Now to try and remember what I did on this one… I think the composition and expression was pretty good but it did look a little flat. The option to go black and white was there but that lovely gold tone was too good to lose! So, I took it into Nik Color Efex Pro 4 – extract details filter and then tweaked the levels slightly in Photoshop.
I do like to use the Art History brush to create the “painting look” but it takes ages! So, I took it into Alien Skin Software’s Snap Art 3 (watercolour filter), adjusted the canvas and reduced the brush size. The result was nice enough but I lost a little too much detail for my liking. Next I duplicated the layer and applied a High Pass filter to the image, finally using a mask; I painted only those bits of sharpening in that I wanted. By the way blending mode was to “darken” not my usual “High Light” mode.Now to get this one printed….
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These tools helped me work the magic:
- Adobe Photoshop CS5
- Canon 7D
- Alien Skin Software Snap Art 3
- Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4
- Canon 70-200mm f4 lens