Sunday Sampler + Topaz Corner + More!

Happy Snowy Sunday! After about a foot of snow on Thursday here in CT, we’re now getting a little more (just when the roads cleared up)! Luckily in my part of the state it’s supposed to turn to rain later today.


This week’s Sunday Sampler textures are from two botanical gardens. The ornament and snowflake were taken last month at the New York Botanical Garden during their holiday train show. The rain on glass is from the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden (the greenhouse is designed just like the one in NYC). See the Topaz Corner below for how I used Topaz to transform the rain on glass to something totally different!


In this month’s Topaz Corner I want to show you how you can take a texture that you photograph (or download), and turn it into something totally different. If you’ve watched any of my Topaz webinars you’ve seen a couple of example of this (if you’ve missed any of the four webinars you can find them at At the top of the page you can sort by presenter to find mine. The last one I did in January isn’t posted yet – should be soon! These webinars – by all of the presenters – are a great resource. You can search by product as well if there is something in particular you’d like to find out more about.

So for this demonstration, I will use the image of the Rain on Glass from this week’s Sunday Sampler. You can follow along if you have Topaz Impression.

Open the Rain on Glass image into Photoshop CC or Elements. Duplicate your background layer. Go to Filters > Topaz Labs > Impression 2 (if you have the original Impression, v.2 is a free upgrade).

In Impression we are going to the Painting group of effects and choosing Fine Brush Scumble III. I used most of the preset settings with these adjustments:

Brush 12; Stroke Color Variation .11.

Under the “Color” section (hit the down arrow next to Color), click on the Blue color button and increase the saturation to .09.

Under the “Texture” section, select Canvas VI. Make the texture strength .88 and the texture size .60.

Hit “OK” to apply and return to Photoshop. If you want to remember what you did on this layer you can rename the layer to Topaz-Impression-FineBrushScumble-III. Also, if you’d like to remove any of the little black spots, you can use the healing brush to do so.

Here’s the finished texture:


Don’t forget to experiment with some other presets – you’ll be surprised at the variety of effects you can create with just one texture!



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Some other cool freebie finds from the web: Lighting Effects Pack – 50 Free Brushes & Images from Media Militia.

At Graphic Design Junction find new tutorials for 2017. 25 New Adobe Photoshop Tutorials to Learn Editing and Photo Manipulation.

And last but definitely not least…

I am often asked the easiest way to add a watermark to an image. While I “drag and drop” my logo over my image, a quicker way would be to create an Action (actions can be used in CC/CS or Elements, but only created in CC/CS). Online friend, Ken Fisher has some great tutorials on his YouTube channel – here’s the link to the one on creating a watermark actionBe sure to check out some of his other helpful tutorials as well.

Have a great week!