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A Sprig Of Lilac

A Sprig Of Lilac

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

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.


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


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.


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!

1 Response

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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