Aug. 28th – Sunday Sampler + Topaz Info

Summer is just about over…kids going back to school…Labor Day next weekend…heading into my favorite season…the cooler days of Fall! Bring on the Pumpkin Spice coffee!

This week’s Sunday Sampler is made up of textures from our trip this summer to the Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster, PA. The wood and rust textures have been modified with Topaz products (Impression and Simplify). The wood shot was taken indoors, hand held, and was a little blurry. Never fear – textures to the rescue!! I used Topaz Impression to blur it some more to turn it into a useful texture! The rusty ones weren’t blurry to start with, but I did soften the look – Simplify on one and Impression on the other. SO many possibilities!

And speaking of Topaz, if you haven’t yet grabbed the sale deal on TOPAZ GLOW 2, the sale ends Friday, Sept. 2nd. If you don’t already own the program – click HERE to go to the website, then use the code GLOW2 to save 30% (reg. $69.99, on sale for $48.99).

If you own the original Glow, this is a FREE upgrade – just log in to your account and go to the downloads page. I’ve been told that right now you will only see “Glow” on the downloads page, but if you download it you will get Glow 2.

Over 30 new presets – I’ve been playing quite a bit with them to create some new textures for the Peacock Studio — will be releasing some new items THIS WEEK! Watch for the update!


Our Facebook group, “Textures: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art” broke the milestone of 500 members today! Woo hoo! There has been lots of great work being shared – if you haven’t joined us yet, please do – we’d all love to see what you’re working on!


If you didn’t see my Facebook post yesterday, this is an image I worked on last week. Used Topaz Simplify and Topaz B&W to soften the colors, my own texture in the background. I’ll be showing how I did this (along with some other projects) in my next Topaz Webinar on Nov. 15th. All of their old webinars (including mine from December, March and July) are on the website at:



If you are thinking about joining me and Dave for our Sedona Workshop, October 15th-18th, we have just 3 spots left! If you have never been to Sedona, you MUST see the beautiful Red Rocks – gorgeous! And if you have been there, you KNOW you want to return!! Click HERE for all the details!

Downtown Pano for canvas - 36 x 9


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