Although my computer problems seem to be resolved for the moment, other circumstances mean I am unlikely to be able to get this blog back on track.
I have been playing today with a prototype of a Topaz plugin, currently named 'Impressions'. Not even at the beta testing stage, so plenty of bugs to iron out! It is intended for the creation of art starting from a digital image. As I have absolutely NO real artistic talent it is of great interest to me.
I have worked on three different images so far, and the colour versions are shown in a new gallery on here. The two monochrome versions of this favourite of mine are shown here as well ... they are at least black and white if not new images!
I started with the oil painting preset and after tweaking desaturated the image. I then tweaked a charcoal preset to get this result.
This version started from the sketch preset, vignette added in Photo Effects 8 in OnOne Perfect PhotoSuite 8.5