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Photo Story: White Plumeria – Painted Look

I took this photo of a White Plumeria at the hotel when I was traveling to India for business.  I really like the composition of the photo but the front petal wasn’t sharp. 

White Plumeria - Topaz Impression

White Plumeria – Topaz Impression

After a ½ hour or so of post processing, I still didn’t like the result.   I decided to make the entire photo soft to match the one soft petal.  I used the Smooth and Flat Filter in Topaz Adjust to soften the image (photo 2 in the blog).  But, still no luck.  I still didn’t like the result.

I decided to try Topaz Impression to apply a artistic paint preset to the flower.  After scrolling through the filters, I decided to used the Oil Painting II preset on the flower.  After modifying some the settings, I really like the end result.

So if you have an image that isn’t completely sharp, don’t throw it away, try using an artistic plugin or preset to give your image a different look.

White Plumeria - Smooth and Flat

White Plumeria – Smooth and Flat


Camera:  Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens:   Olympus 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 Lens
Focal Length: 43mm
ISO:  640
Aperture:   f/7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/100 of a second
Exposure Compensation: 0
Lighting: Partly Cloudy Morning Light


  • Cropped the photo in Lightroom 5. 
  • Cleaned up the background and removed a bug from the flower using the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush in Photoshop CC.
  • Applied the Macro I filter in Topaz Clarity.
  • Used the Detail Extractor, Lighten/Darken Center, and Film Efex: Vintage filters in Color Efex Pro 4.
  • Used Viveza 2 to selectively lighten and darken areas of the photo.
  • Applied Smooth and Flat filter in Topaz Adjust.
  • Applied the Oil Painting II Filter from Topaz Impression.  
  • Depending on the brush that is used in Topaz Impression, white spots can be left in the background.  I used the Healing Brush to fix the white spots in the background.

Written by Martin Belan

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