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.
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.
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.