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



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.



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 15 July 2014 . . . Free & Easy

It's wonderful. Another Tuesday and another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. I love Tuesdays. Actually I have always loved Tuesdays. The new adventure has begun and a few more days to see what will happen during the week. 

This is another free & easy edition of Texture Tuesday. And it gave me a chance to use my new camera. I infrequently used my Canon 40D DSLR camera. It was just getting too big and bulky and old for me to use comfortably. Mostly I was using my point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot S90. This has all the basic controls of a DSLR without interchangeable lenses. But, the itch for a newer camera was upon me. I decided on the Canon G16. It again has all the controls but no interchangeable lenses. However, it has f/1.8 at wide angle and f/2.8 at 5X telephoto. This makes it nice for taking shallow DOF photos, such as in some still lives. So, I traded in my old Canon 40D and got the new G16. Happy, happy.

I set up a still life near the south and east facing windows in my dining room. I covered my folding table with a piece of dark patterned batik fabric. And used a white tea cup. saucer, and creamer. Here is my original photo.



And, after my editing, I had this.



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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 8 July 2014 . . . Free & Easy

For this Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen we have a Free and Easy Edition. 

I used my new portable table for setting up my still life. I am still in love with the table top, so all I used for the still life was one of my vases. The vase I used is one called Snowberry, made by Ephraim Faience Pottery. The vase is about 5.5-inch high and 6.5-inch tall. Here is my original photo.




I tweaked the image a little in Lightroom 5 and then brought the photo into Photoshop CS6. Here is what I ended up with after my editing.



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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Texture Tuesday…1 July 2014…Free & Easy

Happily, another Tuesday with Kim Klassen. This is another Free & Easy edition.

I am enrolled in Kim's Be Still - Fifty Two class. So far I have been mostly following along with the material and not really doing much. Much of the class is about still life photography and using Lightroom. Up to now I have been doing very little still life. One of my reason for not doing more is that I didn't have a very good place to set up a still life. Well, let me say that I could have found someplace, but still life photography was not usually my thing. Most of my photos are taken where I find something to photograph. Not much pre-planned. 

I figured that since I was in the Be Still class I needed to start trying something outside my normal box of photography. I needed a place to set up my still life . . . and something to put it on that was portable. I ordered a wooden, folding table that is eucalyptus hardwood with warm, mahogany brown tone. This is nothing like Kim's used and white for most things. I could set it up on my deck in the shade and have a great place to set up my still lives. It arrived and this is what it looks like.



This is my first set up for a still life using my new portable surface. It includes a vase that my mother bought in about 1925. She bought it in Los Angeles in a local little department store called Kling's Department Store. She liked it because it had all the palm trees on it. It reminded her of the street our home was on. There is a piece of cotton batik fabric, the book I was reading, and my glasses. I love the table top. I also love that the table is made from eucalyptus hardwood. There were many eucalyptus trees in Southern California. I love the fragrance from them. 

As I was growing up, the vase was sitting on the top of a room divider between our living room and dining room. When the day's mail was brought in, it was placed on the shelf leaning onto the vase. One of my early memories.

This is how my edited image looks after a little tweaking in Lightroom and then mostly in Photoshop. 





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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 24 June 2014 . . . free & easy


Another Tuesday means another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. For this Texture Tuesday, Kim gave us for our theme:

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 24th
free & easy.

I was looking through some of my photos that I took at Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska. in November 2010. I came across this image of a chrysanthemum next to some oranges that were growing inside the floral display hall. I knew that I wanted to use it for this Texture Tuesday. Here is my photo that has been cropped and sized to fit my 12 x 12-inch layout page.



And, this is what I did to it after my editing.



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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 17 June 2014 . . . free & easy

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



          Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 17th
          free & easy.

It always takes me a while to decide what I want to do for these free & easy editions of Texture Tuesday. I like to try new things with Photoshop. I had recently watched a video by Julieanne Kost that showed how to straighten tilted portions of a photo. Julieanne used Puppet Warp to do this. As I watched the video, my mind started thinking about how I could use Puppet Warp to create artistic versions of some of my photos. Puppet Warp, I believe, was added to Photoshop in CS5. I do not know if it is in PS Elements. I am using Photoshop CS6 on a Mac.
I started with this photo.

And, ended with this image.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . 10 June 2014 . . free & easy

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



          Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 10th
          free & easy.

For this eDition of Texture Tuesday, I want to show you how to make a version of a mandala. Here are a couple of examples of what I mean.

I used this image to create this 8-section mandala. Each section is composed of two parts. One part has an image and the other part is a mirror image reflection of the first part.




Here is another example.



To show how to do this, I will use the following image to make this mandala.





I believe this can be done using Photoshop Elements. However, I am using Photoshop CS6 on a Mac.

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