One Four Challenge – Sept Wk3

The One Four Challenge gets harder once you get to Wk3 – after using up the usual tricks, now you have to find something to fill the gap before the final Wk 4 Showstopper!

(If you are new to the Challenge – click here for info)

This week I have spent time learning how to use and slowly getting the hang of ReMask, from Topaz Labs.  While it is a bit fiddly and there is some cleaning up to do, its still MUCH better than having to mask/erase it all by hand in PS. Admittedly picking a fairly challenging image with lots of steam vapour and a messy tree background didn’t lower the difficulty level any.

This is my steam train image selected via ReMask against a JaiJ background. past thru Impression Monet II.  Then edges cleaned up and blended in with soft brushes.

Wanting the same textural feel across the image I put the background thru the same Impression preset and finally added a Foxey Squirrel edge just to frame it up.

Please click on the image above to enjoy the details at a larger viewing size

Thanks to the people who commented about the background being distracting, it was the push I needed to try out ReMask and take a risk with this image and it has been a great learning experience.

Like it?  Don’t Like it?  Tell me ALL ABOUT IT!

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About lensaddiction

Mad keen photographer figuring it out as she goes!
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24 Responses to One Four Challenge – Sept Wk3

  1. lauramacky says:

    I love it!! Topaz Remask is the one I don’t have. I don’t mind masking in PSCC and have got pretty quick at it. This is really so wonderful artistic. Oh and I adore Topaz Impression!

    • lensaddiction says:

      V5 just got released and its sposed to be quite an improvement, it is quite fiddly esp with this kind of image but still easier than masking by hand in PS. Impression is fantastic, I have to stop myself using it everywhere but I really felt it worked excellently here

  2. loisajay says:

    I love it, too! It looks….historic? Realistic? I can almost feel the steam rising from the train. I really like it.

  3. coolquilting says:

    I love the Topaz effect…

  4. Joanne says:

    Looks FABULOUS! 🙂

  5. This is a cool change. Looks like an old oil painting. Bit of red lightens it up. 🙂

  6. green_knight says:

    I love this. I have a very, very soft spot for oil painting filters, anyway. This looks slightly unreal, and it is full of love of trains and steam.
    (I’m very tempted to join in on the one-four challenge; it’s a nice incentive to *do* something with images)

    • lensaddiction says:

      You should join, its fun and really good to challenge your ability to create and diversify – BTW I love your comment “full of love of trains and steam”

  7. svtakeiteasy says:

    Very painterly Stacey, I really like what you’ve done!

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Chris, I really like it too, there is an opportunity to show some work at a small community gallery and I am seriously considering getting this printed to hang in it.

  8. Oh my gosh I love this version – So “artsy” – It’s got a bit of a Steampunk feel to it, which is so popular right now.

    Here is the direct link to my edit:
    http://wishesdreamsandotherthings.blogspot.com/2015/09/one-four-challenge-week-3.html

  9. Nic says:

    I like the oil painting look you have going on here, and the textures around the edge are really cool too.
    I’ve noticed that you really like to add textures and overlays to your images… where do you go to get your textures?

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