This is where it starts...
Taken just outside my door a few years ago.
From the first one at 600x600 pixels the upper part was resized to 600x450 pixels. Through a reflection the upper and lower part became ready for the next step. In Expert there is a layering function. In the filtering section there is stylize and extrude. This time I'm using pyramids. My default is 30 pixels.
This is an in between step involving a hue and saturation shift. I also tossed in a lens flare for good measure.
This is a quadrupel reflection and another application of pyramids to the right side. Around this point you want to make sure you've duplicated your work. Tabitha is right... It's very difficult to repair a mistake to the source file.This is where the next variations start. From the filter distort and polar coordinates you can make it look like a china plate image. With the reflection function you can also add a gradient shiftWithin the distort filter is the pinch function. This allows you to add depth of field to your image.A few more shifts with polar coordinates and it makes a beautiful ornament. The bokeh for this just flowed with the work itself. In the central section the depth of field looks distant and glassy.
Quite the difference from the source file azalea?