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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 and Lightroom 4, and Corel Painter X. However, I believe that much of what I show can be done using Photoshop Elements.



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Texture Tuesday … Simple … 22 April 2014


For this eDition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen, Kim gave us the following theme:



          Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, April 22nd.
          SIMPLE

I thought about simple. I can do simple. At least I thought I could. You'll have to tell me how I did.
I decided to start with an image of a vase that I have. The name of the vase is Milkweed. It was made by Ephraim Faience Pottery.


And, this is my simple eDition for this Texture Tuesday.

I am using Photoshop CS6. However, Photoshop Elements users . . . did you know that Elements lets you adjust the Fill Opacity (not just the layer Opacity). I'll tell you more when I show how I did the shadow flower.
If you would like to see how I came up with my "Simple" eDition, click on the READ MORE >>>

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Texture Tuesday … Perfectly Imperfect … 15 April 2014

For this week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen, Kim gave us for our theme:



          Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, April 15th
          Perfectly Imperfect......


For this, I decided to try something a little different with some of Kim's textures. Here is my original photo. I liked the proportions of the image straight out of the camera, so I used the image just as it was.


I ended up with this image. I think it fits the Perfect … Imperfect rather nicely. The flowers are rather perfect to start with, but end up rather imperfect in that they look like they have withered and are now dying.





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


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Collage Obsession . . . 13 April 2014 . . . Glow



For this week's challenge, Kaylene gave us

Glow

I have chosen the word "Glow" for our challenge. A definition of glow..."a steady radiance of light or heat". Synonyms are "radiance, luminosity, shine, gleam and glimmer".


When looking up at the night sky and seeing all those little points of light, I sometimes wonder where they all came from. Here is my answer.




That's it.

Visit Collage Obsession and see what others have done.

Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Texture Tuesday …for the love of…8 April 2014


For this eDition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen, Kim gave us this theme:


     Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, April 8th
     for the love of ______? whatever comes to mind.....

I chose "for the love of learning."

I always like to learn something new. So, I thought about learning something new about Photoshop. There are so many things that can be done with Photoshop. I am using Photoshop CS6. There are many places on the Internet where you can find out a lot of information about what Photoshop can do. I have used Photoshop since it first became available. And, there is still so much that I don't know about what it can do. It is a tremendously capable program. So I poked around and found the Color Lookup Adjustment Layer. This is new in CS6. I didn't know anything about this . . . so. 

This is the image I started with. I cropped it into a square format, 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi.



And, this is what I ended with after using the Color Lookup Adjustment Layer, and a couple of Kim's texture.



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


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . Free & Easy . . . 1 April 2014

This week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen is a Free & Easy Edition.


Here is what I did for for this Edition of Texture Tuesday.


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


Monday, March 31, 2014

Collage Obsession . . . Silhouette . . . 31 March 2014


For this week's Collage Obsession, Tiffany gave us:


THE CHALLENGE

This week's challenge is to incorporate a silhouette into your artwork. 


I was looking through some of my photos trying to come up with an idea of what to use to make a silhouette. I tried several images, but they didn't do it for me. I wanted something different. I finally came across some images of my granddaughter riding her horse. I thought this might be what I wanted to use. This is the image I started with, cropped to 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi.



And, this is what I had at the end of my creation of a ride in a fanciful forest.


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


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pixel Dimensions and Document Size


I was recently asked to explain how the Pixel Dimensions and Document Size in Photoshop are related and how to make changes to them. I tried to explain it over the phone, but I was getting a little more complex in my comments to have it really understood. So, I made this video in hopes that it will be more clear after seeing the video.


Pixel Dimensions and Document Size from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I hopes this helps.

Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl