Tutorial: How To Create Artistic Snowy Trees

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Learn To Produce Creative Painterly Trees in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Here we are using Lightroom Classic CC, but the steps will be broadly similar with all versions of Lightroom. Remember, we are using Topaz Studio as distinct from the Topaz Impressions filter on its own, so you will need a copy of this to perform this technique. (Download Topaz Studio.) A basic knowledge of Lightroom and Topaz Studio would be an advantage for this technique.
1/ Select a nice snow-laden tree or group of trees and do a basic edit in Lightroom, so in the Develop module, click the Auto button in the "Basic" develop panel and that will suffice for this technique.
2/ Next, right click on your image and Click on "Edit In" option, then select "Edit with Lightroom Adjustments", and finally select your "Topaz Studio" filter.
3/ Once Topaz Studio has opened, ensure the search space at the top left of the magnifying glass is empty and type in "CaptureandCreate", then either hit the return key or click on the magnifying icon.
4/ Next select CaptureandCreate Tree Art and click on the main image. Your image will then change into a very painterly-looking piece of art!
5/ Now, on the Right-hand side, you will also see the "Impression tool" has appeared. Click on the small arrow at the bottom of the tool and a drop down box will appear. Scroll down and you will see more controls.
6/ Now – and if you want a stronger effect – increase the brush size until you are happy with the image and/or move the "Coverage" slider to the right and your effect will become more contrasty, although each image will react differently, so simply have fun and play with the sliders until you have something you like.
7/ Similarly, adjust the sliders in the Colour and Lighting sections to introduce different coloured effects to the image. When you are happy with your image click "Save" in the very bottom right of your Topaz Studio screen and the image will start to process and your chosen filter edits will be applied. When completed, press "Exit" and return to Lightroom where your image will be placed and you can assess the effect properly and, if you wish, make any further adjustments in Lightroom, if desired.

Learn To Produce Creative Painterly Trees with Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

Here we are using Adobe Photoshop CC 2018. We are using Topaz Studio so you will need a copy of this to perform this technique. (Download Topaz Studio.) A basic knowledge of Photoshop and Topaz Studio would be an advantage for this technique.
1/ Select a nice snow-laden tree – or group of trees – and do a basic edit in Photoshop. Click the Image > Auto Tone (or Auto Contrast or Auto Colour options) to carry out a quick fix on your image use the that works best with your shot.
2/ For Topaz Studio to work correctly, first duplicate your background layer: either a) click on "Ctrl" + J (or "Cmd + J on a MAC), or b) click on the Layer > Duplicate Layer menu items and ensure the newly created top layer is highlighted.
3/ Click on "Filter" from the top drop-down menu and then select Topaz Studio and then subselect "Impression."
4/ Once Topaz Studio has opened, ensure the search space at the top left (to the left of the magnifying glass) is empty by clicking on the cross to the right of the word "Impression".
5/ Type in this box "CaptureandCreate", then either hit the return key or click on the magnify icon.
6/ Select CaptureandCreate Tree Art and click on the main image. Your photo will then change into a painterly piece of art!
7/ On the Right-hand side, you will see the "Impression tool" has appeared. Click on the small arrow at the bottom of the tool, a drop-down box will appear. Scroll down and you will see more controls.
8/ For a stronger effect, adjust the brush size and/or the "Coverage" slider changing the effect. Adjust the Colour and Lighting sections for different coloured effects. Your image will react differently, so simply play and have fun with the sliders until you're happy, then click "OK" and your image will then open back into Photoshop and Topaz Studio will close. Make any further adjustments in Photoshop as desired.
9/ When finished, save your image and you're done.

Original Image

Tree Alley ready for Topaz Impressions 1
Tree Alley ready for Topaz Impressions 1

With Topaz Impression “CaptureandCreate Tree Art”

Tree Alley with Topaz Impressions 2
Tree Alley with Topaz Impressions 2

Final image after additional Lightroom edits

Tree Alley with Topaz Impressions 3
Tree Alley with Topaz Impressions 3

Original Image

Snow Bush 1 Original
Snow Bush 1 Original

With Topaz Impression “CaptureandCreate Tree Art”

Snow Bush 2 with Topaz Impression
Snow Bush 2 with Topaz Impression

Final image after additional Photoshop edits

Snow Bush 3 with Topaz Impression and photoshop tweaks
Snow Bush 3 with Topaz Impression and photoshop tweaks

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