Some Fun With Photoshop CS6

We are in long weekend mode here at Green Acre Park in Waterloo, Ontario.  The campground is very busy and the temperatures are sweltering!  We topped out at 96F today and the mild breeze just made the wind feel like a blast from a furnace at times.  Two air conditioners running inside Phaeton Place for most of the day have kept things bearable though, plus a side trip to Conestogo Mall got us into even more air conditioning.  I’ve been playing around with the new oil painting filter inside Photoshop CS6 and really like this effect on today’s photographs from our recent trip to England.  I’ve tried to keep keep the effect as subtle as possible.  Wondering if my readers like it too?  Please feel free to leave a comment.


Staithes, North Yorkshire


Abandoned Ironworks, North Yorkshire

Filey Seafront Filey Seafront, North Yorkshire


  1. Dick August 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Nice work Mark. Can that effect be applied with a gradient? I’m thinking of the boats photo; can you apply it so that is weaker at the top and the same or stronger towards the bottom. For some reason I don’t like it so much on the light colored buildings. That’s just me. I wish I could make photos anywhere near as nice. Dick

    • Mark August 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

      Hi Dick,
      I understand what you are getting at, kind of a fade in from the top down. I’m sure a gradient would work fine. If not, the opacity setting on the filter layer could minimize the effect, but that would affect the entire image too. I could always paint over with a greyish mask to hide the effect on buildings in the top of the photo. I’ll work on it and then repost in another post along with the original photo too.


  2. Lynda August 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Spectacular photo effects and beautiful captures!

    • Mark August 6, 2012 at 7:33 am #

      Thanks for stopping by Lynda.