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Harvesting Orange

Image of Bird of Paradise bloom
Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving in the US with this perfectly colored Bird of Paradise bloom that was growing in my front yard. Used setting from Urban Walk 15 Vintage Street preset in Lightroom. In Photoshop just practiced some of the things I have been learning about the various plug-ins filters. This image used Topaz Studio’s (see sidebar for website link) Impression default with some slider changes including the Painting Progress slider at 0.60 – then painted out most of the effect off the flower. Then the Precision Contrast filter was applied at 0.84 opacity and the Lighting Shadow set way down to give it a very dark background. Back in PS, On1 Photo Raw 2018 (see sidebar for website link) Effects was opened and their Glow Filter Orton Hear a Who preset at 75% opacity and the Noise Reduction filter Shadows preset was applied. A little burning was done on a layer above to emphasize some of the flower lines a little. (See my How to Create a Subtle Dodge and Burn Effect blog.) Some selective sharpening was done with a 50% gray layer and painting was done on the flowers using my SJ Pastel 3 Brush (see my How to Create my Favorite Brush blog). On a layer on top, a Spotlight Effect was created on the flower (see my How to Add a Spot of Light blog). The last step added the text using Naive Deco Sans font. Enjoy the holiday!…..Digital Lady Syd

3 Responses

  1. Dean

    That is a very nice picture. I like it. Great editing as usual.

    Speaking of Topaz plug-ins, I received an email from Topaz today advertising their Black Friday sale. You don’t have to wait until Friday to order. I put the link below. Basically the Topaz Plug-in Collection, normally $499.99 is $249.99. The Topaz Studio GoPro Pack is $113.75. They’re suggesting purchasing both at a 75 percent savings. I’m not sure how that works, but they have a link for it. I saw a note that said “Sale ends 11/28/2017”.

    http://web.topazlabs.com/black-friday-2017?utm_source=Topaz+Updates&utm_campaign=14c1236690-Black_Friday_2017_11212017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5e4dd8652a-14c1236690-91196457&goal=0_5e4dd8652a-14c1236690-91196457&mc_cid=14c1236690&mc_eid=2756465bcf

    11/22/2017 at 1:39 am

    • admin

      Thanks for the comment Dean. Topaz is running a pretty nice sale – not sure on the specifics. If you do not own any Topaz products, that is a great deal. Most of use have been buying them over the last several years so it gets a little confusing on how much it is when you have free upgrades. Normally they will give customers some credit for plug-ins you already own.

      11/26/2017 at 12:25 pm

      • Dean

        Thank you Admin for the thoughts. I do not have any Topaz plug-ins. The 1/2 off sale would be a great purchase for me if I had the money to do so. I will probably buy a few over the course of time. I just need to determine which plug-in would be the best one to start with and which one after that, etc..

        I am wondering if this site would get credit if I ordered the Topaz plug-ins through one of the Topaz links on the right. I’m guessing that the 1/2 off price sale, which expires after the 28th, could not be ordered through one of the Topaz side bar links. Regardless, when I get my first Topaz plug-in I’ll come back here and order through one of those links.

        Thanks again, Dean

        11/28/2017 at 3:14 am