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.



Thursday, December 23, 2010

Neutral Papers Freebie from EarlK Design


WISHING YOU A MOST HAPPY SEASON WHEREVER YOU LIVE!

I wish to take this opportunity to give you a gift of 10 papers that I have created. They are not necessarily holiday papers. They can be used any time of the year whenever they are what you need for your layout.  They are mostly neutrals and fairly light. 

Here are four examples.


All the files are 12 x 12 inch, 300 ppi, RGB, and JPG file format. Remember, if you need a different color for your layout, you can always use a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer. Click to Colorize, and then adjust the Hue, Saturation and Lightness to suit what you what for your particular layout.

For instance, the example three above, the bluish one, can look like this depending on what hue you use in the Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer.




If you would like to download these 10 papers, you can click here. That will take you to 4shared.com. From there you can download the file. The file is a ZIP file. You will need to unzip the files to get to the papers. If you haven't used 4shared.com before, when their page opens, on the left-hand side of the page there will be a blue rectangle with a white arrow pointing downward with white text saying "Download Now." Click on that blue box. This will take you to a new window that will have a box that says "Your download link will appear after wait." There will be a circle with the wait period counting down. After the wait, where the words "Your download link will appear after wait" were, you will see the words "Download file now." Click on those words and your download will begin. At least this is how it works on my iMac using the Firefox browser.

I hope that you enjoy these papers.

Happy holidays to all!


Earl

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Template Freebie from EarlK Design

Here is a freebie template that I hope you enjoy. It is a layered PSD document. In addition to just using the template, I hope that you will notice how it is constructed so that you will be able to create some of your own templates in the future. I created the template in Photoshop CS4. For one of the text layers, I used Paths to create the shape of the text. However, I believe that those of you who are using Photoshop Elements can still use the text area and enter your text into the shape since I created the shape in CS4.

Here is what the template looks like in the 4 photo setup. 


There are many layers. You can turn the visibility of the layers off or on depending on how you want to use the template.  I believe the layers are all named so that you can see what they are.  Here are some of the other arrangements that you can create.





In addition, there are several layers at the bottom of the layer stack that can be used to vary the background. There is a solid color fill layer, a gradient fill layer, a blending layer, and the leaf layer. Notice the blending modes that have been used and also the changes in the Opacity in some of the layers. All can be adjusted by you for what you want for your layout. Turn what layers you want to use on and those that you don't want off. Mix and match! Have fun.


If you want this template, you can download it from 4shared.com. The PSD file will be in a ZIP file when you download it. You will have to unzip the file to use the PSD file. To download the file, Click here.  If you haven't used 4shared.com before, when their page opens, on the left-hand side of the page there will be a blue rectangle with a white arrow pointing downward with white text saying "Download Now." Click on that blue box. This will take you to a new window that will have a box that says "Your download link will appear after wait." There will be a circle with the wait period counting down. After the wait, where the words "Your download link will appear after wait" were, you will see the words "Download file now." Click on those words and your download will begin. At least this is how it works on my iMac using the Firefox browser.

Enjoy life and I hope that your digiscrapping gives you more enjoyment from life! 


Earl

Monday, December 13, 2010

Quick Tips with Earl Number 5

Here is a Quick Tip showing you how to use the Pen Tool to make a smooth curve to create a path. You can then stroke the path with a brush and have the brush follow the path. There is a lot more that you can do with the Pen Tool, but here I will show you how to create just a smooth curve.

I have opened a document that has a curve on it that I want to create. It is the curve that the stars follow. I reduced the Opacity of the layer to about 40% so that it would be easier to see what I do on top of it. But this allowed transparency to show. I added a new layer below the Believe layer and filled it with white. Then I selected the Pen Tool.


Then go to the Pen Tool Option bar and click on Paths. Now when you use the Pen Tool it will crete a path.


I will start in the center of the image to start the path. I clicked over the area near the first star in the curve. I just clicked at this point. You will see a little square at that point.


Then I click (don't let go) on a point that is around the curve where it is about where it would be a quarter of the way around a circle if a circle were there. Then I drag outward along what would be a tangent to the circle at that point. And I continue to drag and move the angle of this tangent line until the curve of the path is where I want it. Then let go of the mouse.


Then go around the curve again to about one quarter of the way where a circle would be. Click and drag to create the path between here and the previous point. Thinking of a tangent to a circle at the point helps you just drag straight out in the direction of the tangent.


Then go to the next place that is about one quarter around a circle and click and drag again.


And, do it again.


And, again.


And, one more time near the end of the curve that we want. This time we only have to drag just a little way to get the path to fit the curve we want.


Since that is the last point we want on our path, hit the Escape key to tell Photoshop we are finished with the Path Tool. And we see our path as the line on our document. It is a path. It is not a stroke.


Now, open the Paths panel. You will see that a Work path layer is selected. That is the path we just made. Double click on the words Work path to save the path.


You can just click OK and accept the default name of Path 1.


Now go back to the Layers panel and create a new layer at the top of the stack. This will be the layer that we put our brush along the stroke.


I go back to the Paths panel. Then I select the Brush Tool. From the Brush presets, I selected a flower instead of the star like on the ad. I then opened the Brush panel. In Brush Tip Shape, you can see the brush I selected. I set the Diameter to 64 px, the Spacing to 122%. These are values I used for this example. You may need to use other values for your brush.


Then, in Shape Dynamics, I set Size Jitter to 100% and Angle Jitter to 50%.


Then, in Scattering, I set Scatter for Both Axes and for 80%,


Make sure that the Path 1 layer is selected and that your Foreground color is the color you want the flowers to be, white in this case (even though you see mine is brown here; imagine it is white). Then click on the icon at the bottom to Stroke path with brush.


And you now have the flowers going along the path.


In order to see what we created more easily, I turned off the visibility of the original ad layer and created a solid brown layer below it. We see our flowers around the path. But, we can also see the line of the path.


All you need to do is go to the Paths panel and click below the Path 1 layer to deselect the layer. This turns off the visibility of the path.


And, there you have how to create a smooth curve with the Pen Tool and stroke the path to put your brush along the path.  This is just a beginning of how to use the Pen Tool. Hopefully you found it easy to use. Many of the more complex things that can be done with the Pen Tool are also easy once you see how it is done.

I hope you enjoyed this Quick Tip.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Other Days with Earl Episode 15: Rounded Corners Template

In this Episode of Other Days with Earl, I will show you how to use what I have shown you in some of the previous Episodes to make a page layout template. You then can use the template over and over again using different papers, photos, and added elements.

I have you start with opening our normal new 12 x 12 inch, 300 ppi, RGB, white background document.



We add in new layers creating a basic template that has an area for 3 or 4 photos that have rounded corners on some of the corners. Or we could use 1 or more of the areas for journeling. We end up with this basic template.


We will make the template so that it is easy to change colors and gradients. Also easy to change the photos.

Here is an example of one use of the template.


And here the photos have been easily replaced.


I think you will see that it is quite easy to create your own templates.


If you would like to have a copy of Other Days with Earl Episode 15: Rounded Corners Template-Using what you know to make a template, you can download the PDF file for the episode by clicking here. 

 I have also made available to you the layered PSD file of the template that you can also download from 4shared and use. However, I do recommend that you create your own template while going through the tutorial. The file is large (about 170 MB) and may take a little while to download. If you do want the layered PSD file click here.


I hope you find this episode interesting and helpful.

Earl



Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Other Days with Earl Episode 14: Rounded Corners

What is Earl up to? In Other Days with Earl Episode 12, Earl was showing us how to keep from getting rounded corners. Now, he wants to show us how to get rounded corners.

Yes, now I want to show you how to get rounded corners. I want to show you how to get round corners on one, two, three, or four corners of a rectangular shape. Such as the following:


I'll show you how to put the rounded corners on one corner, two corners on the same side, two corners on opposite corners, three corners, and all four corners. Then I will show you how to add strokes to these shapes while keeping the round round and the square square.



Then I will show you how to make thin overlays, with one, two, three, or four rounded corners, that you can use to highlight certain areas of your layout. I don't actually show you this image in the Episode, but others that will show you how this one was done. If you want to see how the edge border was done, you can go to Other Days with Earl Episode 1: Crinkly Edge, dated July 26, 2010. There I show you how to do it. Episode 1 is near the beginning of my blog.

Episode 14, this episode. is in a PDF file that you can download from box dot com. In order to download the PDF file, click Here. 

I hope you find this episode helpful to you in your designing your layouts.

Enjoy what you do!

Earl

Monday, November 22, 2010

Other Days with Earl Episode 13: Using Your Smarts

Have you been taking advantage of your Smart Objects and Smart Filters? They can really help you with your page layouts. In this episode of Other Days With Earl I want to show you how you can make grungy masks to which you can clip your images and give them a grungy edge.

As an example, I wanted to give this image a grungy edge. I took this photo at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, 5 November 2010, during the Fall Chrysanthemum Show.


I used this image to give it the grungy edge. This is a photo of me and my pet turtle and a couple of my racing pigeons. The photo was taken summer 1943 when I was 13 years old. World War II was going on and that is part of our Victory Garden behind me.


And, this is my result.


As another example, I used this photo to create the grungy edge. I took this photo at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, 5 November 2010, during the Fall Chrysanthemum Show.


And this is the result.


And, it is very easy to replace the image and the PSD file you are using to create the grungy edge since you are using your smarts.

I show you how you can use any PSD file to create the grungy edge. In addition, I show you how to create some textures that you can use for creating grungy edges or you can use them as blending textures when you are making background papers.


I hope this intrigues you. It is really a very quick way to make grungy edges for a mask.


You can download this Episode of Other Days with Earl, Episode 13: Using Your Smarts by clicking here. The download file is a PDF file.





 Enjoy your scrapbooking! Live Life!


Earl