preset in the conceptual category of presets in studio. Very ofter I will apply several and tweak them as I go. To finish these I used a preset I shared with the community called "curls and swirls). The bottom image also used ‘acid glow’ preset and I think I applied the “curls and swirls” preset a second time and blended with a multiply mode. I have a YouTube channel (Sharon Co) that show some videos of some images I have created.
Hi Sharon, do you have a video on using a color adjustment to remove the bkgd? If not can you explain it?
I’m wondering why you use a color adjustment layer to remove the bkgd. Thanks, john
Most of the videos on my YouTube channel involve the removal of background using this method. I know the Iris one and the kingfisher ones do.
open a color overlay adjustment
increase opacity to 100%
open the mask for the layer
invert the mask (so it is black and I can see the original image)
using the brush tool, set to white, I mask out the background leaving the white background (or whatever colour you want the background) , and I can bring back bits that I want to get the mask as I want it
NOTE: I ften also use the “copy mask” feature for this color layer adjustment later on in my processing.
Have no idea really. Just a way that I feel a little in control of my masking.
Thank you Sharon for your thoughtful and detailed explanation of your worksflow. I will definitely look up your YouTube channel. I am certain I will learn much and perhaps be inspired/ignited to experiment with the processes you describe. Many thanks once again.
THANK YOU Sharon!! This walk through is very helpful as a begin to wrap my head around Topaz Studio. Three questions:
- Presume you keep the blending mode at Normal…or do play with this as well?
- You mentioned in your earlier reply to me the “curls and swirls” preset. Where might I find that?
- I don’t have the steadiest of hands; so, brushing a mask, if the image is very detailed, I can find frustrating. Any thoughts or videos that I might be able to watch that could “teach” me good brush masking techniques?
Thanks Sharon for the info.
For brushing out the background the mode stays at normal … in the second image the second time I applied the “curls and swirls” preset I set the blending mode to lighten (I think)
You can do a search in left side panel … just type in “curl” and it should come up
not really … fortunately Studio does have edge aware in its masking so that helps … the good thing about masking is it is easy to recover anything you mask away that you didn’t want to. Topaz does have Remask which is specifically designed to mask … you might like to have a look at some of the videos that Topaz has put out showing the use of this program. eg. http://blog.topazlabs.com/webinar/top-6-tools-in-topaz-remask/
I might have to have a look at some of the webinars again - they are quite inspiring.
Thanks once again Sharon for responding so clearly to my questions. I will find curls. I will have to watch some more tutorials on Re-Mask…I did not quite get it the first few times.