Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/g, AWPF, GPU-Cr4  

Avian by Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/g, AWPF, GPU-Cr4

August 2019 - Avian

August 2019 - Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/g, AWPF, GPU-Cr4


About the Image(s)

I have been busy backing up old images from 2006 and found this pic taken in a park in Auckland NZ using a Canon 300D shot in jpeg. First I made a rough selection of the sculpture and pasted it into a new file, made a new later and filled with black and flattened the image. A bit of tidying up required around edges of the scupture. Then cropped square.
Now moved into Topaz using glow and the linear light preset, adjusting by reducing opacity. Back in PS more tidying required to erase some whispy lines around the edges finally boosting saturation a touch and adding the inner glow border. I thought the result looked rather bird-like so titled it Avian.

9 comments posted

Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
Yet another creative idea Ian!! Where do you get them from?
I am still struggling to get the desired effects I want from Topaz but am persisting!!   Posted: 08/02/2019 15:38:28
Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Angela, there is so much in Topaz not just the presets themselves but the options available to tweak the settings. Some results come almost by accident others by trial and error. I'm still experimenting and I encourage you to do so and you will soon find a few favourite pre sets to tweak.   Posted: 08/03/2019 02:28:21

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Love this image Ian. You have created an attractive composition from the original sculpture. It certainly gives the impression of flight as per the title. A great tweak!   Posted: 08/03/2019 10:54:12

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
(Group 40)
Ian you have a great structural eye, to see all that potential in what to me is a fairly ugly sculpture! A very inspiring image!   Posted: 08/10/2019 18:06:13
Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Thanks for looking at Group 18 and sharing your comments with us.
Not sure about having a strucural eye! I just find it is all about continual experimentation with the software tools that are available to us. I had several versions before settling on this one.   Posted: 08/11/2019 13:25:00
Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
(Group 40)
You picked the right one. I love it. Your image evokes an emotional response in me that the original does not.   Posted: 08/11/2019 15:28:46

Jennifer Empey   Jennifer Empey
Ian, I like how you have transformed the image.
There's places within the image where the eye can rest, then move on again around the image.
Great technique.   Posted: 08/15/2019 00:16:17

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
(Groups 20 & 64)
As with an excellent image, this holds my interest as my eye keeps exploring the different sharps and wondering what might appear next. Very creative.
I certainly agree that Topaz has inexhaustible possibilities that require exploring and experimenting. The new Topaz Studio 2 should be tried by all.   Posted: 08/16/2019 22:03:30
Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
Thanks Jerry - just downloaded version 2 and will investigate further.
Now to take a peek at your contributions this month.   Posted: 08/17/2019 04:35:46


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