Really pushing this textured photograph with filters created the artistic look I wanted.
Here's the photo Straight Out Of Camera.
Below is an example of my first edits. I thought I was done at this point - but there was something bothering me about it. It felt dull.
As I mentioned above, the first round still felt a little dull to me, so on a merged layers copy, I applied two more Topaz Labs* filters. See first image in post for the results. These filters were applied in the *Topaz Labs Studio application via Photoshop.
It's harder to see the differences in these smaller resolution onscreen graphics, but there is a marked difference in the higher resolution version in vibrancy, detail and contrast - and also a more illustrative look.
Just for fun, here's another version using:
Don't be afraid to see how far you can push an image. You can see if you go too far, but it can be hard to see if you don't go far enough. Save your stages so you can check as you go.
Texture Collection: Autumn Rain Texture Collection.
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