I woke up this morning with a need for purple. I love the color purple so I went digging through my files and found this Clematis that I photographed while on my Schreiner’s Iris Garden workshop last spring.

To create the look, I brought my image into Photoshop. Added a slight zoom blur to the outside petals to soften them up a bit. Then I used the Pinch filter to reduce the size of the center. Next I added a texture to the image and blended it a little. The texture added some more blue and softened the background a bit. I also added some Gaussian blur selectively to the flower. Final tweaks included adjusting the exposure and sharpening.

I included my original base image so that you could see the full transformation. I hope you like it and I hope that I inspired you to go through your files and transform one of your own images.
For more help with creative effects, check out my eBook “A Guide to Creative Filters & Effects II” carefully edited by Carol Carson.

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Original, base image, slightly underexposed and blah.

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7 Responses

  1. Lynn Ellwein says:

    Lovely…may you be blessed with a joyful Christmas and a healthy and happy 2018…love you.

    Thank you Lynn, Happiest of Holidays to you and Gary, many, many, hugs!!

  2. Pam Corckran says:

    I was looking at my image of this clematis this morning. I will try your creative adjustments on it. I love what you did!! Have a wonderful holiday season. Love, Pam

    Hi Pam, yes, I bet you have one just like it , Have a wonderful holiday season all the best to Cork.
    hugs, denise

  3. Catherine Costolo says:

    Denise, thanks for the inspiration today. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

    Hi Catherine, A very joyous Christmas to you and Nico!
    hugs, denise

  4. Lesliediana says:

    So regal looking. May you, your favorite little guys and family have a wonderful holiday.

    Thank you Lesliediana, much appreciated. Happiest of Holidays to you and yours.
    hugs, denise

  5. Both images are nice to my eyes. But the focus on the final image has definitely been identified! :0)

    Have an excellent Christmas!

    Hi Martin, thank you kindly, just trying to show a different look. Have a wonderful holiday season!

  6. Michael barnes says:

    I like how you reduced the size of the center. Looking forward to information on flowers in 2018.

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