Over the past few months I have been experimenting with different effects using a combination of Lightroom, Photoshop and various plugins such as Topaz. I think I have ended up with some nice effects, I even went as far as to purchase a roll of canvas to print them on. However, Moab Sumerset Museum Rag looks great as well.
My process starts with getting the photo corrected to the density and crop that I want in Lightroom.
I then take it into either Topaz and work on the various effects there or I work on the In=mage in Photoshop.
This is one of my Back Yard Birds that I thought would look good with the flowing lines created by the GREYCstoration filter Which I found on the Model Mayhem site).
At first I setup my image per the settings suggested by the author, and was not happy. I started pushing them way past their settings. The image just did not look like the samples.
I then figured out that my file size was so large the effect was being reduced, I set a file up for printing at 11x14 300ppi and tried the default settings again.
That did the trick.
One of the locations I had been at while on the GNPA GSMNP tour was the "Troll" bridge at Elkmont.
I loved the location, but the photo looked so busy I did not care for it. So I pulled it back up and ran it through this filter. The first pass was okay, but I decided to go back to the original file in Photoshop and correct some issues.
I did a lot of work on the tree line to get more detail and lighten it up.
The second pass with the filter did a much better job, this one is targeted for a canvas print.
These two photos were processed in Topaz Labs plugin. which can be accessed either directly off the desktop or from Lightroom or Photoshop.