Join Bren Ryan, English amateur photographer, as she shares her Texture Effects 2 workflow.
One thing I love about Topaz Texture Effects 2 is the versatility of the software. If you can image it, believe me, you can create it. The feature of being able to apply your creations to a masked area of your photograph is something I used while processing this photograph.
My processing technique for this particular was as follows:
From Lightroom I selected my photograph and right clicked on the image this created a dialogue box where I selected Edit In ►Topaz Texture Effects 2.
I added a Basic Adjustment where I decreased the brightness to -0.14, increased the saturation to 0.11 and warmed up the image by increased the Temperature to 0.34.
I wanted these settings to affect certain parts of the image so I enabled the Masking option and created a Luminosity Mask.
My next task was to add a Texture; I wanted something warm so I chose a brown/reddish tint texture. The Brightness was decreased to -0.06 and the Saturation to -0.18. I then increased the Colour Strength to 0.18 and selected a Colour of 0.48
I wanted to apply my texture to certain parts of the image, primarily the sky and water. To achieve this I created a Luminosity mask and changed the Luminosity to 0.17 and the Range to 0.35
I then added another texture to the image, this time selecting a Light Leak Texture as I wanted to brighten the area between the mountains. For the size of the texture I used decreased the value to 0.97 and selected Edge Extension Extend.
I then increased the Brightness to 0.03 and the Contrast to 0.11.
For this texture again I only wanted it to affect the centre of the sky and the some of the water so I added a Luminosity Mask and changed the Luminosity value to 0.21 and the Range to 0.40
I then added a colour overlay and selected a light yellow/cream colour and changed the opacity to 0.30 and used a Soft Light blending mode. Again as I wanted this colour to affect the water and Sky again I used a Luminosity Mask with the Luminosity set to 0.20 and the Range 0.40.
I then added a Vignette to the image to darken the edges. A black colour was used with an Opacity of 0.37 and a blending mode of Multiply. I then moved the vignette to centre by dragging the little dot in the box where I wanted the centre of the vignette to be.
One thing I am a fan of, no matter what software I use, is Split-Toning. I find that split-toning gives an image some Pop. For this particular photograph, I changed the Highlight Saturation to 0.04 and used a Highlight Hue of 0.09. For my Shadows I selected a Saturation of 0.11 and a Hue of 0.15 and then selected a Balance of 0.21. I just wanted to add a slight split-toning effect.
I wanted to add a Light Leak to the photograph in the middle of the mountains as this was where the main sunlight was coming from… So I chose a star burst effect, moved my Light Leak by selecting the Move Tool and dragging it to where I wanted the centre of the Light Leak to be.
I increased the size of the Light Leak to 1.64 and used a Rotation of 0.03, with a Mirror Edge Extension.
Again I only wanted this Light Leak to affect a certain area. So I added a Luminosity Mask and changed the Luminosity Value to 0.18 with a Range of 0.46
In then added another Basic Adjustment where I increased the Brightness to 0.14 and the Highlight value to 0.01
I wanted a Border to my image to give it a more rustic feel so I chose my border and then lowered the detail to -0.62 and increased the Colour Strength to 0.41.
The focus of the image for me was the boats so I added a slight Edge Blur to the image. I increased the Blur to 0.12 and the Transition to 0.18 and lowered the Opacity to 0.32.
By clicking on the Edit Icon I was able to alter the size of my Blur, so I increased the size of the area where I did not want the blur to be.
To the bottom of the image I added a Dust and Scratches Adjustment. To this I made no alterations and used the default settings.
I then added the same Dust and Scratches image; only this time I wanted it to affect the sky. So to achieve that I Flipped my selection vertically, and then I increased the Colour Strength to 0.28 and the Colour to 0.14.
I then lowered the Opacity of the Layer to 0.26
My Final step was to lower the Opacity of the Masking, which I did to 0.97. This took away some of the heaviness of the textures.
I saved my work as a new Preset. Should I wish to alter any of those settings above, I just re-open my original Image in Topaz Texture Effects and apply my created Preset. Should I decide that I don’t want the border or Edge Blur in the next photograph… no problem! I just click on the on the Eye Icon and a line will be put through the Eye Icon, which in turn disables that particular adjustment.
Once I was happy with my work, I then clicked on the OK Button. This saved my image and imported it back into Lightroom. Once my image was imported back into Lightroom I did two final edits. One was to remove a buoy on the left-hand side of the image and the other was to add a small Vignette.
Topas Texture Effects gave me a perfect textured image to work with. It complements Lightroom brilliantly, allowing me to further edit my photograph to a final masterpiece
The versatility of this software never ceases to amaze me… From its wide range of different edits and their different adjustment values to the ease of simply rearranging your workflow for this particular edit. The options available to the user are endless; for instance if you don’t like an adjustment, there is an option to delete that adjustment or you can simply disable it.
The Luminosity Masking is a brilliant tool and in all the images I have processed using this software, there has not been one image that didn’t work with Luminosity Masking.
Originally my Star Burst Light Leak was created before Step Number 3 above… but it seemed to have lost its impact so I just dragged the adjustment to a new position.
For me, Topaz Texture Effects 2 is the software I turn to, should I decide to use textures on my photographs. It is far easier than using Photoshop alone and for me my workflow time has been reduced by half.
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About Bren Ryan
Bren Ryan is a middle aged wife, mother, and amateur photographer living in the South East of England in the United Kingdom. She is also the female half of RyanPhotography; a husband and wife duo who specialise in Landscape, Floral, and Architecture Photography. Photography for Bren is not just a hobby, it is a passion and there is nothing better than processing an image and playing around with image software and taking a photograph to a whole new dimension!