Welcome to EarlK Design!

The EarlK Design blog consists mainly of entries that show how to do things using Adobe Photoshop that I hope you will find helpful and give your creative mind more tools to work with.

I use Adobe Photoshop CS6, and sometimes Adobe Illustrator CS5, Lightroom 5, and Corel Painter X. However, I believe that much of what I show can be done using Photoshop Elements.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 26 August 2014 . . . Free & Easy

We are continuing with the Free & Easy episodes for Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. And, I am continuing with my 1950's photographs that I took then with a Leica M3 35-mm film camera. I used Kodak Panatomic-X black and white film. I also developed and printed my own photos. 

I was supposed to be going to Casablanca from Germany. However, it ended up with my having a several day stay in Lisbon, Portugal. Did not get to Casablanca.

Here is my final page layout.

There isn't much new to show you how to do it. So instead, I have a video I made showing you how to make your own multi-petal flower like the one in this layout. The flower in the layout is 20-petals around. The one I show how to make is 20-petals around. I have used Kim's texture kk_pinit10 for the background.

To see the video, click on the READ MORE >> >> >>

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quick Tips With Earl Number 6

How to fade the edges of a photo

In this Quick Tips Number 6, I will show you a couple of ways that you can easily fade the edges of a photo so that the edges blend into the background. One method is to use the Gradient Tool. The other method is to use one of the selection tools, such as the Elliptical Marquee Tool, Rectangular Marquee Tool, or the Lasso Tool.

I will use this flower image in my video.

And blend it into this background. This background is the texture kk_pinit10 from Kim Klassen.

With this result.

Please watch the video to see how you can do this.

Fading Photo Edges from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I hope you found this video helpful. 

That's it for now.

Live life fully and enjoy.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 19 August 2014 . . . Free & Easy

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen is here again. The theme is Free & Easy.

I am sticking with my 1950's photographs from Europe. In the Spring of 1955, I went to the Keukenhof Flower Festival. What a marvelous display of flowers. Along the roadside there were vendors selling garlands of bright yellow daffodils to decorate your automobile. My 1955 Ford, sea foam green in color, looked beautiful when all decorated. After seeing the flower displays, I headed out from Keukenhof into the country side. Along the way I saw this windmill that was working. I took a chance to see if I could get to see what was inside the windmill. I was very fortunate. I was invited in to see the workings of a sawmill. Wind power was being used to move the log and the saw blades to cut the log into boards. What an experience.

Here are the two images that I used for this layout. The windmill and the cutting of the log.

And this is my final layout.

If you would like to see how I did this, click on the READ MORE >> >> >>

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 12 August 2014 . . . Free & Easy

Another edition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. This is another Free & Easy edition. 

For this Tuesday, 12 August 2014, I have used another of my photos from the 1950s. At the time I was using a Leica M3 35mm film camera. I was using Kodak Panatomic-X Black & White film. I was developing my film and printing my own photos. 

The image I used is a photo of a flower merchant in the Trier, Germany, central market square on flower day, in 1955. Here is the image.

I used a technique that is somewhat similar to what I showed recently in an earlier Texture Tuesday episode. This is what I ended up with for my final image.

If you would like to see what I did, please click on the READ MORE >> >> >>

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 5 August 2014 . . . free & easy

A free & easy edition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.

I have been doing Texture Tuesdays since May 2011. I have missed very few. They have been a lot of fun for me. And, they still are. I appreciate all the textures that Kim has made for us. She has been most generous, as most of my textures I have received free by being on her Texture Mailing List.

For today's free & easy edition, I would like to show you how to create a photos tossed on 
a table collage effect. I will actually do it using only one image. Here is the image I started with.

I ended up with this.

I thought about it a little more. Using one more of Kim's textures, I now ended with this.

If you would like to see how I did this, click on the READ MORE >> >> >>

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . free & easy . . . 29 July 2014

Another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. This is another free & easy eDition.

Cathy at Ma Vie Trouvee had suggested that I use some of my my photos that I took when I was living in Germany in the mid-1950s for some of my blog posts. This is a great idea. One of my favorite photos is one that I took in the small town of Spangdahlem in 1955. It is of a traveling woodworker journeyman. 

I used Kim's texture as a background paper for my image and ended up with this image.

If you would like to see how I did this, click on the READ MORE >> >> >>

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 22 July 2014 . . . free & easy

This is a free & easy edition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.

I was looking through my photos to see what to use for this Texture Tuesday. I came across the photos I took at Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, in March 2010, during their Secret Garden exhibit. I selected this image to use. These beautiful flowers were in a large planter that was in the shape of a swan. I have cropped the image so that only some of the flowers are in the image.

Then I saw this photo and thought that it would be nice if I could use the color of this image on the image of the orange flowers.

And, that is what I did. And, of course, I also used two of Kim's textures. I ended up with this.

If you would like to see what I did, please click on the red READ MORE >> >> >>