Gerbera Daisy Assortment

The very top image (#1) was created using the zoom and twirl filters in Photoshop. I loved the soft lines and the pattern that the filter helped me create. The second image directly below was processed using the Fractalius filter. I also added a border to it. it is best to click on the image to see the larger file. The next image #3 was created with Topaz Impression. I used the Colored Pencil I preset set at 60% opacity. BTW all of the images in this post were created from images captured from the same Gerbera Daisy flower. In addition to creating many different compositions I also used Nik Color Efex to change the color up a bit. I really liked the darker tones that the filter produced.
The fourth image (#4) is SOOC (straight out of camera). The fifth image is one of my favorites, I used Topaz Glow to create the fun look. The last but not least image #6 has Nik Color Efex only applied to it.
Image #7-well, read the tutorial and let me know what you think. Which is your favorite and why.

Image © 2015/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ #2 Fractalius and Nik Color Efex

Image © 2015/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ #3 Topaz Impressions

Image © 2015/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ #4 SOOC (Straight Out of Camera)

Image © 2015/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ #5 Topaz Glow and Nik Color Efex

Image © 2015/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ #6 Nik Color Efex

To give you an example of what you might find inside of “A Guide to Creative Filters & Effects II,” I offer the following free tutorial that has been adapted from the guide.

Image © 2015/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ #7 Final Image

After Photoshop Tweaks and Topaz Impression Renoir II

The very first thing that I did to prepare the base image was to flip it; flipping is covered in my new eBook “A Guide to Creative Filters & Effects II” (CFG) and in “The Art of Flower Photography”. That step is not always necessary but I needed it here because one side of the flower was cut off in the original capture. Next I added a bit of canvas all around with Content Aware Fill (again, directions for this in CFG).
First I created a duplicate layer Ctrl J (Cmd J for Mac). Then, using the Free Transform Tool- Ctrl T (Cmd T for Mac), I rotated the top layer and reduced the opacity. Next I repeated that step. I used a layer mask to reveal parts of the bottom layer-mostly in the center. Then I flattened the image and duplicated it before bringing it into Topaz Impression. There I chose the Renoir II preset. This added some texture and a kind of blotchy look that I liked to the flower and background.

Warp Tool Screen Capture

I finished the image off by accessing the Warp Tool via the Transform Tool by going Edit > Transform > Warp. Once the Warp Tool is engaged a grid is overlaid atop the image as above. I grabbed the grid at the upper right blue dot and pulled it gently up and to the right. Then I did the same at the lower left blue dot. It is best to experiment when working with the Warp Tool until you are happy with the results.

Image © 2015/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ #7 Final Image, again

To learn more about creative filtering check out my newest eBook “A Guide to Creative Filters & Effects II”

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23 Responses

  1. Nancy Bell says:

    Love the warped image – has great character! I can identify with it as it feels like it is rushing off somewhere (: The pinks are gorgeous! p.s. your new guide is great!!

  2. John Haedo says:

    Nothing like a visual representation to illustrate the intent, step by step postprocessing and final result in a tutorial. Perfect, plus it helped me get involved with the guide itself instead of having it sit in a folder after having given it a light initial reading. I now found one of my own images and I’m trying to apply the same techniques. Thanks!

  3. John Haedo says:

    Forgot to mention, viewing the full images is also a big help because it shows the effects of the postprocessing in much greater detail compared with the original image.

  4. Denise, Denise, Denise! You never cease to amaze me with your beautiful creations! I adore them all, but if pressed, I must say that #7’s whimsey speaks to me!

  5. Uris McKay says:

    Thanks for sharing. I love image #4. This peaks my interest in the use of filters.

  6. Susan Dimock says:

    I love #5 with all of the detail. It makes a huge impact. My next fave is # 7 because it is so unique…like it is blowing away in the wind! I’m going to order your new book…can’t wait! You’re creativity has gone through the ceiling, Denise !!!! Inspires me to work on flowers again.

  7. Muriel says:

    All of them are wonderful. Thank you for sharing because your generosity with your creativity continues to inspire so many of us to think out side of the box.

  8. Gretchen says:

    #5, #6 my favorites. They have so much vibrance and light they jump off the page—-well, page.
    Is your new book out yet?

  9. Francis says:

    Most helpful tutorial as always – some exciting images resulting.
    I have found your book 2 so helpful – taking into account newer software

  10. denise says:

    Hi Francis, Thank you and I am glad that you liked it. I appreciate your kind support.

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