For Jim H: You and I have been talking about Topaz's various filters/effects. Here's something I did this morning.
The first photo is my original photograph.
In the second photo, I made a duplicate layer, went to Topaz Impression 1 (Impression 2 is way too slow for my Mac Mini, which has 16GB memory and is maxed out so I can't add any more.) I selected an effect and then, using a layer mask, let the original photo show through just in the center.
Then in the third photo, I applied a Topaz Texture to photo #2. Again, I kept the center relatively sharp by using a layer mask.
Hope this makes sense. Have fun playing around!
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