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The last post covering Japengo at the Hyatt on the beautiful Ka’anapali coast of Maui showcase dishes that are truly artistic in every sense of the word.

Which inspired me to do more with the photos taken with my Galaxy Note II as opposed to leave them as is. Especially being some were noisy (grainy), having being I wasn’t entirely familiar with my phone’s camera at the time they were shot. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you iPhone folks will probably say if I had “your” phone, I’d have got the shot perfectly.

Being the “closet Apple fan” I am, in fact, I was just at the Apple Store in Ala Moana Center yesterday afternoon checking out the brand spankin’ new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. iPhone 5c? Pass. I’d rather get the iPhone 5 (get them while you still can!) for its superior build quality over the “plasticized” 5c. iPhone 5s? GORGEOUS! The black and white models, with their contrasting backside are very, very nice, while the gold one is actually my favorite! And no, I’m not the “pimp” type, regardless of my “Voodoo Blue” Toyota FJ Cruiser.

Anyways, since we’re talking colors and visuals in general, let’s check out some Photoshop filters I applied to the food featured in the previous post over at Japengo at the Hyatt Ka’anapali, Maui.

Here’s Japengo’s Maguro Tobiko Roll with Photoshop’s Crystalize filter applied…

LOVE THAT! I’d totally print this at a photo lab, frame it and hang it near my dining table area. And no, I’m not gay. lol

Pot Stickers with Film Grain filter applied…

That’s kinda’ interesting, however I think it should look more abstract.

Sake Salmon Sashimi with the Plastic Wrap + Grain filter applied….

Pretty cool! Kinda’ “80’s MTV-ish”.

Here’s that plate of Ogo and julienned daikon, applied with the Paint Daub filter…

Imagine if you had that blown-up to like a 60″ frame, hanging in your living room near the dining area. Your guests would probably always ask you, “Hey Pomai, by the way, WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!” “Oh, it’s a hamburger, you just have to think outside the box.” LOL!!!

Next up, Japengo’s Prawn & Mango Salad, applied with the Fresco filter…

Very nice!

Photoshop filters are super easy and FAST. What would take you several hours to paint by hand from a subject, takes you just a click and some quick adjustments within the filter parameters itself. You can adjust how detailed or abstract you want it to look, which I tend to try and make it as abstract as possible, yet still recognizable, depending on the other elements, such as the incorporation of a better photo to offset it, or a logo or text.

Here’s where the magic happens…

From there are flyout dropdown submenus for each filter category, including, say under the Artistic filter, there’s, Dry Brush, Fresco Water Color, Colored Pencil, Smudge Stick, Underpainting and Watercolor, just to name a few of MANY more under all the different types of filters.

Using a combination of filter options, I turned that “Surfing Goat” Guava Cheesecake into this, where it looks like it’s behind textured glass…

Another example, applying the Crosshatch filter to these Steak and Prawns…

And this one, where I completely blurred the sushi in the background, only to highlight it with an inset photo…

Another example, with the Underpainting filter applied, making the background version as abstract as possible…

I took this Rough Pastels filter to the most abstract level as possible without loosing the the subject that is Japengo’s Tengu Ka’anapali Pie…

Yours truly with calabash nephew baby Angelo, crosshatch filter applied (click on the image to see a grayscale version, which is kinda’ interesting)…

Phood for artistic inspiration and thought.



4 thoughts on “Phoodieshopped

  • September 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Great software. Like the one of you and Angelo. Almost like oil painting. Can you able to enlarge it as a poster?

  • September 28, 2013 at 7:57 am


    How funny, of all the Photoshop filtered food versions, you like the one of humans.

    It could be blown up to the size of the Empire State Building. However, it would need to be converted to a vectored graphic via Illustrator, which uses mathematical geometric specs vs. being rasterized in Photoshop, where the image is pixel-based. Hence the latter, losing image quality as it’s enlarged beyond the original file size.


  • September 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I also like the one of of you and Angelo esp with the background with the understated undulating graphic design. Like a portrait painting. As always, the quality of Tasty Island food blog is superb.

    • September 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm


      Huge mahalo for the kind words about this blog.

      Ironic you mention that, as The Tasty Island is one of several blogs on varying subjects considered exceptional by the teacher, and is being referred to as a case study for his elementary grade school students in a technology class at a highly acclaimed Pac Five private school here on Oahu. With that, hello to Mr. C’s class!


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