Before And After: Jardin Du Rivau

Before and After: Texture and a filter

I photographed this lovely combination of Aliums and decorative grasses at the Chateau du Rivau, not far from where I live in the Loire Valley, France. It was taken during a garden festival and there were people in the background. I wanted to keep the focus on the alley of aliums so I used a texture to give it a more impressionistic feel and then finished with a Topaz Labs* filter.




I used the Texture, New Day from Les Textures I collection.

New Day texture

Below in the layer panel, you can see that I used a mask to constrain the effects of the texture to the background areas of the photograph. (Remember, black in the layer mask will reveal what’s below the layer.)

Blend Mode: Screen, Opacity: 81%

layer panel

The Layer Panel.


My final edits:

  1. I merged the layers above into a new document.
  2. Retouched some of scraggly looking grass in the front.
  3. Burned and Dodged here and there.
  4. Ran Topaz Labs* Filter, Clean.

Jardin du Rivau

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Feel free to pin the Before & After at the top for photo tut boards or the final image onto your garden / photo boards. © Leslie Nicole


9 Responses to Before And After: Jardin Du Rivau

  1. Trevor May 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Another lovely image. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking through your site and admiring your work. I have taken advantage of your free textures and am having fun transforming some of my floral images.
    Many thanks and once I have some funds available I will be purchasing some of your textures.
    Keep up the good work!

    • Leslie Nicole May 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      Thanks, Trevor! Look for sales to help your budget. I have one coming up this weekend. 🙂

  2. Kathleen Lapergola May 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Hi there,
    Can’t see any of the images but can read your typing. Not sure what is up with that.

    Kathleen Lapergola recently posted..Roses

    • Leslie Nicole May 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

      Hmm. I’m seeing them OK. What system are you using to view them?

    • J August 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      I have the same trouble viewing anything but the typing. But I do find that if I click on the extremely thin line that shows up where the pictures should be, it seems to go to wherever they are located and shows them. Or you can right-click & ask to display in a separate tab or window. I’m still using Windows XP so forced to remain with IE8, which may be the problem.

      • Leslie Nicole August 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

        It probably is an IE8 problem. Explorer, especially outdated versions aren’t very reliable. Sorry, I’m not really sure what to do about that.

    • Marcin December 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      I’m also very pleased with the retslus that I get from the software; however, I’m very disappointed with poor stability of the filters and the poor interaction of the filters with Photoshop Elements (PSE). Topaz crashes on a regular basis and I find that it’s related to available memory i.e. the more photos open concurrently, the more likely a crash will happen. Also, when you fire up a filter and shift over to another application, you cannot regain control of the filter. Peter

  3. Birgit May 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    What Topaz Labs filter have you exactly used, Leslie?

    • Leslie Nicole May 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

      The “Clean” filter. I don’t remember which setting.

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