It’s day 8 and I’m still having fun learning and experimenting with the simplify program. As I shoot all of my images in RAW I first convert them in Lightroom then transfer them over to PSE to finish. Topaz is a plug-in that works with Photoshop CS3-CS6 (32-bit and 64-bit), Photoshop Elements 6-11, PaintShop Pro, Photo Impact and Serif Photo Plus; Windows and Mac. It will work with Lightroom but you have to have some additional programs to make it compatible.
When in PSE in order to open Topaz I go up to my filter tab, click on it, and there it is. It then opens the image in another window where the artistic fun begins. The purpose of Simplify is to turn any image into a work of art. These works include styles such as oil paintings, water colors, sketches and cartoon line drawings to name a few. In this case I used one of the effects (one of the most popular ones) called BuzSim to transform this country road image to a soft fall painted one.
The program is very easy to use (the tutorials are good to give you some guidelines before you head off on your own) and one feature that I love about it involves the adjustment sliders. When you hover over any of the sliders it tells you what it does. So if you are like me and still learning the program or if the purpose of the slider slips your mind (we all have days like that) it will tell you what it does. Great! So far one thing I wish it had (maybe it does and I haven’t found it yet) is the ability to further “paint” your images with brush strokes that are more visible like on a real oil painting.
So what do you think of this artistic effect? Would you have done anything differently?
(more effects and images coming as I continue exploring and experimenting with this program)