What if…

What if? This tiny little question can pop in my head at the most random times and it can get a bit compulsive at times.   Most times, I’m not in the right place at the right time to execute that “what if” and often forget about any answer that may have occurred to me.  But every now and then…

Take this image that has been waiting in the “what if” pile, well, for years.

ICows-Original had seen a LVPC member use a plug-in called Flood 2.  It looked pretty cool and I thought it could come in handy… so I downloaded the trial version.  I played with it briefly but had no real good idea where to use it and figured I would just let the trial expire.   And then, for no particular reason, that little question popped in my head… what if?

I love these cows… but I just could not put my finger on what was missing.  I was now very happy with the background ~ a combination of JaiArt and Distressed Textures and countless blend modes.   So why were they still sitting in my “current projects” folder?  The missing piece… a foreground.

So with a little PS magic, the Flood 2 plug-in, and using some grass brushes I found (just do a Google search ~ it is amazing what is out there), I created that missing foreground.

A labor of love and many what ifs later, they are getting ready for print 🙂

Tip of the day:  Did you upgrade to Topaz Impressions 2, but was wondering what’s so new (kind of like I was)?  Well here’s one new feature.  There are now community presets!  The good is that with so many choices, you are sure to find just what you are looking for; the bad is that with so many choices you may never be able to make up your mind.  Lucky for me, I found just what I was looking for and pretty quick… I used Kents Watercolor-1  with a few adjustments of my own.   If you haven’t checked out Topaz Impressions or the other Topaz plug-ins, check out their trial versions. Just click on the Topaz button in the sidebar→→→ and have fun!

Okay, time to get back to work… and the next “what if?”

Until next time,


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