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    Smile Amazing Photoshop Filter

    Fractalius Flower

    What do you do with your "bad" pictures?? If you want to try and redeem them, use Photoshop effects filters!! Turn it into some kind of art.

    Here's a picture I took of a flower out in Colorado. The flower was in the shade but there wasn't any kind of 'pop' to the final image. The original picture had a centered flower and it just needed to have something added. So here are my basic steps in photoshop:

    1) mask out the flower and copy that into a new layer.
    2) use a large Gaussian blur to the original image
    3) Add a layer on top of the background but make sure the top flower is still on top. Paint using dark green. Then adjust the layer opacity to 30-40%
    4) Add a curves layer in between the top layer and the darkened and adjust until only the brighter parts of the leaves are visible. Set opacity to 80-90%
    5) Sharpen the top flower layer
    6) merge all layers together
    7) increase saturation of overall image
    8) apply Fractalius Filter
    9) Sharpen image one last time using unsharp mask.
    10) choose an interesting crop. If it's centered, make the middle of the flower at one of the "camera thirds". Or you can even chop off a good portion of the flower like I did.


    For a more detailed version of how I did this....send me a message!
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    Wow! that is very neat. I love it.
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    Default Real Nice filter

    Hi,

    This is one of the best filters, you may see my photo with same effect Here

    regard,


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    is this the fractalius filter? or its a different one? :-) thanks..
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhingcabrera View Post
    is this the fractalius filter? or its a different one? :-) thanks..
    It sure is the fractalius filter. I can't remember which setting, but on the dropdown, the type was somewhere in the middle.
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    I got a lot of very nice feedback on a fractalius-processed photo I posed here a few weeks ago: Electric Fuzz

    However, I'll caution that it's really easy to go overboard with such filters, especially this one. It took a while playing around with it until the shot looked "cool" rather than "silly".

    Fun plug-in nonetheless and certainly worth getting.

    -Steve

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    Nice. Very interesting. Looks like something a computer would spit out!

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