Just Playing Around with Photoshop and a Sidmouth Coastline Image

Way before we decided to take up photography, back in 2011, we visited Sidmouth on a windy day.  Anyway this image was taken of the waves crashing over the rocks.

There is something about it I like.. so I decided today to give it an Impressionistic paint effect in Topaz Impressions 2.

I like what the software did.  However, I wanted to go further with the image.  So I decided to Edit it in Photoshop.

As you can see by the layers panel… I added birds, a boat and barrels as well as a moon.

First of all, I added a boat..  then the birds and finally the barrels.  However, I then decided to add a moon and another sky overlay.  As I wanted the moon to appear behind the birds I moved the layer down so it sat just above my image.  Then came the sky… as I wanted this to appear in front of the moon but behind the birds, this was added just above the moon image.

A lot of the layers that were added needed to be given an impressionistic paint feel.  To do this I then selected one of the elements via the Filter menu… opened it up in Topaz Impression created the effect I wanted then saved it.  For all the other elements I just highlighted the layer element and did Alt+Control+F in windows.  And this added the effect.  Sometimes I did this twice on the layer to create more of an impressionistic feel.

To blend the elements in I used clipping masks for that particular element.  Primarily I used the levels and saturation adjustment for most of the element layers.


The finished image in Photoshop


Once I was happy it was back into Lightroom where I did some more edits.


Final Image



About the Author

Bren is a female amateur photographer, fibromyalgia sufferer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Brashley Photography which showcases the places they’ve visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

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