To create the look above I started by photographing a bunch of tulips on my Lightpad. I arranged them in a random order. I used my ArtoGraph brand Lightpad approximately 8×10 inches. You can buy one on Amazon, just watch because the price fluctuates. Also you could use an old film Light box. They even sell cheaper models at craft stores. The idea is to get some light below the flowers to help create a high-key/translucent effect.
Now for the fun part. I brought the image into Photoshop and duplicated it. Then used the Transform Tool and reduced the opacity of the top layer and rotated it. Next I added a layer mask to do some edge clean up. I repeated the process again, except this time I used the warp tool found inside the Transform Tool and warped the flowers until I liked the composition. I did some more edge clean up with a layer mask.
To finish off the look I added a slight bit of Fractalius (a Windows only Photoshop Plug-in) you could use Topaz Glow and apply the Fur and Feathers II filter instead if you are a MAC user. After I was happy with the effect of the plug-in I added a new layer and filled it with white at 100% opacity. Then with a layer mask I revealed some of the flowers and stems making sure I still had a soft ethereal look. You can increase the color and tonality with some Photoshop tweaks. I wanted it to be completely different than the one below and I loved the soft white look.
To learn more about using the Warp Tool or adding a texture or Topaz Glow to an image check out my eBook A Guide to Creative Filters & Effects II.
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The Art of Photography
Art is an expression, a feeling, a liberation, a vision. It has a heartbeat of its own that lives inside of you. It is something that you take everywhere you go. I am not talking about the education of art or the “I graduated from Art School” claims. I am talking about the soul that cannot rest until its vision is complete. The passion that takes over to pursue a dream or a whim. The beginning with no end in mind, the start of something fresh, an idea, a thought, an impression, a faint notion, an awakening…
denise ippolito 2013