Topaz Glow Cat. Topaz Glow has completely changed the look and mood of the cat. In the original photo, the cat is a typical orange and white tabby looking pretty passive. Now, the cat looks more secretive and a bit sinister and wild. The background is black, instead of the bright daylight of the original. Still, this feels like a PHOTO to me.
More often, Topaz Glow changes the image from a photo to some type of art creation. Many times, the look is of a painting. Sometimes, it takes on a more surreal look. If you'd like to see the other images I've processed so far in Topaz Glow, you can see them here in a special gallery: http://fotoeffects.smugmug.com/Other/Playing-with-Topaz-Glow/47470942_VhLKWS#!i=3875139225&k=RJ6X2wL. I've often tried to explain in the commentary how I think the Topaz Glow has enhanced the original image. I only included images where I felt that Topaz Glow improved on the original in some way. I might still prefer the original because I like the look of a PHOTO, but the software allowed me to take some creative license with the images that I liked.
Thanks for your comments on my shot of kids playing in the ornamental grasses. Although it may be difficult to believe that we had such a springlike day in Feb. in Colorado Springs, we've actually had quite a lot of those days this month. Today was lovely and the next four days are all going to be above 60 degrees. In Colorado, if it is sunny and 60 degrees, it feels much warmer than that.