Flower Impressions -- Painting Part II

In an earlier post, I described how to create a painterly, impressionistic look to flower photos using the camera hand-held with a slow shutter speed. Today I explain how to simulate the impression of a "painted" flower using photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

The steps are the same in both Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
Open a flower image. Choose Layer>Duplicate Layer (Ctrl + J or Command + J). Name the layer “Painting” and click OK. Choose Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. Adjust the angle of the “steering wheel” for the direction of movement. Adjust the Distance slider to produce the desired amount of blur. Click OK. If you don’t like the effect, in the Layers panel You can lower the Opacity of the filter to reduce the effect. You can also experiment with different Blending modes. You can delete the layer and try again. You can add a layer mask for the filter so you can hide the effect from portions of the image. (optional) Choose Layer>…

Flower Impressions -- Zooming Part II

Flower Impressions -- Zooming

Use Manual Exposure for Stitched Panoramas

Glass Grids and Multiple Exposures

Soften the Built-in Flash

Shoot Flowers Through Glass Blocks

Flower Impressions -- Painting

Flower Impressions - Multiple Exposure

Use Manual Exposure for Night Sky Photos

Photos in a Series -- Storytelling

Photos in a Series -- Curves

Flower Impressions Mirrored