The Painted Look

I've been doing more experimenting with a painterly look on my images.  The idea is to make the images more artistic by combining standard, retouched images with a paint filter, followed by use of the mixer brush and added brush strokes in Photoshop.

Here's an example of my latest with the before and after just below it.

After Image - "The Painted Look"

Tools of the Trade - a few of my favorite tools

Now that I've completely revamped my primary website ( and this blog, it's time to start posting again.  For this post I thought I would share the software tools I used most often for all of my image post-processing.  

Here's the breakdown in priority order...

1. Adobe Photoshop CC

This is the granddaddy of them all and my most often used "tool" and my favorite.  It's the most powerful and allows for the most creativity.  And, if it doesn't have something I need, I can always add plug-ins, fonts, create my own brushes and just about anything else.  Since I have a photography business on the side, I have no issue spending the $9.99 per month for the Photography package since it comes with Lightroom.