Fan of #149… Powder Paint

A photograph of one of wooded areas at Ashenbank Woods near Cobham in Kent.

Camera: Samsung Galaxy S7
Lens: n/a
F/Number: f/5
ISO: 50

Focal Distance: 4.2 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/900 sec
Software: Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop
Photographer: Bren Ryan

Processing technique


  • First of all I did few edits of my image in Lightroom, then selected Edit in Photoshop so I could add the powder paint effect to the image.


  • Once image was in Photoshop, I unlocked the layer by clicking on the lock icon.
  • Then I created 6 new layers
  • One the very bottom layer I filled my new layer with White.
  • I then used a clipping mask and clipped my image to layer 6.
  • Using a Powder Brush on Layer Six with a reduced flow and Opacity and selecting black, I clicked on layer six until my image started to emerge. I also changed the angle and size of the Brush till I got what I wanted.
  • Then I added a Vibrance Adjustment Layer to my image and made sure I clipped that to my image layer.
  • Then starting at the bottom layer. I renamed the layer Blue and using a large brush I chose the colour I wanted and clicked on the layer. I then used Free Transform to get the blue exactly where I wanted it.
  • I repeated the same steps for the Green and Layer 4 and 5
  • One my Layer that I had filled with white, I double on that layer and created a colour over and gradient overlay.
  • Then I decided that I would go back to my image and add an Oil Paint Filter.
  • I wanted some form of texture on the white background, so I added a texture I had. Making sure I moved the texture layer below my coloured brush layers.
  • As I had used an oil paint effect on the image, I then added an oil paint filter to my texture. And then chose my blending mode and opacity for the layer.
  • Finally, I saved my image and it was transferred back into Lightroom.


  • I then added a small radial filter in the centre of the image and increased the exposure slightly.
  • I then added two more brush masks for dodging and burning some areas of the image to create depth.

Lately, I’ve been exporting images to Twitter, by using Jeffrey Friedl’s Twitter Plugin. I can’t praise this plugin enough. It saves having to save the image on your hard-drive and then uploading it to Twitter. Also, via the settings of the plugin, you can select certain settings within Lightroom. I have set up the plug where my image gets tweeted with the image, title, several keywords and links to my blog and PicFair Store. This is done within the Export settings when you first set up your Export Preset.

“{Title} {Caption}” #Photography #Lightroom #Images #Photo Store

By using this method and by creating an Export to Preset, I can just right click on an image in the Library Module and by selecting the Export Twitter Preset, I created when first set the Plugin up, my image is sent to Twitter without the image being saved on my hard-drive.

You can purchase the plugin, for as little as 1 cent, or you can continue using it for free (with limited features after six weeks). To have a Plugin where I don’t have to clutter my hard-drive was worth every sent I donated to Jeffrey. And another feature of the plugin is that once you export your image to Twitter, it will show up in the Metadata that the image has been sent to Twitter.

Submitted as Part of Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… Photography Challenge.


2 responses to “Fan of #149… Powder Paint”

  1. Wow, that is an amazing edit of the shot, looks so magical 😃

    Liked by 1 person

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