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A composite image using giraffesI am taking some time to learn a few new techniques-hence the expression in the image. I have never really explored the large digital scrapbooking community-they often use some very different ways of approaching an artistic expression. This image represents several of their techniques learned from partially from Tiffany Tilmman-Emanuel in her Mixed Media for Digital Scrapbookers videos from Creative Live. She is an excellent presenter and there are many more new things to try. I hope to be blogging on some of these soon. This was my first attempt at trying out some new techniques and it ended up being 42 layers long.

Resources used in this image are: the giraffe face is my own image, the silhouette giraffes are brushes from TutsPS, left giraffe is from Mr. Vintage Wild Animals set, white bird by Flower & Bird Watercolor by Gringoanne, and green leaves are from Lisa Glantz’s Magical Watercolor Graphics Vol1 Sample; background composed of Free Spirit su Gesso Texture (check out this free download of gesso textures – they are really nice), French Kiss Glorious Grunge Index (not sure it is still available), and Kim Klassen 2170 with Script (not sure it is still available); and the text layer is from Chris Spooner’s Watercolour Text Effect.

Have a great week!……Digital Lady Syd

7 responses

  1. This sounds like lots of fun, Syd!
    Enjoy every moment, and I will surely see you when you return here.

    02/27/2018 at 10:55 am

    • Thanks Lisa – unfortunately Topaz has messed me up and come out with a new plugin so off we go!

      03/01/2018 at 2:17 pm

  2. Dean

    I guess this is as good a place as any to ask a question. I see you always have Topaz ads on the right side of your Tidbits Blog webpage. Can you please tell me Digital Lady Syd, what you would recommend as the top 3 Topaz plug-ins to purchase for the creative photographer?

    Thank you much, Dean

    02/28/2018 at 7:54 am

  3. Hi Dean! Good to hear from you. I had to think about this one before answering since Topaz has so many plug-ins. I will give you what I recommend for my type of artistic and photo manipulation. Many Topaz products are really different and I cannot find anything else like it in other plugins. For artistic expression Topaz Impression is one of these plugins and has no competition right now and the results can be stunning. It is slightly updated in Topaz Studio, and it is nice to have it grouped with the other adjustments so the effects can easily be integrated without using different layers in PS. My second favorite is Topaz ReStyle. You do not hear much about it, but once again, I am not sure any other plugins does what it does. If an image does not look quite right, many times going into ReStyle and changing the color palette just a little will pull the total look together. This one is not connected to Studio yet so it must be used on a stamped layer. Topaz Texture Effects is another fabulous one – can get so many different results and it is now interfaced with Studio. And I still like Lens Effects which has smaller plugins like the Reflector, which is similar to Color Effects Pro, but this is better, and three different types of vignettes. They do have a Motions Lens which I am not sure if it is the same as the Motion Blurs in Studio – they did not upgrade me for this. If you want what I consider the best photo plugins, hands down Clarity with Detail right behind and both are in Studio – and stacked together they are great. That said, similar results can be achieved in OnOne or Audorama. And Studio has this little hidden gem adjustment that is called Color Theme which I am finding to be just wonderful – colors can changed individually in your image just by clicking on a swatch. It is similar to ReStyle -but still quite different. Sorry I could not stick to just three but this is sort of how I look at it. Hope this helped a little. Check out my AI Remix blog on Saturday – it has the potential of being very cutting edge once they get it all implemented.

    03/01/2018 at 2:16 pm

    • Dean

      Thank you greatly Digital Lady Syd. That is some excellent information. I have not purchased any Topaz products so far, but when I do, I want to make sure I’m purchasing the most relevant products for my editing so your answers were very helpful. I read through your post on Topaz Studio. From what I’ve read it sounds like it is a work in progress. Hopefully they’ll have it fully integrated with their other products before long.

      By the way, I see that Topaz makes the following statement on the Studio page: “…Topaz Studio, a simple to use editing platform…”. They also state: “It works as a… host application for your other Topaz plugins.” This implies to me that it works with ALL the Topaz plug-ins. Oh, and don’t forget it’s simple to use.


      03/01/2018 at 8:08 pm

  4. Always good to learn something new or try expand in a new direction, no?! I think you are already showing some good work in using mixed media. Love the message and the expression in this work.

    03/02/2018 at 12:01 pm

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