I am a die-hard Adobe Photoshop fan, and anyone that knows me knows that I love anything that makes my photoshopping experience more fun. In the upcoming months, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite tools that I use when editing photos.

I recently discovered a Photoshop plug in called “Topaz Adjust” – and I’ve downloaded the 30 day free trial to see how I like it. So far, so good. While I haven’t done anything quite as spectacular as the examples on their site (you should check them out) I have had a lot of fun playing around with some of my photos.

Remember Myron? Here he is SOOC:

And here he is with one of Topaz’s filters applied (pretty artsy, huh?):

Here’s a lone cow from our farm SOOC shot:

Here he? she? is again, but with some major color boost and Pioneer Woman’s Vignette Action:

Just for fun, I thought I’d try it on some people I know. I started off with my friend’s son, Mavrick. Her husband cut his hair in a mohawk (she said she’s never felt more trailer-trash, and I laughed so hard) because, as her husband put it, he always wanted a mohawk as a kid and his dad would never let him have one and did she really want her sons growing up without the benefit of having experience, just one, what it felt like to sport a mohawk? (My friend SWEARS she’s cutting it soon…it’s growing on me…especially when she spiked it for Church last week.)

Here’s M SOOC(on an old broken down piano at church:

And here’s M looking like he just stepped off the pages of Baby Gap:

And before I show you the last photo…I must say that she is not my favorite. At all. And this photo is not my favorite. At all.

So here’s my baby when she was still a baby…but not my favorite, SOOC:

And here she is with a very soft filter (I am sorry, I didn’t record the name of it) applied – she looks positively ethereal, doesn’t she?

The actual program is moderately priced at only $99 and is downloadable from their site. If you own Photoshop, you should try the download and see if you like it enough to pay for it. I can already tell you, I’m sold.

Which is your favorite? And why?

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7 Comments on Photoshop Fun – Karen Finds a new Plug-in

  1. Kari
    August 26, 2008 at 7:14 am (15 years ago)

    The pictures look fantastic. I really want to learn how to use photoshop – I’m afraid I know nothing about it.

  2. polkaspotfarm
    August 26, 2008 at 8:10 am (15 years ago)

    I have Photoshop, but I’m nearly clueless! Great Pics btw…now to go hunt down the perfect rooster!

  3. Natalie @ I AM (not)
    August 26, 2008 at 12:46 pm (15 years ago)

    Love those! Love the “gap” one. I’ve got to learn that program.

  4. Clemntine
    August 26, 2008 at 4:34 pm (15 years ago)

    Can I just take those photos and tell people they’re MY kids? Thanks. You’re a peach.

  5. Mzzterry
    August 27, 2008 at 9:36 am (15 years ago)

    Love these. I think my fav is your lil angel, she looks like she is made of silk! Beautiful. But I love the truck too, it is just too cool looking! I think I might just be in love with Myron!

    My daughter has photoshop & never uses it! Gotta show her these. Thanks.

  6. Robin ~ PENSIEVE
    August 27, 2008 at 8:14 pm (15 years ago)

    How weird is this? I tried to comment on the post below, but your comment box wasn't there! There was a huge blank space, large enough to accommodate, but I couldn't type anything.

    Wanted to tell ya, one day I will sit and LISTEN my heart out, cause now I've missed TWO BTB shows that sound wonderful, and I loved the designs you posted.

    BTW, what channels are you contributing to for B.D.? Are you an editor or contributor? I was going to write YOU to see if you wanted to right for Inspired Bliss (the faith channel), but my WORD, I'm so snowed under I haven't gotten to that.

    And now I'm tired.

    And I think you're a COOL photoshop girl (based on the picchas & their "treatments" above).

    Insomnia bites, but I HAD to come give you a goodnight hug :).


  7. tabitha
    August 27, 2008 at 8:57 pm (15 years ago)

    AAAGGGHHH! I have GIMP and haven’t figured out how to do anything with it. I am coveting Photoshop. I love what you have done with your photos.

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