It is Autumn here in NZ, and the Botanic Gardens has a great display of flowers in bloom. In the Maple Walk is a large patch of bold purple anemone in flower and I spent a lot of time with my Lensbaby Velvet 56 taking photos.
This particular image I wanted to be more creative with it, so I selected some of the petals, copied them into a separate layer and used the Skew tool in Photoshop to reshape them.
Several different extra petals have been added, and then I digitally painted in some extra subtle details.
Finally the image was desaturated, with a texture added to darken the background, add more of a vignette and also soft textural interest to the background.
Here is the original photo for comparison
While it was a bit fiddly to do this, adding in the extra petal layers, skewing them so they look unique and then masking them into the overall image was quite fiddly, it wasn't difficult. Just basic application of layers and masks and careful use of the brush too.
Hope you enjoy this example of what can be done to elevate a photo into Fine Art.