Interesting Backgrounds Made Easy!

One of the techniques I showed in the last webinar was how to make interesting backgrounds with Topaz Impression.  During the webinar I used this in a very artistic workflow.  This technique is also very effective in the following image types:

  1. Where the background is boring, mundane or disinteresting
  2. Where the background is overpowering the foreground and/or focal point
  3. Where you want to add an element of whimsical mystery to the background

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I use this technique quite often now and wanted to share with you just how powerful it can be.  To achieve this technique, Topaz Impression works the fastest and most efficient.  However, that is not to say you could not achieve the same results using Photoshop’s Filters within the Filter Gallery and maybe some Gaussian Blur.

For those of you who own Impression, here is a screenshot of the settings used to make this effect.

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Topaz Impression Settings for Background

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Blake Rudis

f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.


For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.


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