Lilac Love

Posted on April 21, 2019 by Leslie Nicole | 2 Comments

This Lilac still life uses a painterly texture, a vintage overlay, and Topaz Labs* filters.

 

Lilac photograph by Leslie Nicole using a texture from the Tableaux collection.

Here is the original photograph straight from Lightroom.

Lilac still life by Leslie Nicole before processing and textures.

Photo Notes

  • 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.

The Post-Processing

  • 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.)

Resources:

Tableaux Painterly Texture Collection

French Photo Studio Vintage 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 Example, Floral, French Overlay, Tableaux Collection


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2 Responses

Digigal
Digigal

May 24, 2019

Your pictures just confirm that you have to start out with a beautiful, well composed photograph to get the lovely results you end up with.
Thanks for your tutorials. Great inspiration

phyllis celmer
phyllis celmer

April 22, 2019

so pretty, yet elegant…..

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