A Sprig Of Lilac

Posted on June 07, 2019 by Leslie Nicole | 1 Comment

Little still life of a sprig of Lilac with textures and Topaz Labs* Impression filter.

Photograph of Lilac by Leslie Nicole with textures by French Kiss Collections.

The Photograph

  • Canon 7D with Canon 60mm Macro lens
  • Natural Light
  • 1/8 second at f/8.0
  • Tripod, cable release, mirror lock-up.

Here's the photo Straight Out Of Camera.

Original photo of Lilac floral before post-processing.

Post-Processing

Topaz Labs Clarity* Flower III setting is pretty much my go-to filter for post-processing flowers!

Textures

This little sprig of Lilac in a vase uses 3 textures.

  1. The crackled texture, Nougat, comes from the Craquelure Texture Collection.
  2. The colored vignetting is from combining 2 Artistique Edge Overlays in 2 different colors, purple and blue with a blend mode of multiply.
  3. I've also used a touch of the texture, Torrent, from the Autumn Rain Texture Collection.
  4. I grouped the textures, added a layer mask to the group and gently brushed some of the texture off the lilac and vase.

Topaz Labs Impression

  • On a merged layer copy, I applied the Impasto II filter in Topaz Labs* Impression.
  • On an additional merged layer of the textured Lilac, I then applied the Oil Painting by Jim LaSala filter. (Note - this is not a copy of the layer that I applied the Impasto filter, but another merged layer of the textured photo - with no filters.)
  • With the Jim LaSala Oil painting layer above the Impasto II layer I used a layer mask on the Jim LaSala layer to reveal parts of the Impasto II layer - mainly to give more of an Impressionistic blurring to certain areas like the vase.
  • I usually write this on the layer, but didn't this time, but both of these Impressions effects were at probably 50%. I rarely use full-strength Impression filters.

Resources

Textures Used:

Nougat from the Craquelure Texture Collection.

2 Edge overlays from the Artistique Edge Overlays.

* Topaz Labs Filters is an affiliate link. I get a small commission from any sales resulting from a click from this site (at no extra cost to you.) I really do love these filters. Nearly all of my own images use one of these filters. Thank you for supporting the site!

Posted in Artistique Edge Overlays, Craquelure Collection, Example, Floral, Textures


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Cheryl Cementina
Cheryl Cementina

June 12, 2019

I really appreciate that you share your production notes. It gives me ideas, helps me identify things that I might not be doing right for the results I want, and most importantly, teaches me about workflow. Thank you!

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