I recently stumbled upon a post-processing article in Click magazine that featured Minnesota based photographer Beth Mancuso. Beth’s inspiring conceptual work was featured and I was excited to see that she employs Topaz ReMask in her workflow…I knew then I wanted to share her work with you!
Many of Beth’s images are creative compositions in which she cuts out certain elements in an image and combines them to create a new conceptual image. She said, “I love ReMask so much! It makes cutting things out so much easier and it’s brilliant software. Many times the elements of my images are actually taken from different photos. Using ReMask makes isolating then combining each element quick and precise.”
Check out some of Beth’s creative compositions below. Topaz ReMask was used in each image to cut out elements, which she then combined together to create her final image.
Beth Mancuso is the owner of Manic Mother Photography and is based out of St. Cloud, MN. Her work has been featured on Totally Rad, Shutter Sisters, TML Focus, Clickin Moms, My Modern Met, Bored Panda, Huffington Post, and PetaPixel.
Selective masking can be an important tool in creating original digital art. Black and white photos are very distinctive and can range form the very subtle to the very dramatic, but there are times when a well-placed touch of color can make a photo stand out in the crowd.
I will demonstate just how easy it is to add a a bit of selective color to photos using ReMask 5 . As I discovered the power of ReMask, it has played an invaluable role in my approach to photography. I am not always looking to demonstrate reality in my work and ReMask allows me unlimited creative possibilities. When traveling I am always looking for subjects I can use in the future with ReMask.
I have also used Topaz B&W Effects in this process. When I am looking to convert color to black and white this is simply the best program there is. The host programs I work with are PaintShop Pro and Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud. For this tutorial I will be using PaintShop Pro.
The photo I have chosen to selectively mask was taken at the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington Virginia. It was an honor to see the Marine Corps Graduating Class of Embassy Guards in front of this very famous Memorial.
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Jumpstart Creativity with the “I Feel Lucky” Button
Do you ever just stare at an image and think to yourself “Geez, I don’t even know what I want to do with this”? Topaz Adjust has a great little feature to help you jumpstart the creative process of post-processing. It’s called the “I Feel Lucky” button!
Located next to the APPLY button in the bottom right of your Settings & Parameters window, this die icon button will randomly move the sliders to create a new effect each time you click it. This can be a fun way to see which direction you might want to take your photos in.
Here is an example of a photo I took with my cell phone while leaving class one day. I loved the way the sunlight was streaming down and illuminating some objects while leaving others darkened. It reminded me of good triumphing over evil, in my case the light at the end of the tunnel of a long semester of hard work. Click on the images below to see an enlarged image of the original and the edited version. Then read on to see how I got there.
With the advent of the digital darkroom, the ability to create the impossible has become a more accessible reality to many of us who dreamed of creating impossible images. Much of my inspiration comes from the love of comics, wanting to create those action splash pages. Sadly, my drawing skills shamefully lacked to make it in the comic book industry, so photography coupled with the gaining popularity of cosplay, became the natural extension to create the images I wanted.
Some of My Fantasy Composites
When it comes to creating a conceptual image, I take a very collaborative approach. Working with others helps to hone the concept and identify the technical challenges involved in the process, both on location and in post production.