Topaz Labs produces some pretty cool products. I’ve talked about Topaz Glow which you can use to giver your images a neon glowing effect, but my all time favorite product from them is Topaz Impression.
With this tool you can convert your images into Impressionist Style Artworks. All you need to do is load up your image, then select one of the many presets, such as “Monet”, “Oil Painting”, “Cave Painting”. You image will instantly (well…almost instantly, processing for large images may take a minute or two) be converted.
You’re not limited to the presets though. Once you’ve kicked things off, there are sliders that let you control the brush type, width, the stroke length and direction, etc. You can get very elaborate.
Impression used to be a stand alone product. These days though, it is a plugin for Topaz Studio. One of the big advantages with this is that you can layer effects with multiple Topaz products. Topaz Studio is free, but the Impression plugin will set you back about a hundred dollars. That may sound like a bit much, but I’ve sold several prints of artworks made with impression and have easily recouped my cost.
One of the things I find really great about products like Impression and Glow is that they can give a photo a really standout style, and when your competing against thousands of photographers, it’s that kind of style that gives you an advantage over the others.
A while back, I made a video to go over some of the features of Impression. This was before it was a Studio plugin, but the functionality is pretty much the same:
Welcome to my website!
This being my first blog post. I’m going to tell you a bit about who I am.
My name is Daniel Eskridge, and I’m an artist…at least I am some of the time. I have a day job as a software engineer. But in my spare time, I create art.
I grew up in north Georgia in the metro Atlanta area, and I live there now, north of the city a bit. I’m in my mid-forties, married, and have three kids.
I’m a classically trained artist in such formats as drawing, painting, scupture and photography and have degrees in both art and computer science from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!).
For many years, I primarily did oil and acrylic paintings. However, being a software engineer by day, I’ve always been around computers and have was experimenting with digital as far back as the mid 1980’s. When my youngest son was born though, I decided to get the hazardous chemicals out of the house (which included all my oil paints), and I went all digital.
I first started to like art when I was a kid. I read lots of science fiction and fantasy novels and was always fascinated by the cover illustrations. I first learned to make art by copying such artists as Larry Elmore, Kieth Parkinson, Michael Whelan, Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta.
Naturally, my first genre of choice was fantasy, but over the years, I’ve branched into the paleoart, wildlife, and Western genres. I’ve also produced several non-genre realist works.
I spend a great deal of time outdoors, so nature and organic forms play a large role in my art. Particularly the place where I grew up (and still live), northern Georgia and the foothills of the southern Appalachians, inspires a lot of my work.
Sometime around 2010, I discovered something called print-on-demand websites. These are websites that allow artists to sell their works directly to customers in the form of custom-specified, on-demand, ink jet prints. I tried uploading a few of my works to various sites and found that they sold!
Not only did my art start to sell, but I also started getting illustration contracts and setting up licensing agreements.
Nowadays, I don’t have much time for contract work with a rather intense day job and a baby daughter in the house, but I do take the occasional commission if it fits. Plus, I still manage to create at least one new artwork per week — and if you want to hear about all of my latest works as well a see some of my favorites, subscribe to my email list.