August 23, 2013 by   | 70,268 views | Comments (38)

For this experiment I combined the Circle effect with CC Griddler, CC Mr Mercury, CC Color Offset, Brush Strokes and Unsharp Mask, for a result which is surprisingly flower-like. On first inspection Mr Mercury appears to be a one-trick pony, but explore the parameters and you may be surprised. Brush Strokes may also seem a bit cheesy but even the cheesiest effects can look good if you’re not heavy handed. I used Brush Strokes to add subtle mottling and irregularity to the colour. Here’s my experiment.  What can you make?

Remember the guidelines: Use only the above effects applied to a Solid Layer and don’t use the Brainstorm Tool! I used two Solids, one for the main part of the flower and one to add the detail into the centre. Take at least 30 minutes to explore the effects and post a JPG (under 200K) in the comments.

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