Digital Image to Impression with John Ellingson

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Picture1The image selected by Topaz for this discussion reminded me of the images of the late 15th, early 16th Century German artist, Albrecht Dürer. One of Dürer’s favorite subjects were small animals. His famous Young Hare was done when Dürer was a young adolescent (shown left).

This image could be a photograph, but of course it isn’t. I find inspiration in the great art and artists of the past – particularly the expressionists and impressionists. I am fortunate to live near a city where I can go and see many of the originals. I wonder if Monet was creating his work today if he would be working with oils and canvas or would it be Nikons and Apples?

My goal is also to present the subject as I would if I were presenting it with pigments on paper, canvas or board. I realize that this is an apostasy for the photographic purists. But I will point out that I’m working with digital images, not photographs.

A word about my workflow: I depart from the conventional approach in Photoshop and don’t use their powerful layers tool. I like to make originals each time so I only work in one layer. It is simply a personal choice and I’m not advocating it, just noting it.

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The Power of Topaz and Aurora HDR for Mac Users

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See the power of Topaz Products combined with the HDR processing dynamite of Aurora HDR (currently Mac only). Aurora HDR was co-designed by Topaz user, and popular HDR photographer, Trey Ratcliff.  It vastly simplifies the process of merging, enhancing and exporting high quality HDR images. Combined with Topaz tools like Texture Effects or Impression it really is a workflow to take your images to an entirely new level! Below we’ll give you an example of what a sucessful workflow could look like.

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Make this Puppy Rock with Topaz Texture Effects

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Ready to give your images an entirely new feel? Texture Effects is the program for you. For those of you who love working with textures in photoshop, Texture Effects has the tools you need to rapidly speed up your workflow. For those of you who haven’t used textures with your images before, Texture Effects straightens the learning curve giving you the power to quickly create amazing images, without the headache of traditional texture applications. In this tutorial we’re going to look at how to use Texture Effects to quickly create a High Impact grunge effect.

Learn how to accomplish the following in this tutorial:

  • Applying basic image adjustments to prep your image for textures.
  • Using the Split Tone, Color Overlay and Texture Adjustments to tone and color your image.
  • Using the Dust and Scratches, and grain adjustments to add dirt grit and grunge to your image.
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Accentuating Emotion with Topaz Texture Effects

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Topaz Texture Effects is not only a great way to add textures to your images, it’s also a great way to use those textures to tone your images.  Combined with other adjustments like edge blurs and light leaks, it’s easy to use Texture Effects to create virtually any feel.

Emotion is one of the best things about photography, it’s not just about capturing an image, but it’s also about capturing the passion of that moment. In this tutorial i’ll be using Texture Effects to accentuate the emotion in your images.

Learn how to accomplish the following in this tutorial:

  • Use Textures to give tone to your images.
  • Using the Border Adjustment to texture the edges of your images.
  • Using the light leak adjustment to enhance natural light sources in your image.
  • Saving an effect
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The Art of Selective Masking with ReMask

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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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How to Prepare for Battle with a Photograph (46:01)

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When it comes to photographic post processing, strategy is an absolute must. No one goes to battle without a plan, likewise, no photo should be edited without a strategy in mind. Our featured guest, Blake Rudis, will arm you with the essential strategies to prepare your plan of attack on artistic photo post processing.

Blake is a Photoshop enthusiast with a strong fine art background. From painting in front of the TV with Bob Ross as a child to printmaking and sculpture, he has always had a passion for anything creative. He currently has a thing for HDR photography and you can see more of his images and Photoshop tutorials at EverydayHDR.com.

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How to Add a Splash of Color to a Black and White Image

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After converting a photo to monochrome, a fun and creative way to draw emphasis towards a particular element of the image is to bring back a splash of color in that specific area.

A feature often overlooked in Topaz B&W Effects is the smart brush color tool. Using edge-aware technology, this localized brush allows you to add back in color to your grayscale image.

Follow along to learn how you can use this feature to add a splash of color to your image.

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How to Create a Vintage Matte Look (5:27)

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A washed out effect with crushed blacks and lessened contrast, the matte look was first developed in antique film processes and is popular in today’s digital photography.

opacityWhile you can purchase film packages and actions that have replicated this vintage look, the secret to how this effect is created is all in the curve tool. Follow along to learn how you can easily create your own custom matte look using the curve tool in Topaz B&W Effects.

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