John Kain  

Oriental lily by John Kain

May 2020 - Oriental lily

May 2020 - John Kain


About the Image(s)

Using nothing but Filters in Photoshop, you can create a flame look. I first add the Mezzotint line filter under Pixelate filters; Then add a slight blur. Next create two new layers. On the first new layer go to filter/distort/Twist. Set the twist for either clockwise or counter-clockwise, doesn't matter. Next new layer do the twist the opposite direction. Adjust the opacity's of each layer to obtain the look you want. Then merge the two layers. You can then play with the blending mode of the merged layers to see how it looks over the background layer. I find it easier to just a mask and slowly blend the merged layers to the background layer so it looks like part of the original image is sharp and the rest is blurred and flaming.

13 comments posted

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
Wow ! What a beautiful and CREATIVE image you have here.. Sure like the effect as it seems to fit the subject perfectly.   Posted: 05/10/2020 11:25:28
John Kain
Thank You Mark. It is fun to do creative techniques and finding the perfect image for it.   Posted: 05/10/2020 11:30:12

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
A very warm welcome to our group John. What a splendid image for your first submission. Vibrant colours and textures. Surely a potential medal winner.   Posted: 05/11/2020 06:13:10
John Kain
Thank you very much Ian for the warm welcome and the nice complement.   Posted: 05/11/2020 07:55:51

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Super colours and textures make for a most impressive image.   Posted: 05/11/2020 08:27:12
John Kain
Thank you Mike   Posted: 05/13/2020 07:51:13

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I really like your image and have no suggestions. Many thanks for sharing your procedure which I will have to try.   Posted: 05/13/2020 07:22:20
John Kain
Thank you Jim. Try doing one, would love to see it. There are so many variations that can be done on any subject. As a flower photographer, I find it works best on flowers.   Posted: 05/13/2020 07:53:03

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
Very effective and many thanks for sharing how you did it.
Tried something very similar recently but this is miles better!!   Posted: 05/15/2020 10:40:44
John Kain
Thanks Angela. It does take a lot of practice and I am sure you will end up with something beautiful. The hard part of the effect is picking the right image and blending the layers. Just remember to pick complementary colors and add one color as accent. Here Red and Green are complementary and the yellow is the accent.   Posted: 05/15/2020 11:05:34

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
Thanks for that!!   Posted: 05/15/2020 11:17:16

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Welcome to the group, John. Lovely effect works well - really grabs the attention.   Posted: 05/19/2020 05:17:47
John Kain
Thank you Andrew   Posted: 05/19/2020 08:03:36


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