A Toe In The (Photoshop) Water

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For years I have been steadfastly avoiding the use of Photoshop for processing my photos.  No particular reason other than stubbornness and preferring to only use one program (Lightroom) for the work.  Recently, Adobe began sending out free special effects actions for Photoshop.  It sort of got me intrigued enough to download them and I finally got around to trying them out.  This is a photo that I took a few years ago but never really liked the “straight” version.  I’m not sure how much I really like this version using the “Watercolor Artist” action, but it is starting to grow on me.  Like any recipe I’m going to need to work with the options a bit to get a “look” that suits me.  But in the mean time it’s something interesting to look into, and it may even motivate me to spend more time catching up my Photoshop “chops.”  I only have a 10~ year learning curve to catch up on! 🙂

4 thoughts on “A Toe In The (Photoshop) Water”

  1. Seems like a good start to me Tom. And your choice of subject on which to try this look was spot on. I think the 10-year learning curve is for people who work full time. It’s more than halved for retirees 😉

    1. Only 5 years? That’s certainly encouraging, thanks, Cedric! I’ll definitely see what I can do about sticking to that shortened learning curve, although I’ve not proven to be a quick study in the past. 😉

  2. I like how Cedric put the pressure on, Tom! 🙂
    Now that I have the package deal of LR Classic and PS CC I can use some of the tools in PS but for now I want to continue to learn what LR can do for me. I like the effect of the image, by the way.

    1. Yeah, I hope it doesn’t make me so nervous that I can’t work! I hadn’t thought about it, but since you have a new computer you are able to belong to the Adobe Club…congratulations! There are a lot of good tutorials online for LR and you’re a pretty smart guy, but let me know if you get stuck!

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