Hey, that is pretty cool. It looks like an abstract night scene. Looks like one of those Black Light Posters from the 70's, not that I would know anything about them. Is this a posterize effect? I am glad that you are trying different techniques, especially with using images that you play with using RAW files. You will get better results.
You said that you looked at TOPAZ and found it to be expensive. YOU SHOULD DOWNLOAD TOPAZ STUDIO. It is free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and you won't be disappointed. You will get the basic version and only have a limited amount of adjustments to use but that is where I started and I was pleasantly surprised what I could do just using the basic program and all the tools that it came with.
You should look at some of the tutorials to get the idea of what the software can do. Don't spend money on the extra Plug-Ins or stand alones unless you are really into creating art work. You will get many presets with the FREE package and that alone will keep you busy for a long time. The software is NON DESTRUCTIVE (so important) and can be used as a plug in with Lightroom, Photoshop or a Stand Alone. The free package has the following adjustments:
- Basic Adjustment which includes: Exposure, Contrast, Clarity, Shadow, Highlights, Black and White Level, Color Saturation
- Tone Curves
- Film Grain
- Dual Tone
- Color Overlay
You can do a whole lot with those adjustments. And the presets are pretty exciting too. I did buy most of the extras but only did when they were on sale. I got a good deal on BLACK FRIDAY. They keep coming out with more software but so far nothing that I can't live without. [/list]