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I literally have hundreds of thousands of bird pictures on my hard drives. As much as I love birds, and I really do, even I have to admit that after a while it is a real challenge to make an image that moves me. When I find myself bored with my existing photos I like to try new ideas. Lately I am enjoying making what I call "photo paintings." I take a photograph and turn it into something that looks like a painting. To do that I rely on Topaz Impressions II. It is a plugin available from Topaz that will give your photos new life.
For this image of an eagle hunting a salmon, I added the Georgia O Keefe preset (there are two - I usually like the O Keefe II the best) and placed that on a layer in Photoshop. Then the real artistry begins. While many folks will be happy just applying the preset as is, I like to tweak things. In this case I changed the opacity of the layer (by creating a mask) over the eagle's head and slightly erasing the effect. I then re-applied the preset at 100% over the water. Then I duplicated that layer and changed the blending mode to MULTIPLY, and reduced its opacity dramatically so that there was just a hint of effect. Then I blended it all together and this is the result.
By the way if you don't use Photoshop you can still do masking directly inside Impressions. There are also lots of blending modes and other advanced tools you can use within the plug-in to take even more control over your images.
Impressions is one of Topaz's most popular products for a reason. Over the coming months I plan to offer some training in how to get the most out of it. Visit the Photoplugins.net Training Page to learn more.