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Inverting Images In Photoshop

As an outdoor photographer and digital artist, I find it fun to experiment with creative effects in post-processing. Here is a super easy and super fast way to completely transform a photograph by inverting images in Photoshop and then applying textures and colors in Topaz Texture Effects.

Here is an image of birch trees reflecting in a pond at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area near Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Not a bad image, but nothing that really makes my head turn, either.

Birch Reflection Straight Out of Camera
Straight Out of Camera

I tried a few other edits using different color palettes, but nothing really got my attention. Here is an edit using Topaz Restyle to make it more of a cooler tones “winter” look:

Topaz Restyle Frozen Landscape
Topaz Restyle Frozen Landscape

Another edit using Nik Color Efex Pro to give it a warmer look:

Warmer Edit
Warmer Edit

These edits were “OK” but nothing special.

Inverting Images

Then I tried inverting the original image in Photoshop. By inverting, I don’t mean flipping it upside down – I mean making it look more like a negative. Simply open the image in Photoshop and hit “Ctrl” “I” (command “I” on a Mac).

Inverted Image
Inverted Image

I then took the inverted image in to Topaz Texture Effects and added texture and a color overlay. This is surreal!

Inverted Birch Reflection
Inverted and edited with Topaz Texture Effects

It really is that easy! Complete transformation of a typical landscape photograph in about 5 minutes. While I like the looks I got with the other edits, inverting images in Photoshop gives this particular image a completely different and surreal look that really grabs my attention. With just a fast and simple trick. I don’t think this type of edit would work with every image, but for trees or forest scenes it seems to come out rather nicely. Give it a try and see what you think!

Happy inverting!


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High Resolution Textures For Photoshop

Now available in their own online texture gallery are several “unique to the North Woods” high resolution textures available for purchase!

Lake Superior Shoreline Texture
Lake Superior Shoreline Texture

High Resolution Textures

These textures are all from photos that I took myself on a DSLR of some of the resources that can be unique to the Upper Midwest region, such as:

  • Lake Superior shoreline
  • Lake Michigan beaches
  • tree bark from birch and other North Woods species
  • rock and stones
  • plants and grasses
  • snow and ice

All of the textures have been adjusted to 50% gray in Photoshop (you’re welcome) and can be applied to your images in Photoshop or uploaded in to your own assets library in Topaz Texture Effects.

Lake Michigan Beach Texture
Lake Michigan Beach Texture


How much do these unique high resolution textures cost?

Only $1 per single photo with a $5 minimum purchase.

That gives you a perpetual, non-exclusive license with significant freedoms and helps me cover costs associated with hosting the files on a proofing site, credit card processing / bank fees, file delivery, buying gas & groceries, paying the landlord, etc.

Who can use these high resolution textures?

You can use them for personal or commercial use.

Who retains copyright to any high resolution textures that I download from this site?

I do. ©Kelly Doyle. All Rights Reserved.

Do I need to provide attribution for any textures that I download from this site?

While a link back to this site is appreciated if you use one of my files to enhance your image, it is not required. Who the hell can remember where they downloaded all of their different textures from anyway? Let’s keep it simple.

Are there any restrictions on my use of textures that I download from this site?

Yes. You may not resell or redistribute any of my photos (duh), or allow the use of my photos on print-on-demand products. Simple. Other than that, you are granted a wide range of freedom to use the files in your projects and alter if desired.

Will the textures I download have watermarks?

No. The watermark that shows on the files in the proofing gallery will NOT be on the downloaded photo.

Is there a minimum order?

There is a $5 minimum at this time.

How do I get the files?

Just add the files you want to purchase to your shopping cart when you visit the texture gallery and you will get an email telling you how to access the download once your payment is processed. Please be sure to check your spam folder if you do not receive an email soon after completing your purchase (it will come from the proofing site, not from

What format are the photos?

All the textures are high resolution jpg files at 300 dpi.

I will be adding more textures to the online gallery as time allows. If you have any other questions – feel free to ask! 🙂

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Same Photo, Different Looks With Photo Editing

There’s more to making a “pretty picture” than just composing the shot and getting your aperture, shutter speed, exposure and focus just right. Photo editing in post processing is a completely different and important skill in and of itself. It can be time consuming, turn a “meh” shot into a “wow!” shot and can be a ton of fun. And since I shoot in RAW, post processing is a necessity. Here’s just one recent example of how changing the color scheme of a shot from the North Shore of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota gives it a whole new look and feel:

Straight Out of the Camera

This is what it looked like straight out of the camera with no editing at all. I took this shot just before 9 am in mid-September, so the light wasn’t horrible but was starting to get a little harsh. It was a 13 second exposure using a polarizer and a 9 stop ND filter.

Sugarloaf Cove Straight out of the camera
Sugarloaf Cove Straight out of the camera

A Variety of Photo Edits


Just basic edits to bump up the shadows and add a touch of clarity & vibrance, then a bit of split toning to warm up the rocks and brighten the blues in the sky and water.

Sugarloaf Cove Split Toning
Edited in Lightroom using split toning.

Topaz ReStyle

Topaz Labs has some of my favorite plug-ins to stimulate new ideas and ReStyle has some pretty crazy options to choose from! I like the way you can create different moods just by changing the color, tone, or contrast of the image, which can make it look like you were there at a different time of day or night. Some look realistic and some are way out there. Here are just two examples:

Sugarloaf Cove

Sugarloaf Cove
Edits with Topaz Restyle

Nik Collection Color Efex Pro 4

Nik has some interesting plug-ins as well. For landscapes, I like the cool / warm grad filters in Color Efex Pro. I think this is my favorite edit of the bunch for this particular image!

Edit with Nik Color Efex Pro using a cool / warm filter.
Edit with Nik Color Efex Pro 4

Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2

If I’m in a hurry and want to convert a shot to black and white, Silver Efex Pro is my starting point! You’d be surprised at how many different options there are just in black and white! Otherwise, there’s always curves and channels in Photoshop where I can dial it in EXACTLY the way I want it – if I take the time.

Sugarloaf Cove Black & White
Edit with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

As you can see, the exact same image can take on a completely different mood just by doing basic edits. Some of the third party filter plug-ins can make it very easy to experiment, which sometimes gives me ideas that I wouldn’t necessarily have thought of otherwise. In addition to color scheme changes, there are endless other options as well, such as adding textures (OnOne has some good textures that can be used in Perfect Effects), painterly effects (Topaz Impression is awesome), double exposures, or more extreme edits in Photoshop. Although I don’t usually rely on plug-ins (I like to treat each image as a stand alone subject), it’s fun to try new things!

How do you do your photo editing? Which of these edits do you like best?


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How to Create Twirl Effect in Photoshop

If you like abstract photography, you’ll LOVE this twirl effect in photoshop! It’s fast and easy – SO easy you could create an action for it and make it even faster if you want to!

finished twirl in photoshop

Here’s how it’s done:

Twirl Effect in Photoshop

Start with any photo in 8 bit. This is the original:


Filter -> Pixelate -> Mezzotint -> Medium Lines


Filter -> Blur -> Radial Blur (slider = 100, blur method = zoom, quality = best)

radial blur

Repeat step 3 up to 5 times as desired. I just did it once in this example.

Duplicate Layer.

Remain on original layer. Filter -> Distort -> Twirl (angle value +80 or as desired).

Select new layer. Filter -> Distort -> Twirl (angle value = opposite of step 6, ie -80).



Alter new layer’s blending mode = lighten.

blend mode lighten

Merge layers. Fin.

finished twirl in photoshop

There you have it – the twirl effect in photoshop! Play around with it and have fun!