Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Birds and the Bees...

are enjoying the spring blossoms as much as I am, so they are starring in my Texture Tuesday challenge: "Show us your dream-like photos, soft, gentle, whispery..."

K.K. textures used: Cora, Sybil, Happy Heart & Grunged-up_2

K.K. textures used: Cora, Happy Heart & Grunged-up_2

K.K. textures used: Providence & Serendipity along with the "dreamy blanket of light tutorial"

Time to get posting over at...


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Early Signs of Spring

Yesterday I had fun capturing the beautiful spring blossoms of the ornamental trees in the area.
I used Kim Klassen's Downton textures to edit them.

edited with the cora and anna textures
edited with the cora and sybil textures
edited with the cora and sybil textures

I also used the Topaz Simplify plug-in to give the photos some richness and a tad bit of a printerly effect, after using the Downton textures.
I'm posting and checking how others used the Downton textures over at...


Sunday, February 10, 2013

In Search of...

a painterly effect. After seeing all the beautiful painterly photos created using iPhone apps, I have been searching for editing programs that work the same way on a PC. I haven't had much luck. I've been playing around with the 30 day free trial of Topaz Simplify 4 plug-in. I like the watercolor effect, but I am still wanting the grunge effect that is achieved with the many apps available for iPhone photos.
I would love to hear if you know of any tutorials, or editing devices you have used to mimic iPhone photo apps. Although I don't own an iPhone, I still go to iArt Chronicles to admire the iPhone artists and their beautiful work.

Here are a few of my simple painterly edits with Topaz Simplify 4...

Golden Hills of Mt. Diablo
Scraggley Coastal Oak on Mt. Diablo
Tree at the Entrance of China Camp on the S.F. Bay Shoreline
My favorite winter tree at Mt. View Cemetery
Coit Tower atop a San Francisco Hill