Photo Art with Topaz Simplify

I have fallen greatly behind posting new images. I have quite a few to get to so in the mean time I will share a post I’ve been sitting on for a few months.

A while ago I read an interesting essay on Luminous Landscape.  In short, Michael Reichmann was saying that us photographers should not take ourselves so seriously.  The opening line reads, “Photographers take themselves far too seriously. They are also on the whole uptight about whether or not the world takes what they do as an art form – even after some 150 years. Lighten up folks!”  Two pictures he shares in the essay are pictures converted to appear as paintings.

My first attempt at playing around with a few images did not go so well.  I searched Google for photoshop-related methods.  I played around with the art history brush, the Fitler Gallery, and the Oil Painting filter.  These were somewhat adequate but not quite what I was looking for.  I then found Topaz Simplify and used a trial download as a test run.

I definitely enjoyed transforming the photos of old houses, barns, and buildings into a more ethereal scene with this plug-in.  Most of the time I used the Watercolor Painting and then tweaked the sliders for the desired effect.

Former Grandeur

Wheel, Combine, and House

Shed and Trees

 

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4 thoughts on “Photo Art with Topaz Simplify

  1. Aaron, you probably don’t remember me, Jackie Kennedy, Coach Kennedy’s wife. Calloway County. We are good friends with your mom and dad. I just wanted to tell you how good you are at this. I sure enjoy looking at these pictures. Great job!

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