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photography by Mary Lou Jacobs

Topaz B&W Effects Opalotype Tutorial

I’m so excited!! This is the first tutorial I’ve written. Hope you like it!!

Today’s tutorial came about because  Topaz B&W Effects  has one of my favorite effects, Opalotype. As you may already know you can use the same tutorial on several different images and the look is entirely different on each one, some of which you may not like. If you see a ‘look’ that you like be sure to try it on several images before deciding not to use it.

Please remember if you choose to use any of the links or tutorials on this blog that you give credit to the author.

This image was taken with my iPhone 4S which has become my camera of choice for a lot of my photography.

Opalotype Tutorial using PSE9

  1. Select an image from your computer.
  2. Duplicate the background layer.
  3. Open Topaz B&W Effects.
  4. In the Effects Panel click on Opalotype Collection then in the Presets Panel click on Hand Tinted Cream.
  5. On the right side click on Finishing Touches. At this point you can play with the options. I chose Silver and Paper Tone, Film Grain, Edge Exposure and Transparency.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Open Topaz Adjust5.
  8. In the Effects Panel click on HDR Collection then in the Presets Panel click on Dynamic Pop.
  9. On the right side click on any of the options until you get the desired effect.
  10. Click OK.
  11. Now you are back in PSE where I added a mask to the B&W Effects layer.
  12. Make sure your Color Picker is on the default setting with black being the top color.
  13.  With a soft brush I brought back some of the color.
  14. Make a composite layer ~ CMD + option + shift + E on a Mac or CTL + option + shift + E on a PC.
  15. Add a texture of your choice. I used Captain Kimo’s #9 texture (the textures are part of the eBook package), Multiply from the Blend Mode dropdown and lowered the Opacity.
  16.  CMD + option + shift + E on a Mac or CTL + option + shift + E on a PC to make a composite layer.

Enjoy!!

This is the original JPEG image.

This is the same image after completing the Opalotype Tutorial.

I took it a step further and added a frame. Unfortunately this company is no longer making frames for Photoshop Elements.

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2 thoughts on “Topaz B&W Effects Opalotype Tutorial

  1. Nice work Mary, I will post my result on Facebook. Thank you for doing this.

  2. Fun outcome. Thanks for sharing your workflow. Topaz filters are awesome.

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