Last week, Topaz had a 1-day filter sale. “Simplify” was available for just $20, so I decided to give it a whirl and see what it can do. It was snowing pretty hard when I got up this morning. Bummer. It was predicted, but the last one missed us. I had hoped this would miss us too. So, if snow is going to fall, I might as well take some pictures.



It turns out, Simplify offers a good selection of ways to render a photograph as art. It includes many painting styles including, impressionist, oils, acrylics, watercolor and more. My favorites are sketch, pen-and-ink, and line art. If you have the right photograph — for line art of any kind, you need strong contrast– you can get some very interesting and fun results.

Here are two versions of the same picture. I’m loving the way they came out.



    • Today is just gray without even a mist to make it mysterious. Yesterday’s snow is today’s icy slush. Very unattractive. It warmed up overnight, so it’s gray, damp, slushy, and almost as dark as if it were late afternoon. I wish I could go back to bed, but my back says “Nooooo” and who can argue with ones spine?


    • Thank you 😀 I’m only beginning to find out what it can do. I don’t like all its iterations. A lot of them are too gaudy for me, though you can adjust color to some degree. But there are a lot of options that require having the right image to start with — something that’s true when using all filters, really. Not everything will work with just any image. These came out nice. I just haven’t been taking a lot of pictures lately, so I need to go through my files and maybe redo some old images. It IS definitely fun 🙂

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