Happy Valentine’s Day!
A perfect day to do something I love . . . get a little creative & share.
I found some hearts (it is Valentine’s Day after all) in my archives and thought I would try something a little different, so I’m checking out Topaz’s new Glow plug-in.
On first try, it’s a pretty simple and user friendly plug-in. Below is the original (the subject, just one of the many characters you’ll see wandering around the Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia). For the how to: I imported from LR with a crop and white vignette to PS, and then went to play with Topaz Glow. Love that hair…perfect for some Glow, and of course the heart eye-patch. I would love to tell you which Glow I used, but, as usual, I click around so much, trying this one and that one… that by the time I settle on one, I forget what to name it in my layers palate. Added some text and above is my quirky valentine…
Next… what’s this? Lot’s of green . . . no not St. Patty’s Day. But there are some hearts, lots of them, which is why I probably took this in the first place. I just didn’t know, until today, what to do with them.
This photo was a little more involved… First up, isolate the hearts. I masked them out in Topaz Remask 4.
after cleaning up the edges, I decided red would be more appropriate for the occasion. In PS, I used Color Range (which you can find under Select in the menu bar), I selected, well, all the green, added a layers mask, and then a hue & saturation layer and adjusted the sliders until I got the perfect shade of red.
It’s getting there, now for some Glow… ugg, again, forgot to make note of which one, but I think it may be one of the “soft blooms” and then messing with the sliders. Again, just follow your heart when using these plug-ins… …you just never know what you might discover
Glow left the edges a little rough, so using the smudge tool I was able to smooth them out, followed by just a plain white brush to tidy things up a little bit more.
Finally, time to turn this into the Valentine I imagined… a little text, finding the right font, and . . .
Til next time,