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!

I Feel Lucky Button_markedLocated 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.

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Ron Martinsen is a well-known international photographer and photo editing blogger.  His blog has over 1,000,000 visitors with topics ranging from gear, plugins, and book reviews.  This week Ron allowed us to pick his brain about his photography, post-processing, and how to create a successful photography business and we’re excited to share his knowledge with you.

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Ron’s post-processing using his favorite plug-in Topaz Adjust.

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