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Challenge Winner Special effects – Waterlily Lotus and Hydrangea Flowers

I don’t normally include details on how an image is processed, but this one I was inspired to created for a special effect on waterlily challenge.

Processing done in Photoshop:
- Fractalius preset glow 100 (to give the initial blur while grabbing more flowing details on the lines)
- Apply as a Multiply layer and merged with the original
- Black and white conversion, and Inverted (this step plus the one above to brighten the photo)
- Copy original image and applied Radial Blur
- Overlay on converted black and white as Linear Light at 70%
- Applied different Hue adjustment on Background and flower/buds
- Spot brightening on flower
- Spot Smear to remove some noise and give a silkier look.

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lotus, watercolor, mix media, pastel, lily


  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 4 years ago

    Stunning work, beautifully done

  • Thanks you so much :)
    Revised with calligraphy and stamp…

    – John Poon

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    This is FABULOUS, excellent work,

  • Thanks Ann :)
    Revised with calligraphy and stamp…

    – John Poon

  • Maj-Britt Simble
    Maj-Britt Simbleover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Much appreciated, Maj :)
    Revised with calligraphy and stamp…

    – John Poon

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful, John! What a wonderful work.

  • Thanks bud!
    Revised with calligraphy and stamp…

    – John Poon

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work John!

  • Thanks, and cheers :)
    Revised with calligraphy and stamp…

    – John Poon

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago


  • Thank you JA!
    Revised with calligraphy and stamp…

    – John Poon

  • Tara  Turner
    Tara Turnerover 4 years ago

    this is absolutely beautiful work John! The result is pure magic!

  • Thank you, Tara!
    Revised with calligraphy and stamp…
    Cheers :)

    – John Poon

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    I admit that i dont normally feel much one way or the other about fract work, but this is Beautiful. The colors, the smoothness.. doesnt blow me out of the chair.. just gives me a great feeling of calm and beauty. Wonderful!

  • I am not a big fan of any specific type of effect either. if only because they are overdone. I used it in this image because I wanted another blur layer but wanted to retain certain detail. It’s a quick and dirty way to do it :)

    It’s now revised with calligraphy and stamp…

    – John Poon

  • silvercircles
    silvercirclesover 4 years ago

    Amazing job here! All the effort you put into this has led to such a beautiful work of art.

  • Thank you very much!
    Revised with calligraphy and stamp…

    – John Poon

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertover 4 years ago

    Elegant beauty John!!

  • Thank you, Kim :)
    I’ve revised it with calligraphy and stamp…

    – John Poon

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