A "found" group of objects in an antique case provided an opportunity to photograph collage-style using a wide-angle lens placed on top of a glass countertop.
Topaz Labs has a variety of plug-ins and effects, and I wanted to try something a little different. I used two filters from the Topaz plugin Vivacity. Used creatively as suggested on their website, the filters can generate some pretty cool effects!
I added a texture layer for a little more dimension, color and interest. The effects of the filters are most noticeable in the text areas, very bendy and unusual.
Here's a close-up screen shot of the effects...
It's different and fun to work with ... try it! Topaz Labs Vivacity. I used Clean and Sharpen to create the soft painterly, and scratchy-bendy effects as shown here. We are making pictures like this in my online Photoshop class at BetterPhoto: Photoshop: Enhancing Images and Creating Works of Art.