I'm hitting the road today, so this will be brief. Today's PhotoArt Friday theme is Surprise. I'm not sure that today's image is all that surprising in terms of style, but what surprised me most about this one was what happened when I pulled the image into Topaz Labs BW effects plug-in.
But, this image is not black and white, you say? Surprise! I was surprised, too by how versatile this plug-in actually is and there are plenty of presets that incorporate tones in addition to desaturing the colors as well. The preset I used (with a little tweaking, of course)is called "Hand Tinted Chiffon" and I just love what it did for this hyacinth.
I'd looked at the BW plugin, but didn't know what it could do until I sat in on a a free webinar sponsored by Topaz (they have these all the time). Now, I like it almost as much as Adjust 5. It is really powerful.
If you are on the fence about investing in Topaz, you might enjoy participating in one of their free webinars. In the last one I attended, they gave away TWO Topaz Bundles away. Even if you don't buy Topaz, you will probably still learn a lot about post processing. Being a a relative newbie, it helps to see what effects people can try to achieve and why.
Bonnie's new texture "Vellum" was just perfect for this piece. The look I was going for was something along the lines of
While visiting Deb Duty's blog this week, I came across another intriguing linky party hosted by Leaves in Bloom entitled Color Me Weekly. The challenge is to create a color palette from a photograph.
I used Adobe Kuler to create my palette and special thank you goes out to The Coffee Shop Blog for the colorboard template that I used for this.
And with that, I'm outta here. Will be back as soon as I can.