Before working on this post I checked out one of the links to the right, Design Festival. The post shared 5 free resources for designers. It's worth a look and a few downloads. Check out the others too.
It was time to change the blog design too. Hope this one is a little easier on the eyes.
Some time back I encouraged you (and myself) to spend a moment using the filters that ship with Photoshop. As I recall it was with an image taken after a snowstorm.
With Photoshop CS6 recently I used the filters to play with similar effects.
|Close up of party setting.|
|Image with watercolor effect applied.|
Tweaking the filter produced a watercolor painted effect.
A still life pottery display. Similar steps, using the pillow filter to give the image a little sheen.
|A dash of pillow effect makes the porcelain shine.|
Try using Live Trace and other effects with Illustrator CS6.
|Live Trace with painterly effect.|
|Cross hatching effect.|
I hope you will be moved to use the tools you have to turn static photos into a work of art.