This Lilac still life uses a painterly texture, a vintage overlay, and Topaz Labs* filters.
Here is the original photograph straight from Lightroom.
- Canon 5D MKIII
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L (I used 60MM)
- Tripod, Mirror Lockup, cable release
- ISO 125, f/11, .3 seconds
- I need to get a new backdrop so I just taped together some large sheets of paper for the background and table top.
- I first did a little clean up of areas where there were seams and gaps from the paper background using the clone tool and content aware in Photoshop.
- Next, I used the Topaz Labs* Clarity filter to give definition and vibrancy to the flowers overall. (I used the Clarity, Cityscape II at around 40%.)
- Then, I added the Windsong texture from the Tableaux Painterly Texture Collection. This I used with a blend mode of multiply with opacity around 50%.
- Then, I used the Topaz Labs* Impression filter. I'm not sure which I picked. It came up on Impression Workflow and I liked it and just reduced the opacity of the effect to around 25%. I also made another version at around 45% and applied that version selectively to the background using a layer mask.
- Finally, I placed the Overlay from the French Photo Studio Overlay Collection and used a clipping mask to change the color. The overlay was used with the multiply blend mode. (See this tut for changing the color on overlays.)
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