My “Pencil” Submission Explained

One of my favorite submissions for the 25th round of the Photography Scavenger Hunt was for the word Pencil. My final image is shown below, but I didn’t actually draw this. I used several Topaz plugins, which I’ll detail for you after the final image.

Final Pencil Image

Here is the image that I started with, which is a simple macro shot with the pencil balanced on the Hot Wheels car.

Initial Photograph

The first thing I did was clean up the image in Lightroom. Then I sent it to Topaz’s Glow plugin, where I used the liquid lines filter to make the car look more smooth and give it a little pop. I masked out the pencil, so it would always look real. Here’s that image

Second Edited Image

Next, I used Topaz Texture plugin to give the whole car a sketched look. I masked out the pencil again.

Third Image with the Sketched look applied

After that, I sent the image back to Topaz’s Texture plugin and used the black and white sketch filter on just part of the image and masked out the parts I wanted to keep. That brings us back to the final image, which I submitted.

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