A Rose by any other name

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“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.” – G.K. Chesterton

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Topaz labs is a set of amazing plugins for Photoshop that will change your photography forever.

Designed with the professional in mind this is not your regular set of preset effects. With Topaz labs each plug-in, and there are many, is its own piece of software.

Each is completely customisable with multiple sliders to allow you to tweak the effect and create the final image you have in mind. In a Warholesque fit of passion I decided to take my photograph ‘Swimming with Roses’ and apply a range of effects for my, and your, delectation. . TOPAZ-LABS-VERSIONS .

My favourite is the ‘Cartooned’ effect. I love the swirls it creates and the way in which the lines flow together.

These effects were applied to the flattened image so imagine how far you could go if applying the effects to individual layers and combining those layers to create yet further effects. (Actually you don’t have to imagine. The Original ‘Swimming with Roses’ has several Topaz Labs filters and effects applied to it.)

In short, Topaz Labs can handle everything your imagination can throw at it, and if you’re not feeling particularly imaginative, Topaz Labs can help you with that too. .

“The mystery was gone but the amazement was just starting.” – Andy Warhol

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