Quick and Easy Digital Art

Most people like art of some kind or other – watercolours, oils, abstract, line drawing; the list goes on and on. But not all of us can paint, though I do believe anyone can draw! Often the artistic-side of us gets minimised at school as we get older – the focus is more on “practical” subjects. I think that’s a real shame and stems from a misunderstanding of how important creativity and art is to each of us. Well, thanks to the digital photograph you can tap into your long forgotten arty side! Anyone can be an artist! I use...

Creating Light Magic with Topaz Star Effects

Here is something a little different to finish-out the week- Topaz Star Effects. Star Effects is a Photoshop Elements and Photoshop plugin that lets you add light effects to your photos. Using the Topaz Fusion tool you can also run this plug-in from within iPhoto or Apple Aperture. Like most plug-in effects type tools, Star Effects is best used in a subtle kind of manner; you don’t want to over do the effects. Star Effects works by picking-up highlights with your image and then using them as a basis to create fun effects. A good example of this is candles burning on a...

Topaz Presets – Series 1

Topaz Adjust is an awesome plug-in for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.  It comes with quite a few presets but who wants to use the same ones as everyone else?  Grab these and get some extra “pop” from your images. If you don’t have Topaz Adjust then click here to get a free trial. Remember to use the code “stewartbaird” at the check-out to get 15% off any of their plug-ins. One more thing – you don’t have to own Photoshop to use these!  Check-out  the Topaz Labs web site on how you can use their stand-alone application instead.