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Before & After: Textured Poppy With Photoshop Oil Paint And Topaz Filters

Poppy image

I’ve used the Photoshop CS6 Oil Paint filter and a Topaz Labs* Detail filter as described in the previous post, Using The Oil Paint Filter In Adobe Photoshop CS6 to make this poppy image.

Original Image

Original Image Before Edits

The Texture

I’ve used the Transcend texture from Les Textures II for this image. basically, I used Hue / Saturation adjustment levels to shift the red/orange colors towards magenta and then again to push the top part of the texture towards blue/green. I also duplicated the one adjusted towards magenta, set it to a Blend Mode of Normal and used a layer mask to only cover up some of the stem. I then added a few more touches of blue color around the flower.

Transcend texture

Transcend texture / Les Textures II

I’m not going to go into great detail on this image as it’s rather complicated, but I’m going to show you the layer panel to demonstrate that sometimes you have to push and pull your image and textures to get them the way you want. I’ve grouped the different sections of my layers for a more tidy work space. You may not be able to do this with your version of software and it’s not required.

  1. Group 1: Base edits. Getting the image in shape with burn/dodge and making the background more white.
  2. Group 2: Filters. I then applied the Oil Paint filter in Photoshop CS6 and then the Topaz Labs* Detail 2 with the Creative Detail Accent preset. I also did a few more basic adjustments like burn/dodge and levels
  3. Group 3: Texture Work. See the notes from above on the texture work.
Layer Panel

Layer Panel from Photoshop CS6

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8 Responses to Before & After: Textured Poppy With Photoshop Oil Paint And Topaz Filters

  1. Tony Bruguiere June 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing your techniques.

  2. Lyne Nagele June 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this!

  3. Dale Hardin June 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Can’t thank you enough for these fantasic tutorials. The detailed layers pallet info is wonderful to see and explains so much more than trying to interpret text.

    By the way, nice to see that you will be featuring my old friend Robert Jensen in future postings. Can’t wait to see it.

    • Leslie Nicole June 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      Thank you, Dale. Yep – just about finished with Bob’s interview! It’s been a pleasure and honor to get to know him a little better and feature his great work.

  4. Muriel Hastings June 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Dear Leslie,
    I am new to your product, but have found myself buying everything you have created. I have immersed myself in your techniques, reading and rereading Matt’s book on Layers, learning all I can with CS6, et al. But, your processes are so intricate and the results are so astonishing and you have integrated your life in the graphics world so that your products are simply breathtaking. I can only imagine that many have asked you to write a book, or to at least collect all of your hints and techniques into a book. I, for one, would be the first in line to buy your book! Even an eBook would be fabulous. The new eBook app that Mac has produced looks like it would be a perfect fit for your work.

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your art and techniques with the world. I, too, have my “camera, my mac and my garden” and I live on an island in the Pacific Northwest where everything is lush and in bloom (at the moment!). Again, many thanks. –Muriel Hastings, Langley, Washington USA

    • Leslie Nicole June 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      Thank you for that extremely lovely comment. xx I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of one of the island’s in the Pacific Northwest, but I’ve never been to one.

      I do have plans to write a book someday. Now to find the time. 🙂

  5. Jackie Leland June 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Wow!!! This is exactly what I was looking for. How lucky for me to have been to a art show and a wonderful photographer suggested I take a look at your site.

    Now what do I do??? I’d love to give this a try, we live out in the country and our internet is like a snail you sit and wait for it move. I’m going to read here and hopefully I can join in.

    Thanks so much for sharing your talents.

    • Leslie Nicole June 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

      Thank you! Good luck on your internet connection. Do hope you join in.

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