Filter Forge Watercolor Filter

I’ve been meaning to give Filter Forge a try for some time and finally made time today. I specifically wanted to try it for this watercolor filter.

Here is the image I used in yesterday’s tutorial on creating a photo illustration. This is the Château de Chinon in France.

Chateau de Chinon by Leslie Nicole

Today I used the same image, but tried the Paint HDRtist filter by Filter Forge contributor, lipibianc. I tried out a few other watercolor filters as well that look fun and will be worth exploring, but this one is my favorite so far .

Chateau de Chinon by Leslie Nicole

I have to say, I’m really loving it! This was just a first try with the default setting. I’ll have to play around with the settings and explore a bit. This is why I love filters—they change your perspective. I thought I was perfectly content with my processing, but seeing the open shadows and saturated colors on this — not to mention the painterly effect— completely changes my mind about this image. I think even for a more “straight” rendition of this, I’m going to change my processing.

I’ll use this image in Monday’s part 2 of the Photo Illustration tutorial.

Can’t wait to play with Filter Forge some more. I plan on using to create a set of seamless textures as well. I notice they have a special 80% off today. I’d snatch it up if I were you!

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2 Responses to Filter Forge Watercolor Filter

  1. alicia vasquez September 8, 2014 at 12:48 am #

    experiments are such fun! have u considered using genetica- i got it at a discount thru serif (sort of the british equivalent of photoshop) a while ago i think- – and i am learning blake rudis’ zone system, color zone system, contrast checker and tonal grading system and here is barbara sammons” take on a watercolor effect in which she used nik, topaz and (also seen used here for pastel effect- daisy photo processed using it )

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